Farm Bureau Insurance, Detroit Pistons reveal reading room makeover in Detroit

Posted at 3:51 PM, Sep 26, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-26 15:51:37-04

Farm Bureau Insurance of Michigan and the Detroit Pistons unveiled their ‘reading room makeover for J. E. Clark Preparatory Academy in Detroit, which was chosen recently as the winner of the annual Reading Room Makeover Contest.

J. .E. Clark Preparatory Academy is an active, academic, nurturing, safe hub of the community it serves, with a strong commitment to preparing all children to be successful. Clark’s focus is on educating our students for 21st Century Careers. Staff encourage students to “Aspire to Go Higher in Education.”

Through this makeover, J. E. Clark’s library was transformed into a new learning space complete with new paint, carpet, shelving, technology, and Pistons themed graphics.

Several dignitaries spoke at the ribbon-cutting event, including VP of Marketing Vic Verchereau, Detroit Pistons Legend and Community Ambassador Earl Cureton and J. E. Clark Preparatory Academy Principal Monica Hester. Following the remarks, J.E. Clark students and their parents received their first look at the school’s new reading room.

"They went over and beyond to give these students exactly what they deserve," said. J.E. Clark Preparatory Academy Principal Monica Hester.

Work on J. E. Clark’s library began earlier this summer. In July, a host of volunteers – including agents and employees from Farm Bureau Insurance and others with connections to the school – put in a full day of demolition, painting and landscaping. During the last several weeks, the makeover continued with local construction company, painters, and electricians.

"Our priority, at Farm Bureau Insurance, through these events, is to empower Michigan's children and communities. Our E=MC2 program allows us to show these students that there are people in all four corners of the state rooting for them," said Vice President of Marketing Vic Verchereau. "If we can bring hope to a student where, all of a sudden they, too, realize they can dream because there's people that care about them -- that's an important value for our organization."

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