School Pride Premieres

The new school makeover show, School Pride, premiered with great approval last Friday on NBC. The show features a team of teachers, parents, kids, and community members that come together to renovate their aging and broken down school. Each week the show will tackle a different school’s set of problems; many which schools across the nation are unable to remedy on their own.

The cameras follow students, teachers and parents as they roll up their sleeves and rebuild their own schools, concluding with the unveiling of a brand new, completely transformed school. Look for upcoming episodes that include school furniture donated by Sagus International, the parent company of American Desk and Midwest Folding Products. These lucky schools will receive fresh paint, new school desks, classroom chairs, cafeteria tables and a look towards a brighter future.

Sagus International, a Chicago-based innovative school furniture supplier, donated $250,000 worth of new furniture and school supplies to support “School Pride” makeovers of schools in Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Detroit, Michigan; and Needles and Los Angeles, California.

“When we heard about NBC’s ‘School Pride,’ we felt compelled to volunteer our support because their goals dovetail so closely with our ongoing efforts to create model 21st century learning environments across the nation,” said Sagus International CEO Darryl Rosser. “It’s been incredibly rewarding to support the NBC team as they work with local school communities to improve these schools. We can only hope that our partnership with ‘School Pride’ will inspire other companies to support schools in their communities, too.”

Sagus donated a variety of student desks and chairs; teacher desks and chairs; activity tables; computer tables; cafeteria tables; dry erase boards; and bulletin boards to four of the “School Pride” schools: Lanier Elementary School in Baton Rouge; Communication and Media Arts School in Detroit; Needles High School in Needles, California; and Hollenbeck Middle School in Los Angeles. Beyond the donated materials, members of the Sagus team – including its Temple, Texas-based division American Desk, its Chicago-based division Midwest Folding Products.

From executive producers Cheryl Hines (“Curb Your Enthusiasm”) and Denise Cramsey (“Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” and “True Beauty”), “School Pride” is a proactive, alternative series that tells the stories of communities coming together to renovate their aging and broken public schools. While transforming the school, the community also restores its sense of value and school pride.

The schools and communities highlighted in the series include Enterprise Middle School in Compton, California; Lanier Elementary School in Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Kingston Springs Elementary in Nashville, Tennessee; Communication and Media Arts School in Detroit, Michigan; Needles High School in Needles, California; Hollenbeck Middle School in Los Angeles, California; and Los Angeles Center for Enrichment Studies in Los Angeles, California.

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