Durango Education Foundation
A New Name for Our 30th Birthday
After nearly three decades of supporting School District 9R, the Durango Foundation for Educational Excellence has opted to change its name to the Durango Education Foundation. Watch for a new look to our website, coming in the first quarter of 2014--including our new logo.
The foundation’s trustees emphasize that the organization’s good work continues. “We promote innovation, achievement and excellence throughout the 9R school system,” says board president Rob Dawes. “We work closely with the teachers and administrators to fund needs that enhance the quality of our students’ educational experience.”
The Durango Education Foundation has served 9R schools since 1984. The only non-profit entity raising funds for all 9R schools, the foundation now also works collaboratively with many community organizations to bring effective, exciting programs into the schools. In short, the Foundation cultivates life-changing learning opportunities for students in School District 9R.
Programs the foundation has supported this year range from DHS robotics to library materials at Needham, Animas Valley and Sunnyside elementary schools. The Escalante Common Read program this year is funded by the foundation, as are the new teaching cameras in the DHS photography department. Click here for a full list of programs funded over the past ten years.
Kinder Morgan matches D.E.F. grant to Florida Mesa Elementary
The Kinder Morgan Foundation recently funded a $5000 grant through D.E.F. to purchase SMARTBoard technology for Florida Mesa Elementary School. The grant matches the initial $5000 funded last spring by D.E.F., and takes the school that much closer to offering students in every classroom true "21st Century" learning environments. D.E.F. thanks the Kinder Morgan Foundation for their strong support of this program.
On Friday, November 15, Allen Fore of Kinder Morgan visited the school for a demonstration of the SMARTBoards in use in Maria Miller's kindergarten Spanish Language class. For a happy half-hour, the delighted students showed off their skills at naming and mixing "los colores" and getting their names starred for correctly responding to Ms Miller's "Dónde está..." questions. See a few photos below:
DFEE Receives Gift from Area Realtors
The Durango Area Association of Realtors has awarded us an unrestricted gift--and we are grateful! We will use the contribution to support our mission to fund innovative, effective programs within Durango School District 9R. The D.A.A.R. generously contributes to many area non-profits from donations provided by local real estate professionals, one of the many examples in Durango of businesses and business people giving back to the community. DFEE is fortunate to be part of such an open-hearted community. Thank you, Amanda Erickson, Jo Ann Johnston, Jasmyn Fouts, and all the D.A.A.R. member Realtors!
Bulletin! DFEE Fall Newsletter is out! Click here for your copy!
DFEE Plays Hard Supporting Durango Double Marathoners
October 13 marked the annual Durango Double Marathon, sponsored by Animas Surgical Hospital and this year raising money for the Women's Resource Center. DFEE was happy to staff an aid station at Mile 10 (&19) and cheer on the valiant high-altitude racers. Thanks go out to volunteers Lisa Breed, Dan Cagney, Rob Dawes, Bonnie Flores, Joann Hards, Ryan, Kristal and Sarah Phelps, and Anne Schoellerman, along with DFEE grant recipients Florida Mesa Elementary School Principal Lauri Kloepfer and Sunnyside Elementary School Teacher Librarian LaRae Dotson.
Volunteers waiting for customers: Sarah and Kristal Phelps, Joann Hards, Lauri Kloepfer and Ryan Phelps
Giving encouragement to runner are Joann Hards, Lisa Breed, Ryan Phelps, and Lisa's mother, Bonnie Flores
Ryan and daughter Sarah keep the energy level up with Tailwind and dancing!
End of the race! Last runners get an energy boost from volunteers Anne Schoellerman, Dan Cagney and Rob Dawes
Durango Kiwanis partners with DFEE on Early Childhood Education Grant
School District 9R's Early Childhood Education director Libby Culver got a welcome boost for the E.C.E. program, "Exploring Books with Young Children" this fall, in the form of a grant from the Durango Kiwanis Club, who matched DFEE's contribution to complete funding for this innovative program to encourage parents to demonstrate a love of reading to their preschool and kindergarten-aged children. Offered several times over the course of the year, the program gives parents pointers in bringing books alive with animated read-aloud skills and sends everyone home with books to share with their youngsters. Congratulations, Libby and her team, on this dynamic new program. And thank you, Kiwanis club members for your continuing mission to serve our community's youngest learners.
Amendment 66 Forum draws 70 information-seekers
Both sides of the Amendment 66 ballot issue were well represented at the DFEE Forum, September 25 at the Strater Hotel. Moderated by DFEE president Rob Dawes, the panel included:
- Durango School District 9R Superintendent Dan Snowberger
- State Representative Michael McLachlan
- 9R School Board representative Stephanie Moran
- Ignacio School Board member Luke Kirk
- Colorado Education Association representative Mike Wetzel
We thank all our panel participants for their well-researched presentations. And we thank our audience of about 70 people for the thoughtful questions and civil discussion.
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 Foundation for Educational Excellence 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.
DFEE 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.
Durango Mall earns an A+for supporting education!
The successful August Back to School event at Durango Mall earned an A+. Mall management will contribute $1000 to DFEE to help support School District 9R's programs during 2013-14. DFEE thanks the shoppers, the participating merchants, and especially Durango Mall itself for valuing educational enrichment for School District 9R.