10th Annual Tribute to Teachers
Keynote Speaker, John Couch, VP of Education at Apple spoke of the challenges of change relating to the classroom.
Celebrating 10 Years of the Encore Awards

The Education Foundation for the St. Vrain Valley celebrated the 10th Annual Tribute to Teachers event on May 5, 2017 to recognize this year's top St. Vrain Valley School District Teachers. Over 500 people were in attendance to recognize the 155 Encore Award nominees. Nominations are submitted by members of the St. Vrain Valley community including students, parents and colleagues. The Encore Award program was established in 2008 to formally honor and recognize teachers who are extraordinary educators. Executive Director, Lee Berg told the 2017 finalists the common themes that emerged from the nominations this year,  "You are teachers who: are passionate about teaching and impacting the futures of those you teach; meet with students outside of the normal classroom day to make sure those who are struggling get the extra help they need; teach and practice respect for your students, their parents, and your colleagues; create safe places for students to learn, and to grow as students and individuals."
King Chevrolet Buick GMC sponsors the Teacher of the Year award each year by providing a free 2 year lease on a new car. Thank you Jerad and Yale King for your support! Above is Charlie Garcia with a new Buick Encore!
2017 Teacher of the Year is Charlie Garcia!

The St. Vrain Valley School District 2017 Teacher of the Year is Charlie Garcia. He has been teaching at Erie Elementary for 40 years. One nominator writes of Mr. Garcia, "If you say the name 'Gar' in Erie, Colorado, most people know whom you are talking about. People will always say, 'I love Gar! He was my fourth grade teacher,' or 'Gar was the best teacher I ever had.' Few in this town are respected, honored, and loved as much as Charlie Garcia because he has been making an impact on our community for forty years."
2017 Spotlight Award Recipients

Six outstanding teachers are given Spotlight Awards. The 2017 Spotlight Award recipients
are featured above with Teacher of the Year, Charlie Garcia. From left to right:
  • Shelly Stephens, Coal Ridge Middle;
  • Amy Marcellus, Prairie Ridge Elementary; 
  • Spencer Prestwich, Mountain View Elementary;
  • Breanna Jaworski, Rocky Mountain Elementary;
  • Marie Kaufman, Skyline High School;
  • Mary Calhoun, Career Development Center.
Guest Performers

A special thank you to our student musicians who were able to showcase their talent at this year's Tribute to Teachers. Featured right is the Frederick High School Hand bell Ensemble led by Mr. Christopher Thomas and below is the Timberline PK-8 Mariachi Ensemble with their director Mr. Tung Pham. 
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Thank you to our sponsors!

FCI Constructors, Inc. ~ St. Vrain Valley Education Association 
Sunflower Bank ~ Tenacity Investment Group 
Specialty Products Company ~ The Wild Game 
Anadarko Petroleum Corporation ~ Beacon Communications 
Black Ridge Financial ~ Bagley Law Firm ~ CableLabs 
Tom & Dori Van Lone ~ Erik & Lori Salo ~ High Plains Bank 
Jared Polis Foundation ~  Longmont Dairy ~ Kiwanis 
 USI, Inc. ~ Lyons Gaddis Kahn & Hall
2017 Eleanor Venture Recipient is Janet Benter!
Featured: Jamie Vigil instructing in Peru.
The EFSVV staff surprised Janet Benter, the 7th and 8th grade Science and Health teacher at Mead Middle School, with her award during a school staff meeting. She will be using the $3,500 grant to travel to Rwanda over the summer where she will forge learning connections from Boulder County to Rwanda. 

On receiving the grant, Janet has this to share: " ...So many students high-fived me today (some that I don't even teach in my classes)! I fielded many questions from kids, which was super fun. I've charged my students with doing a bit of research to let me know where I should go on their behalf. It is my privilege to be a part of such a unique cultural exchange. I'm excited to broaden my curriculum by providing my students with the information needed to understand our environmental challenges so that we can identify solutions. I look forward to my journey to Rwanda!  The Eleanor Venture is the opportunity of a lifetime! To learn more about Janet's upcoming venture, click here.
Looking Ahead...

May:  Ongoing Elitch Gardens Discount to Benefit EFSVV

May 15:  Senior Scholarship Presentation

June 3: Community Night with the Colorado Crush

June - July: Crayons to Calculators

August 12: Sunrise Stampede

November 11: 2017 Innovation Gala
Discount at Elitch Gardens to Benefit EFSVV
As the weather gets nicer, it's time to get outside and play! Enjoy a discounted day at Elitch Gardens with friends and family members while supporting the St. Vrain Valley educational community. Purchase tickets through this offer  to receive $24 off the main gate price.  A portion of ticket proceeds will go to support EFSVV and St. Vrain Valley Schools. Offer valid online only. Click here to purchase tickets.
Crayons to Calculators
Every ye ar, children in need head to school with new backpacks and supplies thanks to donors and volunteers.  We can't do it without you! Crayons to Calculators relies heavily on volunteers to stuff backpacks with school supplies and deliver backpacks to St. Vrain Schools.

Volunteer as an individual or register a group of up to 20 people. A Crayons to Calculators shift is 3 hours, you may volunteer as much as you like! We'll see you the last three weeks of July to ensure that all of our students have the tools they need to start the school year off right!

Longmont Sunrise Stampede
Save the date and spread the word - the 32nd Annual Sunrise Stampede will be August 12, 2017! 

Last year, the Sunrise Stampede raised $15,000 for classroom grants designated to students with special needs. This year, our goal is to raise $20,000. So get those training shoes out because the big day is 3 months away!  Click here to register.

For frequent updates like the Longmont Sunrise Stampede Facebook page! 
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Sponsorship Opportunities
Put your brand on supporting our educational community! 
In 2017, we are providing several opportunities for you to strengthen the work of the Education Foundation. Your sponsorship enables us to invest in students and teachers in the St. Vrain Valley School District, as well as promote your support of children and public education through various forms of social, online and print media.

August 12: Sunrise Stampede

November 11: Innovation Gala 2017

To learn more about our sponsorship packages, click here.
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