AUBURN HILLS, Mich. – Students at the Coleman A. Young Elementary School in Detroit will return to school this fall with a new library as winners of the “School Makeover” contest presented by a partnership between the Detroit Pistons and Farm Bureau Insurance.
More than 60 schools from across the state of Michigan entered the School Makeover contest. Elementary and middle schools submitted at least four images of their school’s library or gymnasium to be considered in the selection process. The newly renovated library at the Young school on Detroit’s west side will be unveiled during a special ribbon-cutting ceremony in September.
“Farm Bureau Insurance firmly believes in supporting safe and clean learning environments for our youth. Coleman Elementary staff, parents, and students, have not only exhibited a need in this area, but have the dedication and commitment to keep it preserved,” said Vic Verchereau, Farm Bureau Insurance vice president of Marketing. “We are proud to help them in achieving their goal of providing students with an organized, clean and safe media room and library. At Farm Bureau Insurance our mission is to protect the people of Michigan from the risks of everyday life and we couldn’t be more proud to present a program that helps us to do just that.”
The Detroit Pistons have renovated 29 facilities into Live, Learn, and Play Centers at schools, shelters, and hospitals in Michigan to date. The Coleman A. Young school library – with new paint, carpet, furniture, technology, and themed graphics and decorations – will make it 30!
“We congratulate the students, teachers and principals at Coleman A. Young, because the Detroit Pistons organization knows how important it is to learn in an environment that makes them feel more productive,” said Dennis Mannion, Palace Sports & Entertainment CEO and president. “We’re thrilled to have Farm Bureau Insurance provide this opportunity for this deserving school.”
About Live, Learn or Play: The NBA’s commitment to youth and family development is highlighted by the creation of Live, Learn or Play Spaces. These new and refurbished basketball courts, libraries, playgrounds, homes, fitness facilities and technology rooms are created in conjunction with NBA league and team community and business partners. Upon completion of each project, NBA family members officially dedicate the project by participating in educational activities and games with the local community. These spaces provide the critical resources that pave the way for children’s future success. Since October 2005, there have been more than 525 of these places created in more than 22 countries.
About Farm Bureau Insurance: Farm Bureau Insurance of Michigan was founded in 1949 by Michigan farmers who wanted an insurance company that worked as hard as they did. Those values still guide the company today and are a big reason why they are known as Michigan’s Insurance Company, dedicated to protecting the farms, families, and businesses of this great state. Farm Bureau Insurance agents across Michigan provide a full range of insurance services—life, home, auto, farm, business, retirement, Lake Estate®, and more—protecting nearly 500,000 Michigan policyholders.