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When it comes to heroes in this world, teachers are at the top of my list.
They plant seeds.
They inspire generations of learners and help to make this world worth the living.
In my life they have poured life and creativity and joy of learning into each of my four children until it spills over into every aspect of our lives.
And for that I will always and continue to be eternally grateful.
So when Sherwin-Williams contacted me to work with them again on giving back to the community with a National Painting Week project, I jumped at the chance. National Painting Week is an annual celebration dedicated to the transformative power of paint and color in our homes and communities. In the past few years, I’ve been fortunate enough to be able to partner with Sherwin-Williams on a project for cancer survivors. I’ve also worked with local residents to transform a local community center.
But this year?
I think it might be my favorite year of all.
Because this year’s project is all about making a difference in the lives of the teachers at one of our local schools.
We started here.
This is the lobby of Imagine International Academy of North Texas. It’s an incredible local school whose mission is all about raising future leaders to make a positive contribution to their local and global communities. Over 1400 people walk through this lobby every day. This is the first thing people see when they enter the school and I wanted it to put its best foot forward.
I came up with the idea of incorporating their logo on the wall, but to do that on the red might be a little overwhelming.
So I wrote a proposal incorporating new furniture for the lobby and painting the existing walls and adding a little greenery and other ideas to create a space that truly represented the school.
And then I went to work.
And we patched the walls.
And painted the first coat of paint in Natural Choice SW 7011 all around the room.
And the second coat and the third coat.
We painted the molding and the bottom half of the wall Tricorn Black SW 6258.
And then the room looked like this.
Next, we painted the stripes in Repose Gray SW 7015.
And the room looked like this.
Next, I painted the mural on the wall and brought in furniture from Pottery Barn and lighting from Pottery Barn and pillows from Pottery Barn like these and these and a fiddle leaf fig.
That same space?
It looked like this.
Here’s a close-up of the mural on the wall.
It’s the school logo.
Caritas et scientia.
Charity and science.
The day after the installation I couldn’t wait to see their reaction.
That is my favorite part of any project like this.
Would they love it?
Would they like how it turned out?
Would they be all about their new lobby or would they call me up and tell me they wanted the red back?
About 9:30 my phone rang.
It was a group of teachers.
Calling me with excitement and exuberance and joy in their voices to tell me thank you.
They told ME thank you.
I told them I truly appreciated it and they were amazing and that it meant the world to me that they called.
If I had all the minutes in the world I could never, ever, ever thank them enough for what they have done for all those future generations.
If you are a teacher, can I take a moment to thank you too?
Thank you for giving back.
Thank you for believing and inspiring and challenging your students.
Thank you for waking up and showing up and putting one foot in front of the other and making a difference.
Every. Single. Day.
But most of all.
Thank you for teaching with your heart.
PS Speaking of thank yous.
This card showed up from the teachers and administrators at the school
I’ll keep it forever.
If you would also like to make a difference in your community or have a room at home that is begging for a refresh, National Painting Week is a great time to get started. Visit your local Sherwin-Williams store for 30% off on paints and stains May 25-June 4.
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