Big 12 Conference and CFP Foundation Complete “Extra Yard for Teachers Classroom Makeover” for Heronville Elementary School in Oklahoma City

The Big 12 Conference, in partnership with the College Football Playoff (CFP) Foundations Extra Yard for Teachers (EYFT) initiative, and Phillips 66, today revealed the makeover of the library at Heronville Elementary School in Oklahoma City.

Through a $70,000 grant, Heronville Elementary School “ which first opened in 1924, just 17 years after Oklahoma became a state “ completely renovated its library. By updating the librarys media center and common areas with technology, books, new paint, carpeting and furniture, the students, teachers and parents will have access to an enhanced learning environment. The newly transformed library will serve as a central learning hub for both the surrounding community and Heronvilles 700+ students, 96 percent of which are Hispanic and many of whom speak English as a second language and rely on educational resources provided by the school.

It is an honor to be able to give back to Oklahoma City, the host site of the Big 12 Womens Basketball, Softball and Baseball Championships, said Big 12 Conference Commissioner Bob Bowlsby. Teachers make a significant difference and impact the lives of their students in unmeasurable ways, so providing a library that can serve as a central learning hub only helps to enhance the lessons of these talented teachers in educating our future scholars.

Heronville Elementary School was selected as the recipient of the Big 12 EYFT Makeover through Partners in Action, a joint initiative of Oklahoma City Public Schools (OKCPS) and The Foundation for OKCPS. This initiative connects community partners with schools in the district to help adequately meet their needs.

For many years, the Big 12 has been a valued partner to Oklahoma City, said Mayor David Holt. We enjoy hosting their events not just because of the value they bring to our community, but also because we love supporting these student athletes. The Big 12 is at its core a collection of educational institutions that deeply appreciates the importance of education. That priority and our longtime partnership are all honored by this gift. We cannot thank the Big 12 and the CFP Foundation enough for this generous and thoughtful initiative.

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Along with Nobile Prentis Elementary in Kansas City, Heronville Elementary is one of two schools to receive a new library from the Big 12 in 2019 through the EYFT Classroom Makeover project. Previously, the Big 12 and CFP Foundation partnered together to provide classroom makeovers at Berry Elementary in Arlington, Texas and St. Philips School and Community Center in Dallas, Texas.

In public education, we are not used to being able to dream like this, said Heronville Elementary Principal Karen Mock. A library should be a gathering place that is welcoming and inviting. With this gift from the Big 12, the CFP Foundation, and Phillips 66, it will accelerate our vision for helping promote literacy.

The CFP Foundation serves as the philanthropic arm of the CFP, and its primary platform, EYFT, is dedicated to elevating the teaching profession by inspiring and empowering teachers in four focus areas: resources, recognition, recruitment and professional development. The EYFT initiative infuses valuable supplies like furniture, technology, and storage components more directly into classrooms around the country.

We hope this gift helps inspire the outstanding teachers at Heronville to keep up the important work they do every day in educating future leaders, said CFP Foundation Executive Director Britton Banowsky. We are very appreciative of the partnership with the Big 12 Conference and Phillips 66, and thank them for teaming with us to help change the lives of teachers with contributions to improvements in student achievement.

The CFP Foundation utilizes multiple partnerships to execute its initiatives and support positive educational outcomes. Since its inception, it has supported 175,000 teachers, reached 5 million students and more than 25,000 schools have directly benefitted from its programs.

Education is the key to creating a better future, and a commitment from the Big 12 and the CFP Foundation to provide the resources needed to improve the public-school experience will have a profound effect on generations of students that pass through the halls of Heronville, said Dr. Sean McDaniel, superintendent of Oklahoma City Public Schools.

This generous gift is a prime example of community partners working together to impact our schools and make a difference for the students within OKCPS. Through our Partners in Action initiative we are creating lasting change for OKCPS by connecting community partners with our schools and meeting their greatest needs. We are so thankful to everyone involved with this project, added The Foundation for OKCPS CEO/President Mary Mlon.

About the Big 12 Conference

The Big 12 Conference is comprised of 10 Universities – Baylor, Iowa State, Kansas, Kansas State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, TCU, Texas, Texas Tech and West Virginia. The Big 12 is an NCAA Division I intercollegiate athletics conference that encompasses five states with over 38 million people within its geographic footprint. In its 23rd year, the Conference has produced over 600 Academic All-America selections and claimed national championship team titles in 17 of its 23 sponsored sports. Its student-athletes and teams have combined for 650 individual NCAA titles and 59 team national championships. Nearly 5,000 student-athletes from across the United States and around the World compete annually under the Big 12 banner. For more information, visit Big12Sports.com and follow the Conference on Facebook and Twitter.

About the College Football Playoff Foundation and Extra Yard for Teachers

The College Football Playoff (CFP) Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the College Football Playoff, supporting education across the country. The CFP Foundations primary cause platform, Extra Yard for Teachers, is dedicated to elevating the teaching profession by inspiring and empowering teachers in four focus areas: resources, recognition, recruitment and professional development. The CFP Foundation utilizes multiple partnerships to execute its initiatives and support positive educational outcomes. To learn more, visit www.cfp-foundation.org and follow Extra Yard for Teachers (@CFPExtraYard) on social media.

About The Foundation for Oklahoma City Public Schools

Created in 1984, The Foundation for Oklahoma City Public Schools is a nonprofit organization with a mission to advance excellence, create champions and build strong community support for lasting success in Oklahoma City Public Schools. The Foundation works closely with the District and business community to align strategies and priorities for sustained performance improvement. Please visit us online at www.okckids.com for more information on our focus areas and volunteer and giving opportunities.

About Oklahoma City Public Schools

Oklahoma City Public Schools (OKCPS) is a multi-cultural district serving approximately 46,000 students, including charter schools. Our students are educated throughout 54 neighborhood elementary schools, 16 secondary schools, 2 special centers and 9 charter schools located in a 135.5 square miles in the center of Oklahoma. For more information, visit www.okcps.org.

Bob Burda
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