Blackfoot family gets home makeover from local elementary school

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Ridge Crest Elementary Randy Martineau and Michell Acosta, 10

BLACKFOOT — Christmas came early for a Blackfoot family, when Ridge Crest Elementary faculty presented them with a bedroom, kitchen and living room makeover.

For the past three years, Ridge Crest Elementary has been giving away a bedroom makeover for a student in need. This year Michell Acosta, 10, and her sister Kimberly Herrera, 4, were the chosen family for the makeover.

“This year is even bigger and better,” Principal Randy Martineau said. “The bedroom came together quickly, so we are doing the living room and kitchen as well.”

The girls’ room received new paint from Blackfoot Paint and Glass, and carpet from Herrick Flooring, as well as bunk beds, which were donated by a local family. School librarian Angela Nelson was in charge of decorating the bedroom.

“I had a lot of fun doing this,” Nelson said. “Her (Michell) favorite colors are pink and blue. It was difficult to find something in pink and blue that would last through their teenage years.”

Before and after photos of the family’s kitchen.

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New dressers, book shelves and a desk were also donated to the project.

The single wide mobile home the children live in didn’t have kitchen counters or cupboards, so the school gathered local contractors to put in new cupboards and countertops, as well as new flooring in the kitchen and living room.

“It’s beautiful,” said Juventino Estrada, Michell’s father, when he walked into the home for the first time.

The family stayed at the local Best Western Monday and Tuesday nights, thanks to the staff at the elementary school, while Despain Construction performed the makeover. Bodkin Electric, Figueroa Drywall and Paint, KVO Cabinets, Ashley Furniture, Pratt Lumber and El Mirador also contributed, time, labor and product to project.

Next year the Ridge Crest PTA will host a fundraiser to help with the bedroom makeover.

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