The Orange Bowl Committee is proud to announce the third year of its Media Center Makeover Project powered by Extra Yard for Teachers for elementary schools in the Tri-County area.
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The Orange Bowl announced its second unveiling of updated media centers at three South Florida elementary schools as well as Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, as part of its Media Center Makeover Project powered by Extra Yard for Teachers, the College Football Playoff (CFP) Foundation’s primary cause platform.
All elementary schools throughout Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties were eligible to submit entries to win a fully-funded media center makeover. Coral Sunset Elementary was selected as the Palm Beach County winner, Lake Forest Elementary was selected as the Broward County winner and Blue Lakes Elementary was selected as the Miami-Dade County winner.
Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School will be receiving a state-of-the-art STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics) Center, which was constructed to honor those who lost their lives in the senseless tragedy that occurred at the school on Feb. 14, 2018. Additionally, the Orange Bowl created the Beigel-Feis-Hixon Valor Award in 2018 to honor coaches Scott Beigel (cross-country coach and geography teacher), Aaron Feis (assistant football coach and security guard) and Chris Hixon (wrestling coach and athletic director) who lost their lives protecting their colleagues and students. The first two recipients of the Award, which includes a $10,000 scholarship, were Travis Julmice of Stoneman Douglas and Chris Volpe of Jupiter High School.
The Orange Bowl will unveil the newly updated media centers during special media center opening events at each school, and the winning schools will be recognized during a special in-game presentation at the 2019 Capital One Orange Bowl on Monday, December 30 at Hard Rock Stadium.
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. In the first five years, the CFP Foundation and its partners have raised $30 million in support of education, impacting 250,000 teachers and over 5.5 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.