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Summer 2010 Greetings!

Q: Why are these girls smiling?
A.  School is out for summer!
B.   Donors like you provided an incredible supplemental learning opportunity!
C.  A & B

A:  "C" is the correct answer!

Even in the face of tough economic times, staff, volunteers, and donors have worked hard to put smiles on faces of students & teachers throughout the Boulder Valley School District by providing much needed programs and services.

Read on for more news about this quarter's news, events, and calls to action.  We hope you have a wonderful summer and look forward to your continued support during the next school year.

Thank you for your continued interest and support!
Your Friends at Impact on Education

Dazzled by the Razzle

Another successful event!
Over the recent Memorial Day weekend, nearly 500 of our fans & supporters had a great time under the Big Tent at the Razzle Dazzle Beach Bayou held at the Boulder Reservoir.  Well  over $130,000 was raised for our favorite people:  BVSD students & teachers! 

Presenting sponsors, Flatirons Bank & Fresh Produce were able to coax Mother Nature into giving our guests a beautiful rainbow to enjoy after a brief rain & hail spell.  Many thanks to all who contributed to this wonderful event! 

As the wonderful video tribute to Francie Anhut, outgoing CEO of Impact on Education, was wound down, Gary Horton surprised us with a generous gift of $100,000 from Western Disposal, Inc.'s employees and Trash Bash for our Crayons to Calculators campaign!

To view photos of the event taken by Kirsten Boyer Photography, just click here.

Happy New Year!
Welcome New Board Members!
Heather Balser
City of Louisville
Heather Balser
Angelique Espinoza
Wealth Baristas
Angelique Espinoza
Emilio Suarez
Emilio Suarez

June 1st is the start of our fiscal year and this new year brings 3 new Board Members: 

Heather Balser, Deputy City Manager for the City of Louisville
Angelique Espinoza, Office Manager for Wealth Baristas
Emilio Suarez, Senior Software Architect for Atrato 
Heather, Angelique, and Emilio each bring a vested interest in and strong commitment to our mission here at Impact on Education.

Last month our Board of Directors approved a new slate of officers:
Chair: John Wyatt, Wyatt Construction
Chair-elect: Sol Halpern, Highland Wealth Services LLC
Secretary: Rick Nelson, Wells Fargo
Treasurer: Mike Devery, Silicon Valley Bank

We wish to thank our outgoing board members, Becky Gamble, Dean Callan, Inc. and Ann Goldman, Ann Goldman Consulting for their gracious service and wonderful contributions.  Since 2007 Becky and Ann have made wonderful contributions raising awareness through outreach, raising funds through sponsorship cultivation, raising our performance bar through strategic planning, and the list goes on!  We will miss them both!

For more information about our new and existing board members, please visit click here.

Advocacy Update
Down with 60, 61, & 101
Impact on Education worked as part of the Great Futures Colorado coalition to attempt to  allow voters to DECIDE whether legislators should have the authority to prevent and reverse deep and disastrous cuts to schools, colleges and universities.  
It is unfortunate that our legislators did not trust the voters enough to pass the DECIDE initiative. However, we gave it a shot: Francie Anhut, Impact on Education CEO testified on behalf of the initiative, and all members of our local delegation voted to support it.  Though DECIDE did not make it to the ballot this year, we got the ball rolling.

The Great Futures Colorado coalition is continuing to meet to determine next steps.  First up is defeating Amendments 60 and 61 and Proposition 101 in November. 
  • Amendment 60 proposes major changes to Colorado's property tax laws that the Bell Policy Center estimates would reduce funding to BVSD by $90 million a year when fully implemented. 
  • Amendment 61 would change how government can use and issue debt.  While this sounds good on the surface, school systems routinely use short-term interest-free loans to bridge property tax collection cycles and bonds for capital improvements. 
  • Proposition 101 drastically reduces a wide range of state and local taxes and fees.  It is intended to repeal Referendum C which was passed by voters in 2005, and impose a new, lower state spending limit moving forward.  The Bell Policy Center estimates that Proposition 101 would cut state revenue by over $1.7 billion and local government revenue by $622 million.
Collectively, the three measures would decimate funding for public education in Colorado.  Get educated at www.DontHurtColorado.com and start spreading the word.

