Thank you Arlington: Classroom Renovation Complete

I just wanted to say thanks to all the awesome volunteers who worked on the classroom renovation this past week. Your enthusiasm and dedication to Ottoson and the Arlington community is inspiring. Businesses, students, parents, and the Arlington community all volunteered- over one hundred fifty volunteers. Your hard work has been invaluable to our classroom renovation.

Whether you used a drill or donated lunch, we as a community made this renovation come true together, and for students to see such great collaboration is a wonderful education in itself.

Thank you to the students at Ottoson who participated in “Chores for Change,” where they performed chores at home in exchange for donations. And thank you for all the donations from parents, the Arlington community, and The Ottoson Parent Advisory Council (OPAC). A special thanks to Home Depot of Watertown that donated labor and materials to complete the flooring, Shamrock Mayflower Moving Company of Wakefield that transported twelve woodshop lockers free of charge to a powdercoat company in Londonderry, NH, and graffiti artist, Adam Brown of Nashua, NH who put the final wow-factor into the new tech rooms that everyone loves. And to Keurig Coffee- they not only sent in volunteers but donated two coffee makers to the school for the staff! Also thank you to the custodians who have worked hard all week with us; starting early and ending late- we appreciate your help!

We are especially thankful to Sara Alfaro-Franco and Arlington Community Media, Inc. (ACMI) who dedicated time and equipment to bringing a show together on our classroom renovation. Sara and ACMI has been filming the project in its entirety so that the local community will be able to see all the awesome work soon on television in Arlington and surrounding areas.

And a final thanks to my old high school classmate PJ Davey who contacted me in December to help when he heard about my classroom renovation. This opportunity to help with a classroom renovation in a school environment was the first of its kind for PJ.

We are all excited and can’t wait for the reveal on Monday morning at 9am… If you volunteered (even if you didn’t) we hope you can make it!

Thank you EVERYONE!

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