For Immediate Release
Mark Goldberg 719.532.8436

$7,500 School Lounge Makeover® from California Casualty Will Give Nebraska Educators a Place of Their Own


San Mateo, CA, September 12, 2019 – "We will have a real place to meet, relax, and hold meetings – I can’t wait,” exclaimed English teacher Mary Gregoski, after learning she had won a $7,500 School Lounge Makeover® from California Casualty. Mary, also the school librarian, is in her 10th year teaching at Palmer Public School in Palmer, Nebraska.

Mary is dedicated to making a difference every day, teaching life skills, building relationships, and impacting students’ lives. “I focus on what I can do to prepare them for what’s coming next, and I’m always asking myself, ‘What’s best for the kids?’”

“The staff deserves this for all that they do giving to students and the community,” said School Superintendent Joel Bohlken.

The school currently has no designated area where employees can eat lunch, visit and rejuvenate. Designers from EON Office Supplies will work with the staff to create a space with organized storage, new appliances and furniture, and soothing colors. The new lounge will be unveiled next month.

Mary applied for the makeover after a presentation from California Casualty’s Stephanie Whitmore during a Nebraska Education Association Leadership event. “We are just so grateful that California Casualty thinks about educators,” Mary added.

Palmer Public School is the 13th school to receive a School Lounge Makeover® from California Casualty. The contest was created in 2011 to provide educators a more conducive environment to take a break and share time. Find more information about California Casualty and its giving programs at

Founded in 1914, California Casualty provides auto and home insurance for educators, firefighters, peace officers and nurses across the country. Headquartered in San Mateo, California, with service centers in Arizona, Colorado and Kansas, California Casualty has been led by four generations of the Brown family. Learn more about California Casualty at

Mary Gregoski is the California Casualty School Lounge Makeover winner

(left to right) NSEA’s Jennifer Dubois, California Casualty Field Marketing Manager Stephanie Whitmore, winner Mary Gregoski, and NSEA’s Michelle Raphael