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by Tina Manzer

With a nod to Socrates, who said, “Focus all of your energy on building the new, not fighting the old,” Carol and David Madison built Stone’s Education Superstore last year. The 16,500-square-foot brick building in Cary, North Carolina is beautifully solid, full of fun and state-of-the-art; so different from its original location in Raleigh. The drafty Stone’s Southern School Supply warehouse-turned-storefront – a not uncommon kind of space in our industry, and perfectly acceptable according to mid-1970s standards – served teachers across the south for decades. David and his wife Carol bought the business 10 years ago, and moved it into the store of their dreams, built at a cost of $3 million.
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Uncluttered Spaces Promote Learning
by Tina Manzer

As an industry that sells all the necessary details for making classroom design great, we should applaud the results of a pilot study performed a few years ago in the U.K. As one of the researchers noted, “It’s the first time a holistic assessment has been made that successfully links overall environmental impact directly to learning rates in schools.”
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If You Could Read My Mind
I am writing this column the same way I have written hundreds of others in the past, by hand with a ballpoint pen on a legal pad. Most people seem to have a hard time understanding why I would want to do that.
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