"We still do amazing things with what is currently in our room, but with this makeover, the possibilities are endless to inspire creativity within the kids."
Procter & Gamble's (NYSE: PG) Bounty today announced the grand prize
winner of its nationwide Make a Clean Difference contest. John
F. Kennedy Elementary School in Wayne, New Jersey was awarded a
$25,000 art classroom makeover that will be designed by Cortney and
Robert Novogratz of Bravo's "9 By Design."
Thousands voted for the 11 school finalists in the Make a Clean
Difference contest - and some fans even created videos to show their
support, but it is the entry for J.F.K. Elementary School that is taking
the grand prize this school year. With limited funding through the
school's budget, the art department is often last on the list for any
classroom updates other classrooms regularly receive. In a school of 456
students who participate in the art program, the furniture, storage
areas, art equipment and technology in the art room is dated, in need of
repair, or lacking all together.
"We are thrilled to be the recipient of the $25,000 grant from Bounty.
Our students are passionate about what they create and truly think of
themselves as growing artists. Our art room is in great need of
updating," said Mary Beth Kopacz, art teacher at J.F.K. Elementary. "We
still do amazing things with what is currently in our room, but with
this makeover, the possibilities are endless to inspire creativity
within the kids."
"J.F.K. Elementary could not be more deserving of this transformation,
and thanks to Bounty's grant, we are able to clean up and get really
creative to make this a one-of-a-kind space," says Bob Novogratz, Bounty
contest spokesperson. "Consulting with our 'experts,' a.k.a. our seven
children, we have already begun the process of designing a wonderful and
imaginative space where kids can be inspired and really get hands on
with their art projects."
Bounty has also awarded each of the 10 finalists with a $5,000 grant to
use toward transforming their school's art rooms and a visit from the
Bounty Make-A-Messterpiece art bus, an experiential art studio on
wheels. The finalists are:
Washington Elementary - Moline, IL
Whitehall Elementary - Bowie, MD
Quebec Heights Elementary School - Cincinnati, OH
Washington Middle School - Vista, CA
J.B. Sutton - Phoenix, AZ
Imagine Academy of Careers Education - St. Louis, MO
Central Montcalm Middle School - Stanton, MI
Our Lady of Calvary - Philadelphia, PA
Our Lady of Fatima Parish School - Huntington, WV
Pecatonica Elementary - Pecatonica, IL
"With this contest, Bounty hopes to empower consumers across the U.S. to
join in the effort to provide a clean and fun learning environment for
their children while helping to promote creativity in the home and at
school," says Bounty brand manager, Dave Lee. "We look forward to
providing a Bounty clean makeover for J.F.K. Elementary's art classroom
and watching the reaction of the children who get to experience the
Make-A-Messterpiece bus across the country."
For more information on the school transformation and at-home art
projects and simple in-school lessons, go to www.Facebook.com/Bounty
and click on the Contest tab.
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