Ken-O-Sha Park Elementary wins Griffins Media Makeover

Ken-O-Sha Elementary School in Grand Rapids has been picked the winner of the second annual Media Room Makeover Contest put together by the Grand Rapids Griffins and Farm Bureau Insurance.

When representatives of the Griffins and Farm Bureau made site visits last week to Ken-O-Sha, Red Hawk Elementary and North Rockford Middle schools, the team was to help determine the winner of the valued $10,000-$15,000 makeover between the finalists of 21 schools involved.

Located in southeast Grand Rapids, Ken-O-Sha Park’s building was erected in 1964. The 165 students enrolled in preschool through fifth grade experience an inclusive environment, with the Grand Rapids Oral Deaf Program and Physically Impaired Program both on site. The programs provide special education services to children from all 20 school districts within Kent County.

Ken-O-Sha principal Stephanie Villalta, on the award,

“Ken-O-Sha Park Elementary is extremely grateful for this media center makeover and being able to partner with the Grand Rapids Griffins and Farm Bureau insurance. It is going to give our students a welcoming space to explore learning and deepen their love of literacy and reading! At Ken-O-Sha, we are creating opportunities for students to experience nature and the outdoors, and having an updated and current media center will allow students to connect those outdoor nature experiences to reading, writing and research projects through the use of multimedia.”

Over the next month, project partners, including Case Construction and Open Systems Technology will work on the details. Employees and volunteers from th Griffins and Farm Bureau will help with the makeover this summer and host a ribbon-cutting in September after the start of the school year.

Vic Verchereau, vice president of marketing at Farm Bureau Insurance, added,

“Farm Bureau Insurance is dedicated to Michigan. It is our home; the place we raise our families and hold close, all the things we cherish. We want the best for all children and families in our state. One of the best ways to do good for Michigan is to invest in our youth. The staff and leadership at Ken-O-Sha Park Elementary are doing just that. Their passion for their students is exactly why we are so excited to help them make a difference at their school. This new library/media center will help them inspire young minds and we are looking forward to getting started.”

Each of the other two finalist schools will receive $250 toward upgrading the amenities of its current media room. The winner of the inaugural Media Room Makeover Contest in 2015 was the Grand Rapids Child Discovery Center.