October 19th, 2016
Students and teachers at Golden Empire Elementary School in Sacramento, California, have reason to smile these days: They now have a classroom transformed into a place for students to participate in the RedRover Readers program. Golden Empire Elementary has fully adopted the RedRover Readers program and uses it to promote positive relationship skills on campus.
Because of the program’s impact, RedRover won IKEA’s Life Improvement Challenge this year, which provided RedRover with an in-kind donation of IKEA furniture for this school. The community came together to help beautify the classroom, and now the school has a dedicated space to implement the RedRover Readers program.
Here’s how this rewarding project unfolded:
August 2015: Teachers at Golden Empire Elementary take the RedRover Readers professional development training
and learn how to promote positive relationship skills like empathy in their classrooms.
April 2016: RedRover wins IKEA’s Life Improvement Challenge.
May 2016: The RedRover, IKEA and Sacramento City School District teams meet at the school
to begin the design process to makeover the classroom and teacher’s lounge.
|IKEA’s design team got right to work measuring the space.|
|This is what the classroom looked like before.|
|August 2016: Volunteers from RedRover, IKEA, the school and community came together to assemble the furniture.|
|Success! Golden Empire Elementary, IKEA and RedRover staff celebrate the project’s completion.|
|October 2016: Classroom makeover complete!|
Students now have a dedicated space to learn and explore empathy, compassion and kindness through the RedRover Readers program.