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When I visited a couple of schools in Cabot, AR recently, I was amazed at the wonderful classroom environments teachers created.  At Northside Elementary, their use of lamps and lighting created calmness and ambience in their rooms. Color choices were thoughtful and deliberate. Upon entering their spaces, I felt at ease and wanted to stay for a while. Imagine how their children respond!

But this wasn’t just limited to classrooms. I saw it in the principals’ offices and even in the faculty lounge. When I visited principal Suzanne Proctor’s office, I was greeted by the sign, “Pretty is as pretty does.” It’s so true!

The principal’s daughter listens to a book on tape. Before the shot, she was playing gently with the fringe on the lampshade.

Funky lamp has a playful effect in this fun retelling station.

Light covers diffuse light to create a calming effect in classrooms.

Lamps light up special spaces for students in a resource classroom.

Sunlight streams into this beautiful, purposeful room.

Sign in the principal’s office says it all!

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