Students in District’s High Needs Schools will Benefit after Tampa Convention
For Immediate Release
Contact: Tanya Arja
Office of Communications
Tampa, Fla. – (November 7, 2018) – Students and teachers in some of our district’s highest needs schools will benefit from innovative classroom furniture after businesses in town for a Tampa convention donate furniture for students instead of shipping it back to their headquarters.
EDspaces is holding its conference at the Tampa Convention Center today through Friday, sharing the latest in transformational classroom learning environments. One company, Paragon Furniture, reached out to the Hillsborough Education Foundation with the proposal, saying it's less expensive for them to donate the furniture than ship it back after the convention. One other company has also agreed to donate to our school district and the Hillsborough Education Foundation is asking the other 220 vendors taking part in the convention if they’d like to donate as well.
Principals and members of the Hillsborough Education Foundation will be at the Tampa Convention Center at 2 p.m. on Thursday, November 8, to select and tag the furniture they choose for their schools. The schools selected are all part of the district’s Achievement Schools, high needs schools that are breaking down systemic barriers with targeted resources, supports, and opportunities for students, teachers, and leaders.
The schools that will take part in the furniture donation are: Foster, Potter, Burney and B.T. Washington Elementary Schools, Pizzo K-8 School, Woodson PreK-8 School, Dunbar and Lockhart Elementary Magnet Schools and Sligh Middle School. Once the principals tag the items with a special color coded tag, our district will pick up the items Friday afternoon and deliver them to the schools.