Ottoson Tech-Ed Rooms Get Facelifts
Over February break, an exciting project is taking place at Ottoson Middle School.
In December, I received a phone call from an old high school classmate, PJ Davey from a painting company in Nashua, NH. After seeing me on my facebook page doing some work on my classroom’s makeover, PJ told me he wanted to help. This is my third classroom renovation and I am excited that a old classmate is willing to donate labor and paint for the vision of my classroom. By the end of the week the entire technology education wing will be repainted, the floor will be ripped out and replaced, and new improved lighting will be installed. Businesses, students, guardians, and community volunteers are all coming together to make this project a success. I am aiming to create a more usable and innovative learning environment for students at Ottoson.
The Arlington Public School administration has been extremely supportive of the project that kicked off Friday of last week. We only have April vacation week to complete the renovation. With over a hundred volunteers from the community and school, this vision is on its way to becoming a reality.
Fundraising started in December through a concept called “Chores for Change,” where students performed chores at home in exchange for donations to the project. Ottoson has also received donations from parents, the Arlington community members, and The Ottoson Parent Advisory Council (OPAC). Home Depot of Watertown, MA donated labor and materials to complete the flooring, Shamrock Mayflower Moving Company of Wakefield, MA transported twelve woodshop lockers free of charge to a powdercoat company in Londonderry, NH. Graffiti artist, Adam Brown of Nashua, NH put the final wow-factor into the new tech rooms that everyone will love. And Keurig Coffee not only sent in volunteers but donated two coffee makers to the school for the staff!
Arlington Community Media, Inc. (ACMI) has been filming the project in its entirety. The local community will be able to see all the awesome work soon on Arlington television and in surrounding areas.
Tax-deductible donations are still being accepted for this project. If you can donate, send your donations to Ottoson Middle School or send your student to school with a check in an envelope to: Allison Oropallo. You can also contact me directly through this site.
This project is about the community coming together to improve the education of the future. On my February break, I’m working with awesome volunteers to improve the school- Arlington is an awesome community! I’ve worked as much as 16 hour days on this project and am proud to work in Arlington. I am beyond impressed with the community’s efforts of both the local community and school administration. This is my third classroom renovation in three states. And this type of renovation is my favorite!
The reveal is Monday morning at 9am. Come down to see the tech-ed rooms.