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November 9, 2004 > Signature Carpet One Makes a Difference at Forest Park

Signature Carpet One Makes a Difference at Forest Park

by Gary Leatherman

Braving gray and blustery weather, volunteers hustled all over the Fremont Unified School District on Oct. 23 to carry out Make-A-Difference Day projects. At Forest Park Elementary School, 11 volunteers from Signature Carpet One moved furniture and computers, pulled up wrinkled old carpet and laid about 1,800 square feet of shiny new vinyl tile in two classrooms.

Signature Carpet One owner John Shea explained that Carpet One is a national cooperative that promoted having its members participate in school library renovations across the United States. In Fremont, the school to receive new flooring was decided by a vote of customers, he said.

Since Forest Park's library was in no need of renovation, the company offered to resurface floors in two classrooms where the carpeting had failed badly enough to be a safety hazard. Shea said the cost of the job would have been about $6,400 had it been done for a commercial or residential customer. He said all he needed to get a full crew of volunteers was to post a request on the shop bulletin board.

Forest Park Principal Betty Miller said she was thrilled to see the new floors and grateful for the speed and quality of the work. "It was absolutely wonderful," Miller said. "I was so impressed that so many people volunteered and at the amount of work they did in one day. The finished product is beautiful. They did an excellent job."

Signature Carpet One is located at 41545 Albrae St. in Fremont.

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