State Farm shows school spirit

Published 8:27 am Monday, October 17, 2011

Pictured above showing off an Escambia Academy Cougars -themed office are, from left, state farm representative Audrey Moon, EA principal Betty Warren, EA head football coach Heath Gibson and, in back, representative Jodi Peacock.

Agents at State Farm Insurance are in the definitely ready for some football this fall. What began as a way to show pride and school spirit for local high school teams has turned into a full-fledged competition.

Representative Jodi Peacock said the fun all began when agents decided to decorate their offices in the colors and themes of their favorite schools.

“This whole idea started out with just us decorating our offices for football season,” Peacock said. “We were each given a local football team.  We then decided that we would ask people to vote, when they came in the office, on the office that was decorated with the most school spirit.  The schools got wind of it and began donating items to perk up our offices. It then became a competition between the three schools (Escambia County High School, Escambia Academy and Flomaton High School). The latest is that the principal from Flomaton has declared that Mr. Byrd cannot win even in his hometown and the Hurricanes will make sure of it. So it has turned into more than we ever imagined.”

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Each week the owner of the office chosen to have the most spirit has breakfast cooked for him or her by the losers.