Media Room Makeover Contest for Local Schools

by Allison Kaufman and Deb Havens

media center furnitureIf your school media room needs a makeover, the Grand Rapids Griffins and Farm Bureau Insurance Company want to hear from you. Your elementary or middle school in Kent County or the Thornapple-Kellogg district could be a big winner. Simply answer the question “Why does your school need a media room makeover?” Provide an optional photo of your existing media room, computer lab or library. Applications may be submitted by anyone interested, including school principals, administrators or teachers. Applications are due online between now and April 1, 2015 at

The media room makeover could consist of a variety of new resources such as computer hardware, software, books, furniture, paint, carpet and light construction, with a value ranging from a minimum of $5,000 to as much as $10,000-$15, center computers

Following the application deadline on April 1, all entries will be reviewed by the Griffins and Farm Bureau Insurance and narrowed to a pool of three finalist schools, each of which will receive a site visit as part of the final selection. The Griffins and Farm Bureau will choose the winning school by April 30, assist school officials in the makeover of the school’s media room this summer, then host a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the start of the new school year in August or September.

Several partners have signed on to provide assistance with the makeover as needed, including Comprenew and Mike Case of Case Construction. In addition, the Kent Intermediate School District and the Diocese of Grand Rapids Office of Catholic Schools are supporting the contest by communicating the opportunity to every elementary and middle school principal in Kent County, as well as the Thornapple-Kellogg district in Barry County (which is served by KISD). All eligible schools with a need are encouraged to apply.

Official rules and regulations of the contest are available here .

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