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Plainville High School faculty members will soon enjoy an updated work room thanks to the efforts and luck of fellow faculty member Debbie Seibert, winner of a national "School Lounge Makeover" contest sponsored by California Casualty.

While perusing a National Education Association newsletter last summer, Seibert spotted the contest and completed the entry form on a whim. "It literally took less than five minutes to complete the entry form, which included a statement about why we deserved the makeover," explained Seibert. "We are very fortunate to have a renovated high school building, but our English Department's work room could use a little updating, so I sent it in, not thinking we would ever be selected." Seibert forgot about the contest until a recent faculty meeting, when representatives from the California Casualty organization came in with balloons and a mock check for $7,500 announcing that Seibert's entry had been selected for a makeover of the faculty work room.

That afternoon members of the high school's English Department met with a designer to brainstorm ideas for the room makeover. "My colleagues spend much time working in that space, and it is a place that we gather and bond as a department. Through the makeover, we will have a more comfortable and functional workspace," noted Seibert. "I'm very grateful that we were selected for the makeover " it was a pleasant surprise that we very much appreciate!"

According to information from California Casualty, there were approximately 40,000 entries for the makeover contest, from which a winner is randomly selected twice per year. The School Lounge Makeover program was developed to give back to the educational community. The high school's faculty room makeover is targeted for completion by January, 2014.

"I'm glad that Assistant Principal Coe decided to pursue the email he received stating that one of our teachers had won a contest! So many emails come across our desk and it is easy to discard such a message as potentially too good to be true. In this case, Mrs. Seibert's decision to take a chance on completing the entry form really paid off big for PHS. It was nice to see the level of excitement on Mrs. Seibert's face and we are appreciative of all who attended this exciting presentation," commented Plainville High School Principal, Steven LePage.

-Posted on December 2, 2013 at 02:25 PM

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