Supporting our local schools is tremendously important to me. KIPP schools are nationally recognized for preparing underserved students for success in college and in life. Over 85% of KIPP graduates have gone on to college. So I wanted to do everything I could to transform Renaissance high’s reading room into an ideal place for learning. One of the great focal points of the reading room was the freshly painted chalkboard on the wall. This is something really easy that anyone can do. You can use a board or even paint it directly onto the wall. I picked up a quart of chalkboard paint from Helm and applied it directly to the board. I let it dry for about a day. This was an easy fix to a big eye sore. Also in the room there were multiple chairs that were great for the space but needed a little sprucing up. You can always reupholster the seat cushion and transform the chair drastically to fit your interior and that’s exactly what we did. Floor de lis donated the carpet, Mike Fennelly and Allison Steward all helped pull this room together.