2019 Honorees Announced
The Norma Anderson Achievement in Education Award is presented to Sandy Austin. A guidance counselor of over 30 years in Jeffco Public Schools, Austin created the B.I.O.N.I.C. program after a tragic student suicide at Green Mountain High School. On top of taking her counseling prowess to Pomona High School, she has grown this program into a nonprofit organization, B.I.O.N.I.C Team, which not only has expanded throughout Jeffco Public Schools, but also the State of Colorado, nationally, and internationally.
The Salazar Achievement in Philanthropy is presented to Lakewood Connects. Founded by pastor Reg Cox, a coalition of faith leaders and communities were brought together to understand the challenges facing students and families at at variety of Jeffco Public Schools in Lakewood. Supported and encouraged by the City of Lakewood, this group formally became Lakewood Connects.
Get Ready To Be Entertained
Green Mountain High School Alumna Lisa Hidalgo , Channel 7, will host guests (and give you a weather forecast for the following day!)
Arvada West High School will take through an energizing Pamplona performance.
Westwoods Elementary art teacher, Jeffco Schools Foundation Elementary Art Exhibit Chair, and professional artist Jesse Crock will be creating a masterpiece and painting throughout the event, which will be part of the live auction.
And a JPS choral director will perform a vocal piece from one of Spain's most beloved plays and characters.
Flamenco will thrill the crowd through an electrifying performance, to be accompanied by the sounds of authentic Spanish guitar.
Consider making a donation in advance or bidding on items from the comfort of your home.
This event raises funds to enhance the student learning and and create two new funds for classroom micro-investments and career pathways. Funds raised will also sustain literacy programs at all grades, visual arts at all grades, basic needs for vulnerable students, and educator professional development. This event provides an opportunity for the entire Jeffco Public Schools community to gather and celebrate our shared vision – success for all Jeffco students.