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California Casualty’s $7500 School Lounge Makeover® Unveiled for Plainville, CT Educators


Plainville, CT, December 23, 2013 … The New Year will bring a brighter, more comfortable work area for the English Department at Plainville High School, in Plainville, Connecticut, after a $7,500 School Lounge Makeover® from California Casualty.

Educator Debbie Seibert was announced as the latest winner of the nationwide contest in November. The renovated lounge was unveiled Friday, December 20. Teachers and staff were greeted by new vibrant colors; a stylish reading area with new furniture, area rug and accent chairs; a large metal table to accommodate a microwave, toaster oven and crock pots; a work space for a “floating instructor” who has no permanent classroom; and, what is thought to be a first for the School Lounge Makeover® contest, a lactation area. “It’s a now a striking, soothing area,” remarked Seibert.

Seibert discovered the California Casualty School Lounge Makeover® program while reading her NEA Today publication. “Thanks to California Casualty, we now have an efficient, inviting work space and lounge, including cabinetry with storage that is built at work height. This replaces the collection of scavenged desks and tables that held our equipment before. … and our instructional leader has a new chair for her office so she no longer has to tighten the screws weekly to avoid it collapsing under her,” she said.

Recognizing the lifelong impact of teachers and the current financial strain on public schools, California Casualty created the School Lounge Makeover® contest in 2011. Twice a year, one randomly drawn winner receives a major transformation of the primary space at his or her school that teachers and staff can go to rejuvenate and recharge.

Entries for the next California Casualty $7,500 School Lounge Makeover® are now being taken at A contestant must be an active employee of a K-12 public school or school administrator and a member of NEA or ACSA, COSA, NASA, KASE or OAESA. Should a school administrator win who does not work on a school campus, he/she will have the option of choosing the public school to receive the makeover. All members at the school may also enter, thus increasing their school’s chances of winning.

Headquartered in San Mateo, CA, with Service Centers in Arizona, Colorado and Kansas, California Casualty provides auto and home insurance to educators, firefighters, law enforcement and nurses across the country. Celebrating 100 years of service, California Casualty has been family led by four generations of the Brown family. To learn more about California Casualty, or to request an auto insurance quote, please visit or call 1.800.800.9410.

Winner Debbie Seibert celebrates winning the California Casualty School Lounge Makeover

Winner Debbie Seibert (center) celebrates winning the latest California Casualty School Lounge Makeover.


Battalion Chief PJ Ostrowski and winner Greg Kretz see Firehouse Makeover

A view of the renovated lounge.