By Tiffany Dinsmore, Manager and Magic Maker
Community Impact - TEF Gives A+ Effort!
My Big Day has had the opportunity to creatively connect with the Thompson Education Foundation for the past couple of years. We have worked to build engaging events and fundraisers, and we also create, curate, and maintain their social media marketing.
Thompson Education Foundation works closely with the Thompson School District and community partners to help improve students’ lives as well as recognize the importance of the treasured schools’ staff, teachers and principals.
“Thompson Education Foundation (TEF) enhances educational opportunities for students and educators in Thompson School District (TSD). TEF removes barriers and supports experiences that students need to more deeply engage in their academic environment.” - TEF’s Website
How does Thompson Education Foundation Impact their community?
● 1 in 9 students receive a supply-filled backpack each year with the Help Kids Succeed school supply program
● More than 700 unhoused TSD students receive additional resources to overcome barriers to classroom attendance and success Over $1.75 million dollars awarded in postsecondary student scholarships since 2015 Music and arts programs at schools are enhanced with support for visual art consumable supplies and musical instrument repair
● Educator excellence is celebrated with the annual Educator of the Year awards and educator recognition events Three teacher grant programs to create new classroom experiences for students
● Two field trip opportunities for all 2nd and 4th grade students to explore local learning areas
● Individual student experiences made possible by the Scheer Student Opportunity Fund
15,000+ TSD students engaged by TEF's programs, grants and scholarships each school year
As a team, MBD and TEF help impact so many people in such positive ways! Follow TEF on Facebook to keep up with their efforts to help the community and for some amazing event opportunities!
Want to Donate? Click this link to be a part of something spectacular! https://www.thompsontef.org/donate
The Global Pandemic and Education
A number of MBD Marketing & Events' clients are those that work with children and/or education. The global pandemic has had a significant impact on students and educators in the past year... and their families. Thompson Education Foundation is one of these clients.
School is almost out for the summer! It was not an easy school year for anyone, from going to full time remote learning to a blended learning and in some districts even back to full time in person (with limitations of how many students could gather and the mandatory wearing of masks). Teachers, parents, students and school staff members all had to learn how to adapt and succeed through a school year full of random and sudden changes.
On a happier note some students have found that remote learning is right up their alley! The Denver Post interviewed a student from West Early College in Denver and she has noticed a change in her younger sibling “All the sudden she’s an independent learner and she’s taken charge of her education in a new way that wasn’t possible under the old regime,” St. Marie said.
Remote learning has given students the opportunity to do their school work on their own schedule giving a lot of freedom to them. Edutopia interviewed at student who stated, “The reason I enjoy online learning is because of the opportunity to structure my day efficiently,” wrote a 10th grade student in English teacher Katie Burrows-Stone’s class survey. “I am able to workout, relax, and complete the work in a timely manner, with no distractions.”
“Thompson Education Foundation (TEF) and the Literacy Committee of Loveland Rotary Club each committed $10,000 ($20,000 total) to support remote learning for students. The first acquisition was 5,000 books for students who were participating in TSD’s emergency food distribution program. The books were purchased for all grade levels, PreK-12 and were available to students. In addition, Thompson Education Foundation supplied 500 school supply kits to supplement at-home learning for elementary and secondary students without access to supply resources at home. Since forming in 1989, Thompson Education Foundation has been contributing to ensure student opportunities and success for Thompson School District students.”
If you would like to help this effort, please use our "Donate" link to help those impacted in our TSD community.
Overall, everyone experienced their own ups and downs over the course of this school year. Hopefully summer will help refresh and clear up some of the mass chaos we all had to go through together. Luckily we have foundations like TEF to join with our community to help take care of those who were lacking the resources they needed to make it through the school year.
Looking forward a new school year where even though things will still be different than before the pandemic, we can all be prepared and ready and know that we can get through anything as long as we stick together!
Trailblazing Thompson Winners Announced!
April 8th 2021 was the first annual Trailblazing Thompson, A Salute to Excellence event! TEF, DLR Group and MBD Marketing and Events along with a long list of amazing sponsors came together to make this amazing event happen! But what is Trailblazing Thompson?
“A virtual event highlighting Thompson Education Foundation's programs and recognizing excellence in Thompson School District. This annual community event is TEF's Educator of the Year celebration and the features the announcement of the 2021 Educator of the Year recipients.
The annual Educators of the Year awards are supported by King Buick GMC. Educator of the Year sponsor, King Buick GMC, feels the best way to give back to the community is through education support: building strong programs that will produce a highly trained workforce that can increase innovation and energy for American manufacturing. To honor Thompson School District educators, King Buick GMC provides car leases for 60 days to educator of the year winner in each categories and a 24 month car lease to the overall TEF Educator of the Year winner.”
This year TEF had 79 Thompson School District teachers, principals and staff members nominated for these awards. Only a handful of those can win awards and only one can be named 2021’s TEF Educator of the Year!
After many hours of tough decision making the TEF board members finalized these amazing TSD teachers, principals and staff members as 2021 winners!
2021 Educator of the Year award recipients
TEF Educator of the Year Barb Hartman, TSD Health Services Coordinator
Elementary Educator Karen Shumate, Mary Blair Elementary School
Secondary Educator Ericka Griess, Mountain View High School
Principal Deon Davis, Coyote Ridge Elementary School
Principal Ian Stout, Loveland Classical Schools
TSD Staff Jordan Jennings, Berthoud High School
As COVID has affected us all it has changed the way that we do events. This event, normally held in person with up to 400 people attending was unfortunately too large to accommodate at this time making it a live streaming virtual event! A lot goes into the behind the scenes when it comes to these types of events. Technical issues are always close by and it is hard for people to have the same confidence speaking in front of a camera with a mask on, rather than speaking to people who are physically there and that they can interact with.
Supporting Thompson Education Foundation
MBD Marketing and Events have been working with Thompson Education Foundation for a couple of years now. From fundraisers to maintaining their social media MBD has been happy to partner with TEF. But who is TEF and what do they do for the Thompson School District and the community surrounding it?
“Thompson Education Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to providing exceptional educational opportunities for students and teachers in Thompson School District. Since 1989, TEF has been focused on student success. The foundation supports over 60 programs, activities, and scholarships in partnership with Thompson School District, serving students in Loveland, Berthoud, south Fort Collins and outlying communities.”
So where does your money go when you donate to TEF or participate in one of their many fundraisers throughout the year?
Thompson Education Foundation Facts:
We are so blessed to get to work side-by-side this amazing organization! Follow TEF on Facebook to keep up with their efforts to help the community and for some amazing event opportunities!
Want to Donate? Click this link to be a part of something spectacular!
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