IKEA Gives Lakota West Media Center $11K Makeover

IKEA Gives Lakota West Media Center $11K Makeover
Posted on 11/15/2017
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In-Kind Donation Supports Lakota’s Leap into Innovation

west's media center before makeoverThe Lakota West High School community, in partnership with IKEA West Chester, is celebrating a completely refurbished space inside its media center. The global retailer’s in-kind donation of more than $11,000 in mostly furniture, and some lighting and other decorative items, has transformed the space into a more contemporary learning environment for all students.

The imaginative combination of various modern work surfaces and seating accommodates individual workstations, as well as small and large group seating areas that may be used for collaboration. In addition, a new makerspace area to be used as a creative outlet for students, along with a private meeting room, have been created.

“Part of preparing our students for their future means giving them a learning environment that more closely mimics the college or career experience,” said Lakota Superintendent Matthew Miller. “Today’s careers demand collaboration and innovation and so much of that is fueled by our workspaces and what they allow us to do.”west's media center after makeover

The new space combines both high and low seating options. Lightweight and mobile furniture also allow for more flexible seating, meaning students and staff can adapt the space to meet the demands of a project.

“Our teachers understand how something as simple as the environment around them can make or break a student’s concentration or productivity or even their creative output,” said Lakota West Principal Elgin Card. “IKEA’s generosity is taking that factor out of the equation. Plus, it’s human nature to be more productive in spaces we take pride in.”