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Contest Ends: Bayless High School's ELL Classroom Wins $50,000 Makeover!


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Bayless High School’s ELL (English Language Learner) Classroom

wins $50,000 Classroom Makeover Contest from Office Essentials.

To witness the culmination of this inspiring journey, we invite you to click here and view the news coverage by Fox 2, as they captured the heartfelt moment when the ELL students broke down a banner showcasing their "before" classroom and stepped into their new and exciting learning space. The transformation is truly remarkable and a testament to the power of community support and dedication to education.

“This class won over 54 other worthy, wonderful, fun, funny, and heartwarming entries. Over the span of my 18-year career, being a part of this contest has been a personal & professional bucket list highlight – locked in a room with my fellow judges, we laughed, cried and duked it out over who should be awarded this tremendous classroom makeover opportunity." 

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Meet The

The winner was selected by a panel of judges, including members of Office Essentials’ Furniture and Design Team, select members from The Hon Company and Dr. Robert Dillon, a local education influencer and Co-founder of ConnectED Learning.

The contest winner has chosen products from a variety of exceptionally adaptable, flexible, durable furniture designed to work in any type of learning environment while encouraging student productivity, creativity, and collaboration.

Makeover My Classroom Contest The Story

Office Essentials launched its first ever, statewide ‘Makeover My Classroom’ contest, in partnership with HON Furniture, with a grand prize valued at $50,000 to be awarded to one Missouri educator. Open to public, private, charter and magnet schools serving students in grades K-12, the contest provides local communities with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to design and furnish learning environments that help students, teachers and staff thrive, now and in the future.

 Educators, administrators, and teachers were encouraged to enter with the option of submitting either photographs or videos with a written description of their dream classroom and details on how they envision their learning space being “made over.” Entries were then judged by their ability to express how a classroom makeover will improve the teaching experience and impact learning for students. Submissions were made through the contest website and were accepted through November 11, 2022.

 “Office Essentials is dedicated to supporting local, school communities across the state of Missouri. As a HON Education Priority Dealer, we are committed to providing every school district with the classroom furniture they need to help make students successful while also creating an environment that inspires teachers,” said Anne Farrow, Manager of the Education Division at Office Essentials.

View The Winning Video Submission
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Bayless High School's ELL classroom consists mainly of refugee students, and their unique circumstances and experiences resonated deeply with our judges. In supporting this class, we recognize the importance of education, especially for those who are new to our country and city. This generous gift enables us to give back to our community, creating a safe and nurturing environment where these students can learn, grow, and thrive.

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Office Essentials

Office Essentials is a company with heart. OE is deeply rooted in the communities we serve. OE has created an outreach team of employees and each year they identify ways to give back to the communities that they live and work in. We are deeply rooted and committed to the communities that we serve across the state – and with HON Furniture, we are committed to provide every school district the products to make students successful in the classroom and design classrooms that Teachers want to teach in. Follow us: Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Instagram.

HON Furniture

Since 1944, The HON Company has been helping businesses make their spaces work. By obsessing over tiny details and emphasizing timeless over trendy, HON designs and manufactures workplace furniture including chairs, tables, desks, workstations and storage.  The HON Company has numerous manufacturing facilities strategically located throughout the US, and markets its products through a nationwide network of loyal distribution partners. HON is the largest operating company of HNI Corporation, a leading global office furniture manufacturer. Visit

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