Each year, we partner with the College Football Playoff Foundation to recognize educators going the extra yard in the Boulder Valley School District. The Extra Yard for Teachers Award honors great educators and reminds teachers across the country that they are valued and respected.
The impact of this year’s awardees
Two educators with Louisville Elementary School, Nicole Duster and Caroline Fassora, were honored this year with the Extra Yard for Teachers Award. Nicole and Caroline go the extra yard for their students in many ways, but we’re sharing two ways they support equity and opportunity for all students at Louisville Elementary.
When students live within a mile of Louisville Elementary they cannot take a BVSD bus to school, but they don’t always have a safe and reliable way to get to school. Nicole and Caroline worked with RTD to coordinate transportation via RTD’s FlexRide, funded by Impact on Education, to remove this obstacle for at-risk students and their families, leading to increased attendance rates.
They’ve also done extensive work building Louisville Elementary’s Families and Educators Together (FET), a team of educators and family members partnering together to create a more inclusive community to support the well-being of all students and families. FET helps foster cross-cultural learning, encourages meaningful dialogue, and equips families who are historically under-represented to advocate for their childrens’ education. Most recently, Nicole helped coordinate child care at FET meetings across the district to enable more families to be able to attend and fully participate.
Two special celebrations
On Tuesday, September 20, Louisville Elementary hosted University of Colorado spirit squad, and of course, Chip, to celebrate Nicole and Caroline and present a $1000 check to support their work. The awardees were also honored on the field during halftime at the CU Buffs football game on Saturday, September 24 and received an additional $7,000 check for Impact on Education to continue to support the needs at Louisville Elementary and other BVSD schools.
BEFORE YOU GO …
Impact on Education is a nonprofit organization, and we depend on our community to help us put our mission into action. We need your help to to provide opportunity and resources to 30,000 students and 4,000 educators in the Boulder Valley School District.