Oak Forest  Elementary School teachers started the school year with a new and improved faculty lounge thanks to volunteers from Atascocita Community Church. Volunteers recognized the need for the renovations after they started a mentoring program last year at the school called Kids Connect. The group adopted the project as a week-long summer initiative. Renovations included repainting all of the tables and chairs, painting the walls and shelves, and adding a backsplash just above the sink. In addition to a new coat of paint, the walls also display pictures of Oak Forest students. Volunteers also donated a brand-new microwave, kitchen supplies and kitchen shelving to create a more functional break room. Oak Forest Elementary Principal Sherri Wasilewski said she expects the renovation to help contribute to the success of student learning. “This wonderful contribution is a testament to just how much teachers at Oak Forest are valued and appreciated by the entire community,” Wasilewski said. “Their effort will not only provide a comfortable place for teachers to take a break and prepare for class, but it will also help increase productivity so we can work efficiently to enhance the learning experiences for all of our students.”  Alspaugh’s Ace Hardware of Kingwood, Lowe’s in Atascocita, 6Carr Photography, Ken’s Handyman Service, Kids Connect and Atascocita Community Church donated supplies and labor. Cutline: Atascocita Community Church and Kids Connect volunteers unveil Oak Forest Elementary School’s faculty lounge just before the start of the new school year. From left are: Atascocita Community Church volunteer Dennis Perkins, Family Pastor Dale Young, Principal Sherri Wasilewski, Asst. Principal Laurie Taska, Atascocita Community Church Director of Fine Arts Starla Gregory and  Mission Coordinator and Kids Connect organizer Dr. Bruce Guillory.

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