The Board of Directors of the Education Foundation for the St. Vrain Valley invites the public to attend a fascinating presentation by the 2012 Eleanor Venture grant recipient Lyons Middle/Senior High Art Teacher Stephanie Busby. She will share highlights of her July 2012 trip to the unspoiled French countryside near Les Tapies. While there Stephanie attended a ten-day art teacher’s workshop, which focused on her artistic roots, hands-on involvement, and ways to strengthen the visual arts department at her school. Stephanie will discuss how this beautiful area, the creative workshops she attended, and the inspiring people she met have enhanced her passion and effectiveness as a teacher.
Stephanie’s presentation, including an exhibit of her work, will be given on Wednesday, February 6, 2013 beginning at 5:30 p.m. in the Cafetorium at Lyons Middle/Senior High School. Light refreshments, with a French twist, will be provided. Call (720) 652-8208 for more information.
Founded in 1985, the Education Foundation for the St. Vrain Valley is an independent, non-profit organization. Their mission is to provide resources and educational opportunities, in partnership with St. Vrain Valley Schools and local communities, to enhance student success and teacher excellence. Over the years, the Foundation has awarded hundreds of grants to classroom teachers to provide opportunities that students would not otherwise have had. Since its inception, the Foundation has made awards totaling approximately $1.7 million. Today, the Foundation is expanding its support for education to include technology in the classroom and professional development to assist teachers in maximizing its effectiveness with students.
The grant is named in honor of Eleanor Flanders, founder and past president of the Foundation, who believes that the study of other cultures and times can powerfully impact the educational process. Eleanor was active in the Longmont community for many years where she and husband Larry raised their four children. Combining her desire to serve the community and her lifelong interest in education, Eleanor was elected to the St. Vrain Valley Board of Education in 1978. During her eight years on the board, she served as vice president. Her respect for the skill and dedication of Longmont’s teachers led her to form the Foundation near the end of her board service.
Applications for The Eleanor Venture, a grant established in 2004 to support a personal travel experience for a teacher within the boundaries of the St. Vrain Valley School District, are now available. This annual award is given to a practicing K-12 public school teacher who desires to enrich his or her instructional expertise through travel. Applications and selection criteria are available at www.efsvv.org under “Programs.” Applications must be submitted electronically on or before March 1, 2013.