Interior design students and Addition Financial provide classroom makeovers

Tuesday, August 23, 2022
Written by: Carla Peterson

This is the fourth year Addition Financial hosted this inspirational contest, awarding one public school teacher from Orange, Seminole, Lake and Osceola counties with a classroom makeover. Addition Financial hired paid interns from the Seminole State College of Florida interior design program to take each teacher’s vision and make it into a reality.

All teachers from our neighboring counties were surprised to win and amazed with the way their classrooms were styled by Seminole State students. Markham Woods Middle School teacher Carol Ramsey told The Sanford Herald, “It feels very welcoming, the colors are perfect, I love the chairs, the softness of the furniture, and it’s just beautiful.”

People stand happily around newly decorated classroom at Markham Woods Middle School.
Markham Woods Middle School Teacher Carol Ramsey, Addition Financial staff, Seminole State interns, and friends are all smiles as they observe the newly decorated classroom.

Seminole State has many partnerships with various organizations spread across the counties but partnering with Addition Financial for the annual classroom makeover truly marks a deep sentiment of investing in the community’s tomorrow. The well-equipped and furnished classrooms the interior design interns created brought the teachers much motivation for this new school year. Interior Design Program Manager and Professor Holly Rodwick said, “The interior design students at Seminole State College were ecstatic about the opportunity to partner with Addition Financial to help our local teachers and give back to their community. The teachers expressed their ideas for a dream classroom, and the students worked diligently to bring their ideas to life. Not only were the design students able to get real-life experiences that helped prepare them for their future careers, but they also got to see how happy the teachers and students were with the final designs.”

Along with Markham Woods Middle School from Seminole County Public Schools, the other winning schools were Neptune Middle School, Umatilla High School and Academic Center for Excellence.

About the Interior Design program

Seminole State College offers the only four-year public interior design program in Central Florida. The program prepares students for the professional industry by providing knowledge and skills to solve a variety of design problems with the core value of protecting the health, safety and welfare of the public. For more information, visit the Interior Design website.

About Addition Financial

Founded in 1937 by 23 educators, Addition Financial serves more than 150,000 members. With more than $1.74 billion in total assets, Addition Financial offers its members an array of financial products and services at 22 full-service branches, nine high school branches, and more than 40 ATMs. Anyone who lives, works, worships, volunteers, or attends school in Orange, Seminole, Osceola, and Lake Counties may become a member. Qualified businesses and other entities may join as well. Addition Financial is the Official Financial Institution of the UCF Knights and owns the naming rights to the Addition Financial Arena on the University of Central Florida campus. Addition Financial is also the Preferred Credit Union for Seminole State College.