DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. – Five more Georgia schools will get School Crasher makeovers.
Georgia United Credit Union CEO Debbie Smith announced the names of the winning schools to voluneteers as they wrapped-up two days of work transforming Chapel Hill Elementary in DeKalb County, Grand Prize Winner of the School Crashers contest.
The winning runner-up school are:
• Cary Reynolds Elementary, Doraville – DeKalb County - $10,000 grant
• Valley Point Elementary, Dalton – Whitfield County - $5,000 grant
• SAGE School, Suwanee - $5000 grant
• Whit Davis Elementary, Athens – Clarke County - $5000 grant
• East Laurens High, Dublin – Laurens County - $5000 grant
Dancing capped off a morning of hard work on Friday, August 25. A joyful school atmosphere is what School Crashers is all about.
"One of the students said they wanted joy in the school. They wanted happiness," said Debbie Smith, CEO of Georgia United Credit Union, which sponsored the School Crashers contest.
From landscaping for beautifying the school grounds to giving brighter look to the building, the School Crashers effort is aimed at giving the school a makeover.
"This school is where I got my start," said Brandi Marshall, a former student who volunteered to help with the School Crashers effort. "I can't do anything but love it. I pass here on the way to my parent's house. Of course, I had to come here today and help out."
The idea for School Crashers came from Georgia United Credit Union. When the call for interest went out, a whopping 750 nominations came in from all over the metro area, including Coilette Murray, whose child will attend second grade at the school. She said she was excited for her child to see the makeover.
Principal Lawanzer Smith is also excited.
"A happy, bright, cheerful environment," said Principal Lawanzer Smith. "That will yield happy, bright, cheerful learners, so it means everything in the world. And, my babies are going to have it when they come back."
During the weekend, five runner-up schools will learn they will also get School Crasher makeovers.