Extreme Makeover Takes Over Adena

Extreme Makeover Classroom Edition Takes Over Adena
Posted on 02/13/2020
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before and after classroom photosTo the tune of “Move that bus!” from ABC’s former hit home makeover series, Adena Elementary School Principal John Mattingly exclaimed to two lucky fourth grade classes on Monday, “Do you want to see your new classroom?”

With that, a stampede of students broke through their two classroom doorways, each concealed by a paper curtain, to find their learning space outfitted with more than $22,000 worth of new furniture and equipment. A longtime partner of Lakota Schools, School Outfitters gifted the collaborative desks, chairs, mobile tables, whiteboards and storage carts to the district, their team delivering and installing the 125 pieces in just four hours. 

“My first reaction was ‘Wow’!” said fourth-grader Kaylee Penny, who first noticed that almost every piece in the room now has wheels.

Such mobile work surfaces, paired with other tools like trapezoid-shaped desks and whiteboard top tables for example, facilitate more collaborative learning environments and grouped instruction. Moreso, students can easily choose to work independently or in groups, sitting on a stool or standing up, on paper or on a whiteboard - all supporting Lakota’s move toward a more personalized learning experience marked by student choice.

“The kids are so excited about our new learning environment,” said Adena teacher Mila Dobnicker. “The new setup allows for better collaboration and small group intervention.”

“There are some unique features that will allow for more collaboration and personalized learning,” added Adena teacher Tricia Paugstat, pointing out that the desks allow for more circular grouping in which students can face one other and collaborate easily.  


“It was crazy. I never pictured my classroom like this, so I was really surprised,” said fourth-grader Anthony Brock, who is most looking forward to solving math problems on the new whiteboard tables.