Fromberg class receives $25,000 classroom makeover

Photo by Lizzie Blumenthal

After submitting the winning essays and photos for a classroom makeover contest sponsored by 360 Office Solutions and CTA Architects Engineers, Fromberg’s third grade teacher Deb Hayes and second grade teacher Breanna Todd have a state of the art classroom to teach their students. 

Fromberg Superintendant, Terri Harris said that Hayes and Todd were one of 50 applicants of the state competition, who made it to the final three and were ultimately announced the winner in Oct. at the Montana Conference of Educational Leadership. 

Hayes and Todd entered the competition because budget limitations and decreased enrollment forced the two teachers to combine the second and third grade classes into one classroom, making it harder for students to stay focused and attentive. 

“The combo classroom was a new thing this year, and it was a quite a challenge keeping their attention span. We wanted to make learning more conducive for them,” Hayes said. 

‘CTA Interior Designer, Teri Coyle, designed the space to be functional, attractive, durable, and comfortable to elevate the learning environment and create the optimal setting for the students to achieve,’ the CTA blog explained. 

Hayes said new, comfortable desks and chairs for the students were priorities and is happy with the decisions. According to the Billings Gazette, Vic Shay, regional sales manager for 360 Office Solutions, noted the chairs were made to be flexible so students could move around.
‘The chairs are designed for motion, with the thought that a child’s attention span can stay intact for a longer period of time,’ Shay stated. 

Over the long President’s Day weekend, the transformation began. Hayes said volunteers helped move classroom items in and out, the room was painted a bright orange, new carpeting was installed and the furniture was brought in. 

‘Materials included $25,000 in HON Education furniture, new carpet tile from Shawn Contract Group, carpet installation by Pierce Flooring and Design, and zero VOC paint from Sherwin Williams,’ the CTA website wrote. 

With the new materials and less clutter in the classroom, Hayes said she is excited to teach our future generation. Her students also find the new classroom a great place to learn. 
One third-grade student said she did not want to leave the 4th grade because it was the best classroom ever.After submitting the winning essays and photos for a classroom makeover contest sponsored by 360 Office Solutions and CTA Architects Engineers, Fromberg’s third grade teacher Deb Hayes and second grade teacher Breanna Todd have a state of the art classroom to teach their students. 

Fromberg Superintendant, Terri Harris said that Hayes and Todd were one of 50 applicants of the state competition, who made it to the final three and were ultimately announced the winner in Oct. at the Montana Conference of Educational Leadership. 

Hayes and Todd entered the competition because budget limitations and decreased enrollment forced the two teachers to combine the second and third grade classes into one classroom, making it harder for students to stay focused and attentive. 

“The combo classroom was a new thing this year, and it was a quite a challenge keeping their attention span. We wanted to make learning more conducive for them,” Hayes said. 

‘CTA Interior Designer, Teri Coyle, designed the space to be functional, attractive, durable, and comfortable to elevate the learning environment and create the optimal setting for the students to achieve,’ the CTA blog explained. 

Hayes said new, comfortable desks and chairs for the students were priorities and is happy with the decisions. According to the Billings Gazette, Vic Shay, regional sales manager for 360 Office Solutions, noted the chairs were made to be flexible so students could move around.
‘The chairs are designed for motion, with the thought that a child’s attention span can stay intact for a longer period of time,’ Shay stated. 

Over the long President’s Day weekend, the transformation began. Hayes said volunteers helped move classroom items in and out, the room was painted a bright orange, new carpeting was installed and the furniture was brought in. 

‘Materials included $25,000 in HON Education furniture, new carpet tile from Shawn Contract Group, carpet installation by Pierce Flooring and Design, and zero VOC paint from Sherwin Williams,’ the CTA website wrote. 

With the new materials and less clutter in the classroom, Hayes said she is excited to teach our future generation. Her students also find the new classroom a great place to learn. 
One third-grade student said she did not want to leave the 4th grade because it was the best classroom ever.