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Thursday, July 22, 2010

School Gets Televised Make Over

Kingston Springs Elementary School was ruined by the May flood, but it's getting a complete makeover and some exposure on national television. Fifth-graders Wyatt Cupp and Liam Reimick didn't know if they'd ever see their school reopen. In May, the flood ruined almost everything inside.So, the boys created a video to send to producers of the new NBC reality show "School Pride."“I'm so excited, so grateful that all of these people are doing this for our school,” said Cupp. “This is just so much fun. I’m just so happy.”The children asked for help to repair their school, and the show responded.“We're going to be replacing the technology, replacing the books, replacing the backpacks,” said “School Pride” Executive Producer Denise Cramsey.For the next week, the Cheatham County school will get a complete makeover, including all new furnishings.So far 1,500 volunteers have signed up to help in the rebuilding project. That includes teachers, students and parents, mostly from Cheatham County. But some volunteers came from Washington state to help.“Unlike any other makeover show, we come in and say, ‘Here's the supplies, you come in and do the work,’” said Cramsey.The school is expected to be ready when students come back the first week of August."School Pride" premieres in September on NBC and Channel 4. The episode featuring Kingston Springs Elementary School will air in October.

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