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Transforming schools in just two hours

School Makeover brings corporations and large organizations in to refresh buildings
  • 2nd floor hallway
  • After: The school’s second-floor hallway walls were taped off and painted with a color chosen by students during the School Makeover event.
  • Before: A classroom
  • After: The School Makeover participants painted the walls of the entire classroom, hand-painted and installed new locker doors and created art-inspired ceiling tiles.
  • Before: Gym
  • After: It took over 100 people to paint all of the high walls of the gymnasium to give it a new look and feel during the School Makeover event.
  • Before: Outside activity wall
  • After: Volunteers built a new activity wall in an open space on the playground to encourage outdoor play.
  • Before: Peace garden
  • After: The School Makeover team planted different types of flowers and trees, and built a new trellis to update a peace garden that students can visit during lunch or recess.

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.