It’s always an honor to be invited to emcee a fundraising event – especially when the cause is near and dear to your heart. Formal events like the Littleton Public Schools Foundation Spirit Celebration are big and classy and attended by people who really care about this amazing school district in Littleton, Colorado. As emcee, I was asked to keep the night moving with light commentary and to maybe do something “special” with four outstanding high school scholarship recipients – Aminta Menjivar from Littleton High School, Quinn Booth from Arapahoe High School, Lilliane Hubbell from Heritage High School, and Ian Paxson from Options High School. Take a look…
Nothing says “good job” better than a tiny cloud bath on stage at a formal awards ceremony. So, if you’re thinking about inviting me to emcee your event, you might want to reconsider.
The surprise of the evening for me came from a presentation by Beth Best, Director of LPS Foundation and Mary McGlone, President of LPS Foundation Board of Directors as they honored me with a wonderful award for my work with the Littleton Public Schools over the last twenty years. The added surprise came from a video presentation by my great friend, Doug Hodous who was unable to attend the evening but recorded a fun message. Doug was my high school chemistry teacher and has become a wonderful friend over the years. How cool is it to get to offer your retired chemistry teacher a job as an instructor in our teacher academy? It’s awesome. Doug Hodous is one of those “great” teachers I talk about when I keynote education conferences and association meetings. Thanks Doug.
The theme for the evening was technology in today’s classrooms. LPS Superintendent, Scott Murphy and Chief Information Officer, Dan Maas did a wonderful job of explaining the need for more than just technology tools like laptops and document cameras. While these tools can enhance a teacher’s ability to teach, it’s the teacher’s innovation and creativity that really drives students to want to learn.
Thanks to the efforts of so many LPS staff, parents, students, volunteers and community members, the Foundation raised a considerable amount of money to supports the efforts of our students and teachers.