Bank of Colorado Award for Innovation
Creativity honors go to Riverview Elementary School
An astonishing variety of grant requests land in the DFEE inbox. Books and a guest speaker for an entire school's "Common Read" program. Dictionaries for primary grades. Middle school Poetry Alive assemblies. Visiting professional artists. In the past year, we've even funded rocket launchers. Yes, rocket launchers. But also tablet computers. Resource books. Interactive classroom "Mimios." And a whole lot else.
Some of these are necessary, but routine: Books to enhance International Baccalaureate (IB) programs are a an example of what we consider "sturdy" grants. Good stuff to have, no doubt, but not... well, not precisely exciting. We will continue to fund sturdy grants when appropriate. We know many of them bring worthy enhancements to classrooms constrained by the regular--and necessarily tight--9-R budget. They are just not innovative.
Other grants have supported true innovation, and we confess these are our favorites: Those rocket launchers represent a pilot program to broaden a science curriculum into math and expository writing, as well as to develop teamwork skills and a habit of inquiry. Some of those tablet computers went to the Early Childhood Education teachers, so they could complete their student assessments in a way that led to authentic, immediate feedback. Good thinking on the part of the E.C.E. team, to come up with a solution that will save them valuable time and yield more helpful results.
We see that some innovation is about expanding the students' range of knowledge, and some innovation is about helping teachers work smarter. We like both kinds.
Because, at D.E.F., encouraging innovation has been our stock in trade since long before "innovation" became the popular buzzword it is today. And we intend to go on encouraging it.
The Bank of Colorado agrees with us.
Bank of Colorado presents Award for Innovation to Riverview Elementary School
At the Durango School District 9R convocation on August 14, Greg Behn, bank president, presented the inaugural Bank of Colorado Award for Innovation to Riverview Elementary School, in honor of the school’s new dedicated science lab. Doug Geygan, principal, and Andy Martinez, assistant principal, accepted the award for Riverview. Every student at Riverview will use the lab for a wide variety of hands-on explorations, from energy transfer experiments to solving weather mysteries. Included in the bank’s award is a $2500 grant for lab materials and books relating to the science curriculum. The Durango Education Foundation is serving as fiscal agent for the grant.
The DFEE grants committee nominated three programs that demonstrated innovative approaches to enhance established curriculum goals. In addition to the Riverview science lab, the other nominees were the DaVinci robotics program at Durango High School, and the Sunnyside Elementary School e-Books portable library. All three programs exemplify Durango School District 9R’s commitment to effective innovation in educational programs.
D.E.F. is proud to partner with the Bank of Colorado, which is a network of community banks throughout Colorado, founded on the community banking values of trust, strength and dependability. Bank of Colorado has over $2.3 billion in combined assets and is part of Pinnacle Bancorp, Inc. Bank of Colorado has 5 locations in Southwest Colorado. The Durango offices are located at 1199 Main Ave., 902 East 2nd Ave., and inside both City Market stores. To learn more, visit www.bankofcolorado.com. Member FDIC.
Thank you, Bank of Colorado, for helping D.E.F. to recognize a program with this level of creativity and dedication. Your support will reach out and make a difference to many children.
Housekeeping note: The recipient for this award was chosen from the field of Core Grant applicants. No extra paperwork was required. Visit our Grants page for more information about Core Grant criteria (and other D.E.F. grant programs).