Students and teachers at M. Agnes Jones Elementary School and M.R. Hollis Innovation Academy in Atlanta among the first to be awarded innovative, secure and inspirational learning spaces
GREENVILLE, Wis., Nov. 14, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — School Specialty, Inc. (OTCQB:SCOO) (“School Specialty”, “SSI” or “the Company”) through its continued partnership with the College Football Playoff (CFP) Foundation, is excited to announce the awarding of two major classroom makeovers to the M. Agnes Jones Elementary School and M.R. Hollis Innovation Academy in Atlanta, Ga., as part of the CFP Foundation’sExtra Yard Classroom Makeover Project and SSI’s 21stCentury Safe School initiative.
This transformative program and collaboration between School Specialty and the CFP Foundation aims to help schools and teachers with much-needed resources to support holistic, forward-thinking and secure educational environments for students in Atlanta as well as across the country.
Three additional schools will be chosen to receive makeovers in coordination with the Extra Yard for Teachers Summit on Saturday, January 6, 2018 at the Georgia World Congress Center ahead of the College Football Playoff National Championship on January 8 in Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
“Recognizing that a sound education cannot exist without a safe environment that inspires all students to learn, School Specialty is honored to work with the College Football Playoff Foundation to enable educators to create innovative, reliable spaces that foster meaningful experiences and support the critical skills our children require to be leaders in the 21st century,” stated Joseph M. Yorio, President and Chief Executive Officer. “The Company has been a leader in education for decades, and we take great pride in knowing that our solutions and services help drive positive student outcomes, while making education easier for those responsible for our youth. The 21st Century Safe School’s sole mission is to enhance education by addressing the emotional, mental, social, and physical perspectives of a quality education. We look forward to growing our partnership with the CFP Foundation to make a difference in improving our nation’s schools and advancing opportunities for students to succeed.”
School Specialty, featuring its safety and security subsidiary, SSI Guardian, and the CFP Foundation will provide classroom makeovers that include the provision of essential classroom supplies, the installation of modern, flexible furnishings and state-of-the-art technology equipment, as well as vital security upgrades – all key elements for a safe 21st century learning environment.
Speaking on behalf of M. Agnes Jones Elementary, Dr. Margul Woolfolk, the school’s principal underscored, “When I see children who are exposed to an environment like this and I know this is going to help with our student achievement, then it makes me feel as though what we’re doing is really going to make a difference.”
This is the second year School Specialty and the CFP Foundation have partnered on the Extra Yard Classroom Makeover Project. To date, 12 makeovers have been awarded, each valued at $25,000. Since its inception in 2013, the CFP Foundation’s programs and grants have impacted more than 97,000 teachers, 3 million students and 12,000 schools through its Extra Yard for Teachers platform. Through the extremely visible and powerful platform of college football, the CFP Foundation continues to effectively encourage and equip teachers across the country.
“Providing teachers with the classroom resources they need to be successful is a large part of our work,” said Britton Banowsky, CFP Foundation Executive Director. “We are so grateful for the partnership with School Specialty and for the support of the Extra Yard Classroom Makeover Project. An innovative learning environment makes a huge difference in student achievement.”
SSI Guardian’s President, Michael Yorio continued, “Working with schools across the country on upgrading their classrooms has been a very humbling and rewarding experience for our School Specialty team. Teachers are the backbone of the education our nation’s children receive, and this is our way of giving back to those who work tirelessly and do a phenomenal job at supporting their students. We also understand the challenges that educators face when resources are limited and hope to help lighten that burden by awarding fully-funded classroom makeovers that facilitate student success.”
Stay tuned to watch the classroom makeover at M. Agnes Jones Elementary come to life on November 15. A video highlighting the project will be aired at the College Football Playoff news conference taking place that day at Mercedes-Benz Stadium and released on Facebook and Twitter: @CFPExtraYard and @SchoolSpecialty.
About the College Football Playoff Foundation and Extra Yard for Teachers
The College Football Playoff (CFP) Foundation is the charitable arm of the College Football Playoff, supporting education across the country. The CFP Foundation’s primary platform, Extra Yard for Teachers, elevates the teaching profession by inspiring and empowering teachers through the implementation of programs in four focus areas: resources, recognition, recruitment and professional development. The CFP Foundation utilizes multiple partnerships to execute its initiatives and support positive educational outcomes. To learn more, visit www.cfp-foundation.org and follow Extra Yard for Teachers (@CFPExtraYard) on social media.
About School Specialty, Inc.
School Specialty is a leading distributor of innovative and proprietary products, programs and services to the education marketplace. The Company designs, develops, and provides educators with the latest and very best school supplies, furniture and both curriculum and supplemental learning resources. Working in collaboration with educators, School Specialty reaches beyond the scope of textbooks to help teachers, guidance counselors and school administrators ensure that every student reaches his or her full potential. Through its SSI Guardian subsidiary, the Company is also committed to school, healthcare and corporate workplace safety by offering the highest quality curriculum, training and safety and security products. Finally, through its SOAR Life Products brand, the Company offers thousands of products that sharpen cognitive skills and build physical and mental strength in fun and creative ways. From childhood through adulthood, they help individuals live life to the fullest – engaged, happy and well. SOAR Life Products is a customized offering for hospitals, long-term care, therapeutic facilities, home care, surgery centers, day care centers, physician offices, and clinics. For more information about School Specialty, visit www.schoolspecialty.com.
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