In keeping with LaFontaine Automotive Group’s longstanding commitment to the local communities we serve, LaFontaine Subaru recently sponsored the “Be The Change – Students Leading Students” classroom at the West Bloomfield High School. Since 2016, LaFontaine Subaru has been a supporter of the program.
“On behalf of Be the Change and the National Honors Society, we would like to thank Kelley LaFontaine from LaFontaine Automotive Group for their generous contribution in helping us create this beautiful mosaic,” said Zachary Crawford, president of the Be the Change Club at the school.
Kelley LaFontaine, VP of LaFontaine Automotive Group said, “On behalf of our entire organization, we’re super proud to be part of this program. Making a positive difference and inspiring kids is something we strongly believe in.”
Just beyond the entrance of West Bloomfield High School, down a little ways, you will find a colorful, circular tile mosaic in the school atrium. Symbols on the mosaic circle are representations of the school — an anchor logo; the school mascot, Lyle the crocodile; and a quote: “Be the change you wish to see in the world.”
The mosaic, 48 inches in diameter, was created by Farmington Hills-based artist Gail Rosenbloom Kaplan and Dani Katsir, of the West Bloomfield-based Danika Designs. During the mosaic reveal and unveiling, students from the National Honor Society — who were pivotal in the development of the mosaic — school administrators and community members gathered to see it.
“We were inspired by the quote, ‘Be the change you wish to see in the world,’” added Crawford.
The mosaic cost $5,000, which was funded by donations, including ones from the school’s Be the Change Club and National Honor Society, and LaFontaine Automotive Group, which was also part of designing the new mural.
LaFontaine gives a certain amount to the Be the Change Club annually so it can run and have a teacher/sponsor.
Because the club had leftover funds, its members wanted to do something for the school, and so they combined their funds with NHS funds to create the mosaic.
National Honor Society President Suela Sefa said during the event that both clubs strive to “do good,” and both “believe in being an upstanding citizen.”
“As leaders, we encourage everyone to treat each other with kindness and sensitivity. We are proud to be part of a diverse school that inspires collaboration and creativity,” she said.