With the school year in full swing, many teachers across the US are once again relying on their own paychecks to fund their needed classroom supplies. This year, thanks to the expanding Back 2 School Bounty™ program, hundreds of them received a surprise Bounty Bag of school supplies to help offset these expenses.
Different from many other school supply fundraisers, this 501(c)(3) non-profit directly supports teachers, recognizing that many teachers are forced to shoulder the expense of school supplies for their classrooms. With expansion into a third state, the success of Back 2 School Bounty™ has resulted in enormous growth.
“I received my Bounty Bag and gift card yesterday. Wow! That was very fun – Just like getting those supplies on the first day of school as a kid. Then I saw the fabulous double lined water bottle that will be perfect for keeping coffee warm in the winter. And to put it all over the top, the Amazon gift card is amazing…I absolutely felt special yesterday and it made my day. Thank you again for your generosity.”
Teacher at Aurora Frontier (2019 Back 2 School Bounty™ Bounty Bag Recipient)
Adolfson & Peterson Construction (AP) has continued as presenting sponsor for Back 2 School Bounty™, which started in Arizona in 2017. In its first year, the program provided 25 Arizona schools with a box or tote bag filled with supplies. In 2018, Back 2 School Bounty™ expanded to Colorado and reached over 50 districts and 200 teachers between the two states. This year, the non-profit was welcomed in Minnesota. Just three years from the first box given, the reach for Back 2 School Bounty™ has been more than tenfold, gifting supplies to over 600 teachers in 2019.
“Bringing the Back 2 School Bounty™ program to Minnesota made perfect sense for us at AP,” said Minnesota Regional Marketing Director, Lori Johnson-Juusola. “It gave us an opportunity to support a true community need and show teachers how important we believe their work is.”
The future goals of Back 2 School Bounty™ includes expansion into Nevada, New Mexico and Texas along with further development of and alignment with community partners.
“Watching the program take off the way it has is amazing!” said Laura Shivers, Back 2 School Bounty™ founder and AP’s Arizona Regional Marketing Director. “Our teachers deserve to feel the love and support of their local communities and this is one way we have been able to help foster that.”
In Colorado, 400 Bounty Bags were filled to the top with items such as notebooks, pens, markers, scissors, colored pencils, highlighters, disinfecting wipes and hand sanitizer. Teachers were also given a stainless-steel water bottle and an Amazon gift card to help cover future expenses.
Tom Horsting, AP’s Regional President, said support for the non-profit in Colorado was overwhelming. “Our partners in the industry were enthusiastic about helping our local teachers and schools,” he said.
The success in Colorado could only have been reached thanks to the many Colorado firms who backed the program.
This year, the Colorado region had nine advocate-level sponsors (the highest sponsorship available). These sponsors included Front Range Roofing, Colorado Doorways, MP Contracting, Encore Electric, TreanorHL, US Engineering, Inline Management, Wells Concrete, and ICI. In total 26 companies sponsored the program, all in the architecture, engineering, and construction industries. Schools from districts across Colorado received donations. Districts included Adams 14 School District, Adams 12 Five Star School District, Aurora Public Schools, Boulder Valley School District, Denver Public Schools, Greeley-Evans School District 6, St. Vrain School District, Thompson School District R2-J,Westminster Public Schools, and Poudre School District.
Support Back 2 School Bounty™: Partnerships for the 2020/2021 Back 2 School Bounty™ season open in January 2020. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on being a sponsor.
“Thank you so much for the very unexpected gift of a bag FULL of teacher supplies. I was so surprised! What a special gift. It seems like it was put together just for me – so many of my favorite things! I even get to buy a new book for ME with the gift card. Thank you for making me feel so special and appreciated.”
Teacher at Indian Peaks Elementary (2019 Back 2 School Bounty™ Bounty Bag Recipient)
New Wiggins High School and Middle School Wins Best K-12 Project
Five AP projects received awards for ENR’s 2019 Best Projects competition across a seven-state region that includes Utah, Idaho, Montana, Colorado, Wyoming, North Dakota and South Dakota.
Taking first place in the K-12 Education Category was Wiggins High School. This school was originally constructed in 1948, without heat or air conditioning and it was not uncommon to see students traveling between classes wearing blankets and heavy coats. Now, thanks to a bond passed in 2015 and resounding community support, nearly 550 students attending classes in the new Wiggins Middle School and High School experience a top-notch educational environment—one that sets precedence for what schools on Colorado’s Eastern Plains can achieve. This new facility, designed by Hord Coplan Macht, was constructed with students’ best interests in mind—from a daily learning environment to campus safety.