Los Angeles School Receives Renovation Help From DIRECTV, HGTV, DIY Network And Rebuilding Together

The teacher’s lounge at the Alfonso B. Perez Career and Transition Center, a school serving special needs students in East Los Angeles, is going to look a little different come Monday (Nov. 18), courtesy of a design plan that includes updated décor, new appliances, gently-used furnishings, a fresh coat of paint and 20 hardworking volunteers from DIRECTV.

When DIRECTV recently renovated its company headquarters in El Segundo, it found itself with rooms full of surplus office furniture in good condition. They approached Scripps Networks Interactive, parent of HGTV and DIY Network, to help find an environmentally friendly way to extend the life of these furnishings. Working with Scripps’ national partner Rebuilding Together, they identified a local school in need of a little updating.

“You can never invest too much in our teachers. Improving their quality of life means improving our children’s quality of life,” said Brent Scott, vice president, national accounts, at Scripps Networks Interactive. “This partnership with DIRECTV and Rebuilding Together allows us to give back to our educators and enrich our communities.”

HGTV talent and designer Todd Davis developed a plan to renovate the center’s teacher’s lounge using the donated furniture. He also added lamps, wall hangings, and other items to make the lounge a comfortable, collaborative space for educators to enjoy during their breaks at school.

“This project demonstrates what can be accomplished when businesses and nonprofits work together to give back to the community,” said Joe Bosch, executive vice president and chief human resources officer, DIRECTV. “We are fortunate to have strong partners who share our commitment to K-12 education and environmental sustainability.”

“I want to thank everyone involved for their efforts,” said Michael Joaquin Terry, the school’s principal. “It's a great opportunity to recognize the hard work and dedication of our staff. This will provide a wonderful place to reenergize all of us as we continue to support our students with most need.”

As part of the teacher’s lounge renovation, DIRECTV also will set up a DIRECTV System and complimentary programming through its DIRECTV GOES TO SCHOOL program. Currently 5,000 schools across the U.S. enjoy complimentary SCHOOL CHOICE programming from DIRECTV.

EDITORS, PLEASE NOTE: Volunteers will complete the renovation on Nov. 18 between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., with a reveal of the renovated teacher’s lounge to the school’s educators at 2:15.

About DIRECTV:

DIRECTV (DTV) is the world's leading provider of digital television entertainment services. Through its subsidiaries and affiliated companies in the United States, Brazil, Mexico and other countries in Latin America, DIRECTV provides digital television service to 20.02 million customers in the United States and 16.72 million customers in Latin America. For more information on DIRECTV’s Corporate Citizenship efforts, please visit http://www.directv.com/corporatecitizenship.

About HGTV:

With its wide range of lifestyle entertainment that showcases practical advice and fresh ideas from diverse experts in design, building and remodeling, real estate, and landscaping, HGTV inspires viewers to reinvent and transform their own communities, workplaces and shared spaces.

About DIY Network:

DIY Network is the go-to destination for rip-up, knock-out home improvement television. DIY Network’s programs and experts answer the most sought-after questions and offer creative projects for do-it-yourself enthusiasts. One of the fastest growing digital networks, DIY Network’s programming covers a broad range of categories, including home improvement and landscaping.

About Rebuilding Together:

Rebuilding Together believes that everyone deserves to live in a safe and healthy home. Our focus provides critical repairs, accessibility modifications and energy efficient upgrades to low-income homes and community centers at no cost to service recipients. Our impact extends beyond the individuals served to revitalize and stabilize vulnerable neighborhoods and communities across the country.

About the Alfonso B. Perez Career and Transition Center:

The Alfonso B. Perez Career and Transition Center is an innovative public school and professional teaching and learning community, which educates our students by providing a dynamic, cohesive curriculum leading towards each student's achievement of his/her highest potential.

About Todd Davis:

In addition to being an athlete, surfer and runner-up from season two of HGTV Design Star, Todd Davis also owns a design business. He describes himself as "smart, hyper-creative, dynamic and very opinionated" and says he can "build anything from chicken wire and lint in a timely fashion." Todd, who holds a degree in landscape architecture from the College of Architecture and Environmental Design from California Polytechnic University, is unafraid to make his presence and opinions known and admits that his sometimes adventurous design style reflects his risk-taking personality.

Copyright Business Wire 2010

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