Students at Frazier International Magnet School of Chicago Public Schools were treated to a fresh-painted gymnasium, classrooms and hallways thanks to an event from School Makeover, a national charity team-building program for corporations and large organizations to make a difference in the communities where they do business. The program is organized by a corporate team-building company called Team Worx.
School Makeover equips teams of 500 to 1,000 people to completely make over a local school or schools in two hours. Volunteers from the corporation are divided into teams with instructions and supplies for a project, such as painting a classroom or planting a garden.
Corporations pay at least $149 per person to participate in a School Makeover event, which covers supplies. Trained School Makeover staff circulate throughout the school and assist in the projects. Schools are chosen by location, financial need and academic success.