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Extreme Makeover Hits the High School Faculty Room!

on April 21, 2015

On Mon., April 20, the Warwick Valley High School Set Design and Production class revealed to the entire staff a project that had been seven months in the making: an “Extreme Makeover” of the high school faculty room.

In September, art teacher Rocco Manno approached WVHS principal, Dr. Larry Washington, about the proposed project. Dr. Washington was immediately on board, and gave Mr. Manno permission to do whatever work needed to be done. The Set Design and Production class of eight students then set out to design, build and bring the plan to fruition.
For the redo, the students restored an old, battered boardroom table, and then built two more to match. A high, 50’s-style bar counter was built and installed on one of the walls, and a new, high bar table with stools were added to the room.

New decorations also adorn the room, such as a 3D “Teachers’ Lounge” sign and enlarged, vintage photographs of old Warwick.

The project was generously funded by Mr. Manno, the Warwick Art Club Boosters and Dr. Washington. Special thanks also go to Wadeson’s Home Center who, without hesitation, donated all the paint needed to renovate the 1,400 square foot space.

Giving no clues to the staff as to what was about to happen, Manno and the art class students closed the faculty room for two consecutive days, and spent 30 hours painting, adding moldings, installing furniture and cleaning. After all the decorations were brought in and set up, the room was finished at 3:00 p.m. Saturday afternoon. That Monday, the entire WVHS staff, administration and Board of Education members were invited to enjoy the “big reveal,” along with coffee and donuts.


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