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North Farmington Hills High School Gets Spring Break Makeover

After a student made them aware of the sad condition of one of his classrooms, workers from the local Home Depot stepped in and painted walls, installed new ceiling tiles and put in new flooring

A team of volunteers from Home Depot gave a North Farmington Hills High School classroom a makeover during spring break.
A team of volunteers from Home Depot gave a North Farmington Hills High School classroom a makeover during spring break.

While North Farmington High School students are away on Spring Break, one of the school’s classrooms has been far from empty.

It has been buzzing with activity, thanks to the initiative of senior William Morganti, who was so discouraged by the condition of the carpet, ceiling tiles and walls in one of his classrooms that he reached out to the local Home Depot store for help, The Oakland Press reports.

“It just wasn’t a place that made me feel good,” he said.

Nicole Gatteri, who works at the Farmington Hills Home Depot, showed Morganti’s letter to her store manager.

“Because the letter was from a student, it got my attention,” she said.

A grant from the  Home Depot Foundation for $2,000 in materials was approved to freshen up the classroom.

When students return to school Monday, they’ll find new laminate flooring, freshly painted walls and new ceiling tiles, compliments of volunteers from the store who put in a combined 80 hours of work to spruce up the classroom.

“I feel like I accomplished something,” Morganti said, nothing the timing of the effort just before graduation. “I am leaving my mark on this school.”


Brenden Misener April 14, 2014 at 08:45 AM
So please don't complain about the school district if it wasn't the school district who funded this project.
Michael Ritenour April 14, 2014 at 09:18 AM
"Just always wondered why other areas, even ones that are not very well off, always seemed to have nicer schools." So, you're basing your whole rant on how other areas "seem" to have nicer schools? How did you come by that "fact": a drive by? A visit to all those other schools? ANY published statistics? Let me suggest that it's just the same tired trashing of FPS so you and your cronies can avoid paying for improvements (or anything else, for that matter). Which will continue the decline of the schools, which you will continue to use to justify your refusal to pay, around and around ad nauseum. Nice backpedal, but I'm not buying it.
CJ April 14, 2014 at 12:41 PM
We pay around 44 mills in Farmington Hills which is among the highest tax rates in the State. Lake Orion, Birmingham, Bloomfield Hills, Novi and several others pay far less and perform better in school rankings. Go over to the patch sites of any of these cities and you won’t see articles of school buildings falling apart or being temporarily closed due to poor maintenance. Novi is seeking a $70 million dollar school bond in May that won’t increase the millage rate due to increasing tax base among other reasons. Lake Orion pays around 32 mills and has the best performing schools in the state right now. Farmington doesn’t even crack the top 10 schools in MEAP scores in Oakland county. I don’t like to bash one side or the other but looking at the facts and statistics, Farmington Hills doesn’t appear to be managing their funds to the best of their abilities.
Andy April 14, 2014 at 10:47 PM
have been in many of the schools over the years, how bout you? did you attend the schools here? how long have you lived in FH ( 36 years here) taxpayers are tired of FPS crying poor when the schools have been in the condition that they are for as long as I can remember. Why should people think that all of a sudden that will change if a bond was passed. Where would there be "published statistics"? Go see the schools for yourself and then look at the condition of other districts that pay the same or similar mills that we do. The only thing I have seen published are absurd salaries of the Superintendant, principals etc. If FPS better managed money and could clearly outline how it intends to use the money for any bond passed then maybe some residents would be willing to pay.
Michael Ritenour April 15, 2014 at 06:44 PM
Blah blah blah blah no taxes blah blah outrageous salaries blah blah blah blah won't pay blah blah blah Tea Party blah blah blah blah who need schools? blah blah blah.....

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