Teacher gets $30,000 classroom makeover

By: Erica Rakow Email
By: Erica Rakow Email

Panama City-- A 7th grade teacher at Jinks Middle School in Panama City is the envy of the district.

During the teacher's back to school teacher pep rally a few weeks ago, Simone Copeland won a $30,000 dollar classroom makeover from Gulf Coast Office Products.

Tuesday, company representative Jack Rowell, took measurements of Copeland’s classroom so the work can begin.

Copeland has moved into a modular classroom while this room gets the make-over. So the next time her students walk back into the classroom it will have brand new furniture and look extremely different.

"Well before I got selected, as I told my students, I didn't think I would win. But when I won, when I heard my name, I was ecstatic! I got up and ran to that stage! I'm going to have a new room for my kids," said Simone Copeland who teaches 7th grade ASPIRE.

"Bay District Schools has been a longtime customer of ours. And we just decided this would be a way to give back for all the work and all the dedication we've have from the Bay District Schools," said Area Representative for Gulf Coast Office Products, Jack Rowell.

Gulf Coast Office Products which is based in Pensacola, will renovate the room during the students’ Thanksgiving break.


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