by Claire Miller
While Darryl McClellan and Thomas Camacho were at school on Sept. 24, crews from Rooms to Go worked quickly to replace their previous bedroom furniture with beds, dressers and wall décor featuring the Atlanta Falcons.
The two students were nominated by the College of Education’s After-School All-Stars Atlanta program for the Rooms to Go Community Makeover initiative, a program that selects deserving kids in the metro-Atlanta area for complete room makeovers.
As part of the room makeover program, McClellan’s sister, Daijah, also received new bedroom furniture and décor – with floral prints rather than Falcons logos – and they had the opportunity to meet Falcons starting safety Thomas DeCoud and Falcons cheerleaders before seeing their newly-redecorated rooms for the first time. They were also filmed cheering on the Falcons for a segment that will run prior to team’s next home game.
All three students are active participants in After-School All-Stars Atlanta, which provides comprehensive after-school programs for at-risk students in the metro-Atlanta area. After-School All-Stars Atlanta has 21 independent after-school sites, 11 of which are in urban middle schools. The remaining programs are in nine of Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed's Centers of Hope and at the City of Refuge, which offers transitional housing for homeless women with children.
Lyndsy Greene, associate executive director for After-School All-Stars Atlanta, said she was thrilled to see students in the program chosen for the room makeovers.
“After-School All-Stars is all about exposing kids to new and exciting experiences, so we’re always looking for opportunities like this for our students,” she said before the McClellans came home to see their new rooms. “I’m very excited for them.”
For more information about After-School All-Stars Atlanta, visit http://www.afterschoolallstarsatl.org. For more information about the Rooms to Go Community Makeover initiative, visit http://www.atlantafalcons.com/community/community-programs/rooms-to-go.html.
Atlanta Falcons starting safety Thomas DeCoud and Falcons cheerleaders congratulate two After-School All-Stars students on their new room makeovers.