Pine Bluff High School will host a grand re-opening for the Family and Consumer Science Living Room Project at noon Thursday, Sept. 26, in the arts building.


“The newly renovated addition will include a multi-use commons space for a number of subject areas, an expanded band area to foster growth in career technical education programs, certifications and interviewing spaces for students to perform mock interviews for the workforce, scholarship meetings, classroom instruction, labs, group projects, and meetings,” according to a news release.


Local businesses and churches supported the project by donating more than $50,000 to restore this area of the high school, according to the release.


On March 12, Principal Michael Nellums, Superintendent Jeremy Owoh; Dedric Jones, project coordinator and career coach; and Annette Hatchett, educator, along with several business leaders, pastors and local store owners discussed future plans for the site.


“Today we’re extremely pleased to announce the work is complete,” Jones said. “A lot of hard work and sacrifices have taken place behind the scenes to make this renovation project at Pine Bluff High School a reality. The team of partners has worked tirelessly with the interior designers, contractors, electricians, and other professionals to create a solution that will meet the needs of our student body at Pine Bluff High School.”


During the Sept. 26 ceremony, the following will be recognized for their partnerships: Surplus Warehouse of Pine Bluff, Showcase of Floors (the Rice Family,) Lowes of Pine Bluff, Jones Contracting, Lee’s Woodwork, C Jones Electric LLC, Brenda Neely (Light House Store), Dr. Martha Flowers A. M.D., Poindexter Furniture, Nesco Electric of Pine Bluff, John Pope Furniture Inc. of Pine Bluff, Diane Crowder Designs, Interior Designer, First Trinity Church of God in Christ, Pine Hill Missionary Baptist Church, Prayer Garden Church of God in Christ, Mt. Harmony Missionary Baptist Church, Central District Baptist Association, Relyance Bank of Pine Bluff, Kingdom Builders Outreach Church of God in Christ, New St. Hurricane Baptist Church, Earl Bentley Construction, Samuel Thompson and the 2019 Construction Class.