This has been a phenomenal year for the Cottonwood Institute and we are so proud of everything our students have accomplished. But don’t take our word for it, let the awards speak for themselves:
CITY OF BOULDER OUTSTANDING YOUTH VOLUNTEER AWARD:
Every year, the City of Boulder, through the Youth Opportunities Advisory Board, recognizes 10 outstanding youth who go above and beyond to make a positive contribution to their community. Two Community Adventure Program alumni, Zander Deetz and Aaron Fox, won the 2010 Outstanding Youth Volunteer Award for their involvement with the Earth Task Force at New Vista High School to help reduce their school’s environmental footprint. To learn more about the accomplishments of the Earth Task Force, check out our previous articles: New Vista Flips The Solar Switch and Students Take The Lead To Reduce Their School’s Environmental Footprint.
BOULDER VALLEY SCHOOL DISTRICT SUPERINTENDENT’S HONOR ROLL:
Finally, the amazing accomplishments of the Earth Task Force were also recognized by Boulder Valley School District through the Superintendent’s Honor Roll. The Superintendent awarded each member a certificate and recognized the Earth Task Force at the beginning of the Boulder Valley School District’s April 21, 2010 Board of Education meeting. According to Superintendent Chris King, the Earth Task Force at New Vista High School was recognized for their “outstanding contributions toward meeting BVSD’s goals as outlined in the BVSD Sustainability Management System or SMS.”
2010 RIPPLE EFFECT AWARD:
Each spring, we take a moment to recognize all of the amazing Action Projects that our students take on each year to help initiate positive change in their schools, in their communities, and for the environment. We hosted our 2010 Ripple Effect Awards at the REI Boulder Store on Friday, May 21, 2010. Attendees evaluated and voted for the 2009 Action Project that had the biggest impact and selected Bees, Buildings, and Bites as the 2010 Ripple Effect Award winner! We also want to thank Old Chicago for donating pizza, Folsom Street Coffee for donating tea, and Bryan Buikema from Cracker 8 Projects for designing and creating this beautiful award, which will be on display at New Vista High School.
As the school year comes to a close, the Cottonwood Institute is excited for our 2010 Ripple Effect Awards on Friday, May 21, 2010 from 7-8:30pm at the REI Boulder Community Room located at 1789 28th Street in Boulder, CO.
Students, parents, community members, and donors will gather to celebrate the Action Projects our students put together the past year to initiate positive change in their schools, their communities, and in the environment.
Join us for food, beverages, and giveaways, and get ready to be blown away by the amazing projects our students have initiated in the Boulder/Denver area. Best of all, you will get to vote on the Action Project which had the biggest impact, which will receive the coveted Ripple Effect Award sculpture made from repurposed materials by local sculptor Bryan Buikema!
Please RSVP for this event by emailing April Pishna by Wednesday, May 19th, 2010 so we know how many people to expect.
“We never know how the impact of our actions may ripple out. We never know who may be touched. That’s one more reason why, although the fruits of our labors can’t always be seen, they matter immensely.” – Paul Loeb