YORKTOWN, Va. (WAVY) — A new year brings a new teacher’s lounge for Grafton High School in Yorktown.
The school’s parent teacher student association conducted a survey to find out what would best help teachers and staff, and a little R and R in the lounge was the answer.
“It was completely different and a pleasant surprise,” said school counselor Joseph Erfe, as he bit down on his sandwich.
“The teachers and staff wanted something done here because if you could’ve seen the before you would understand why,” said PTSA board member Kristen Teubert.
Teubert, alongside the other PTSA members, got to work to give the lounge the much requested makeover during winter break.
“There was some really old falling apart furniture as far as tables and things, with things growing on them … there used to be a very 1970s coffee maker and nobody ever used it so we replaced that with a little coffee station, we had three microwaves, two dated back to the 80s” Teubert chuckled.
She says they used funds from a Kroger account, donations from parents, and a lot of hard work to make it happen.
“We wanted it to be cleaner, smell good, and just be a place to where the teachers could come and not be so graphed in doubt because we’re a pretty spirited school and just be a place that’s kind of calming,” she explained.
Grafton’s principal, Whitney Cataldo, says the renovation is much more than new furniture and appliances.
“It is very important because we want them to have a place where they can come together to collaborate, to talk, and just get new ideas about new things to do in their classrooms,” said Cataldo.