Thank you!
Generous donors make our work possible!
Corporations support our programs, sponsor events, & provide in-kind contributions.  Foundations & service organization partner with us to fulfill their missions.  Individuals donate time & money.  Each & every donor is precious - we are so thankful for your support!
Thanks to the following donors who made contributions January through March 2010 (includes cash & in-kind):


Roche Colorado Corporation



Amgen Inc., Camera, Community Foundation Serving Boulder County, Sterling-Rice Group


Boulder Valley Credit Union, Colorado State Bank and Trust, First Bank of Boulder, N.A.


Chautauqua Capital Management, Janice & Rick Christie, Macerich - Twenty Ninth Street, Namaste Solar Electric, William & Judith Wolpert



Flagstaff House, David & Honor Kennedy



Marilyn Adler, Laurie Albright, Raymond & Katy Allen, Arrowhead Awards, Thomas & Virginia Belval, Jeff & Lisa Bennett, Karen McMurry & Gary Berg, Robert & Megan Buffington, Merry Bullock, Barrett & Elyse Foster, Clif Harald, David Harwood & Ellen Marshall, Josie & Rollie Heath, Carolyn Himes, Janet Hoaglund, Kit Hollingshead, Rhonda Horowitz-Romano, Holly & Steven Hultgren, Laura Hundley, Alise Jackson, Arnie & Victoria Jacobson, Robert Jamieson, Carolyn Jannsen, Raymond & Dottie Joyce, Paul & Clarissa King, Howard & Debbie Leibowitz, Pamela Lemme & William Raup, Kerry Lightenburger, Liquor Mart, Frederic Marienthal, Ester & Robert Matheson, James & Liza Miller, Ellen Miller-Brown, Terri Mitchell, Rick & Jacquelyn Nelson, Morgan & Fern O'Brien, Phi Delta Kappa, Judith Pieken, Cathy Regan & Drew Smith, Mike & Maurine Repucci, Ken & Tula Roberge, James & Miriam Sawtelle, Irene & Andy Shaffer, Chuck Sisk & Terre Rushton, Grant Slade, Brian Slobe, Barbara & Beat Steiner, Jill Stravolemos, Sturtz & Copeland Florist, Hiromi & Gerry Wiener

About Us
Mission:  Improve excellence, equity, and innovation in the Boulder Valley School District by increasing public support and engagement.
Our Focus: 
  • Create opportunities for "at-risk" students.
  • Increase student learning in science, math, and technology.
  • Develop and reward excellent teaching. 
  We welcome your news, ideas, and comments!  
Impact on Education
75 Manhattan Drive, Suite 205, Boulder, CO 80301
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2010 Recipient
Kristen Elder-Rubino, Columbine

Impact Awards
Wondering how to honor your favorite teacher?

How about nominating them for next year's Impact Awards?

Online nominations open September 7, 2010!

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John Wyatt, Chair
Lain Adams
Francie Anhut
Heather Balser
Frank Bruno
Mike Devery
Angelique Espinoza
John Greff
Sol Halpern
Clif Harald
Dr. Holly Hultgren
David Kendall
Dr. Chris King
Sue Kunz
Paula J.K. Martin
Ester Q. Matheson
Mike Medina
Rick Nelson
Dave Rhinesmith
Amy Smith
Mindy Sooter
Emilio Suarez
Melissa Tingley
Beth Waters
John Wyatt

Clair A. Beckmann
Virginia Patterson


Francie Anhut, CEO

Louise Garrels,
Programs Manager

Diana Lewis,
 Office Manager

Becky Lewis,
Administrative Assistant