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The Orange Bowl unveiled updated media centers in August of 2018 at three South Florida elementary schools, powered by Extra Yard for Teachers, the College Football Playoff (CFP) Foundation’s primary community platform.
North Grade Elementary was selected as the Palm Beach County winner, Sea Castle Elementary was selected as the Broward County winner and Miami Gardens Elementary was selected as the Miami-Dade County winner. The three schools were chosen from among the 110 schools in the three counties who submitted entries to win a fully-funded media center makeover for their school. The winning schools were announced and recognized during a special in-game presentation at the 2017 Capital One Orange Bowl.
The Orange Bowl Media Center Makeover Project is powered by Extra Yard for Teachers, which, elevates the teaching profession by inspiring and empowering teachers through the implementation of programs in four focus areas: resources, recognition, recruitment and professional development. Overall, the CFP Foundation and its partners have donated $20 million to educational initiatives over the last four years, impacting 152,000 teachers and 4.6 million students.
All three winning schools will receive new modernized classroom furniture that makes for a more inviting and exciting learning environment such as book shelves, tables, desks, chairs, as well as soft colorful seating for reading areas and creative spaces. The installations were completed by CFP Foundation partner, School Specialty, Inc. (SSI), featuring SSI Guardian home of the 21st Century Safe School™ and provider of innovative solutions that support integrated learning environments for improved student social, emotional, mental and physical well-being.
The media centers serve as the information hub of the schools where students can read and check out books and use computers. Faculty, staff and parents of students will also see a benefit from the updated media centers as many faculty, staff and parent meetings and trainings are held in the school media centers, as well.