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FRESH PAINT, FRESH IDEAS

Success in the classroom can have as much to do with attitude as it does with smarts.  Could anything else possibly make learning more inviting, relaxing, or cheerful to welcome students back to school than freshly painted walls, halls, and the exterior of the buildings?  

A study conducted by members of the WellU Academic Integration Subcommittee of The College of St. Scholastica's College's Healthy Campus Initiative plan and documented by American School & University Magazine (Johnson and Maki, August 1, 2009) showed empirical evidence how the quality of a building affected academic outcomes.  The results showed classroom color reduced off-task behavior and anxiety while positively affecting perceptions of learning and an overall sense of well-being.  “Classrooms painted with color, lighted with full-spectrum lighting, and devoid of visual noise resulted in students with reduced blood pressure; less off-task behavior, aggressiveness, disruptiveness; and improved academic performance.”

And while there are no direct studies linking academic success to brightly colored and freshly painted school walls in Idaho, we do know many districts and charter schools in the Gem State have spruced up their facilities, inside and out.  Not to mention a fresh coat of paint helps keep a building young, reducing long-term maintenance and care, which helps some schools last generations.  

Nearly 25% of Idaho districts or charter schools updated their facilities with fresh paint before starting the 2019 school year.  Perhaps your student attends one of them.  The Idaho Lottery is a proud partner with the Department of Education and are glad that we could provide the funds necessary to add a splash of color, giving schools a fresh face to the start of the year and welcome fresh ideas from students.   So today, this Thursday in February, let’s celebrate Happy Hooray Hallway Painting Day with the Idaho Lottery and these districts and schools:

American Heritage Charter School

Basin School District

Blaine County School District

Boise Independent School District

Butte County School District

Castleford Joint School District

Challis Joint School District

COSSA (Centerpoint Alt Sec Sch)

Dietrich School District

Emmett Independent School District

Falcon Ridge Charter School

Filer School District

Kamiah Joint School District

Kimberly School District

Kootenai Joint School District

Legacy Charter School

Mackay Joint School District

McCall-Donnelly Joint School District

Midvale School District

Minidoka County Joint School District

Moscow Charter School

Mountain Home School District

Mountain View School District

Murtaugh Joint School District

New Plymouth School District

Nezperce Joint School District

North Gem School District

North Star Charter School

Parma School District

Post Falls School District

Preston Joint School District

Richard McKenna Charter High School

Richfield School District

Salmon River Joint School District

Salmon School District

South Lemhi School District

Snake River School District

Weiser School District

West Ada School District

West Bonner County School District

West Side Joint School District

Wilder School District