Newsletter                    Fall 2009

 

Impact on Education

 

CRAYONS TO CALCULATORS:
22% GROWTH - AND KIDS ARE STILL LEFT SHORT 
 
New backpacks of all designs and colors annually signal the start of school. They also represent the thousands of children who otherwise would not be able to start school without supplies. Since its launch in 2005, Crayons to Calculators has grown dramatically. Unfortunately, so has the demand! It has been challenging enough to come to grips with the depths of poverty that exist in our community. Rampant job losses and home foreclosures add a new dimension to the growing need. 
 
Girls with back packs
 

 

FROM "FRINGE IDIOT" TO PRIME TIME

Anne Cooper

Ann Cooper and BVSD are getting national attention for transforming school lunch in Boulder Valley School District. It started with the basics. In August, food service employees used to opening cans and jars and serving processed food were given five days of training to help transition them to serving locally grown, freshly prepared foods. Then, new "restaurants" featuring salad bars were opened in 45 BVSD schools. Parents who shunned previous standard cafeteria fare of bouncing hot dogs and "plastic" processed cheese are enthusiastic about the delicious, healthy food. And, based upon growing lunch volumes, so are the kids! Two things are necessary to sustain the momentum.   

FORREST E. COOK'S RETIREMENT IS THE GIFT THAT KEEPS ON GIVING

When Forrest E. Cook retired from Hutchinson Black & Cook, LLC, last summer, the firm honored him by establishing an endowment fund with Impact on Education. Mr. Cook served on the BVSD School Board and was a strong supporter of public education. And, for as long as we have records, HBC has annually sponsored a Classroom Mini-Grant that awards funds to teachers to implement creative classroom projects that enhance the curriculum and provide hands-on learning opportunities for students. HBC and friends of Mr. Cook have donated more than half of the $15,000 needed to endow a Classroom Mini-Grant to fund a classroom project in Cook's name in perpetuity. 

 "SUPPORT EDUCATION" LICENSE PLATES ARE STILL AVAILABLE!!!!

License plate
 
Senate Bill 09-175 extended availability of the Support Education plate to July 1, 2011.
 
 
Get yours now at SupportColoradoSchools

WANT TO CREATE THE MEMORY OF A LIFETIME?

We are accepting nominations until November 2 for our annual Impact Awards, established 18 years ago to recognize educational excellence in Boulder Valley.  Each year, five individuals who make extraordinary contributions to public education are celebrated and honored at the Impact Awards dinner. This is an inspiring and wonderful evening that is a highlight of our year and each recipient's career. Anyone can nominate a fantastic educator, administrator or volunteer.
For information, go to Online Nomination   
WHAT'S ON THE HORIZON...
  • Crayons to Calculators Corporate Challenge awards reception - 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, October 1, at Western Disposal. 
  • Want healthy school food?  BVSD needs your support!  Learn more at Healthy School Food Project
GENEROUS DONORS MAKE OUR WORK POSSIBLE!
 
Corporations support our programs, sponsor events and provide in-kind contributions... Foundations and service organizations partner with us to fulfill their own mission... Individuals write checks and volunteer.  Each and every donor is precious- we are so thankful for your support! 
 
Click here to see the list of great donors who supported us in the 2nd Quarter.
In This Issue
From "Fringe Idiot: to Prime Time
Forrest E. Cook's Retirement
"SUPPORT EDUCATION" license
Want to create the memory
What's on the horizon....
Generous Donors Make Our Work Possible!
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Impact on Education
Board of Directors 
Bob Drake, Chair
Lain Adams
Francie Anhut 
Frank Bruno
Mike Devery 
Becky Gamble
Ann Goldman
John Greff
Sol Halpern
Clif Harald
Dr. Holly Hultgren
David Kendall
Dr. Chris King
Sue Kunz
Paula Martin
Ester Matheson
Mike Medina
Rick Nelson
Dave Rhinesmith
Amy Smith
Mindy Sooter
Melissa Tingley
Beth Waters
John Wyatt
Impact on Education Staff
Francie Anhut, CEO
Louise Garrels, Programs Manager
Becky Lewis, Admin. Assistant
Diana Lewis, Office Manager
Impact on Education
75 Manhattan Drive, Suite 205
Boulder, CO 80303
ph 303-524-3865

Mission: Leverage community resources to create opportunities, impact student learning and build support for public education in Boulder Valley School District.
 
Impact on Education's three focus areas are: create opportunities for "at-risk" students, increase student interest and learning in science, technology and math, and motivate and reward teacher excellence.
 
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