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Burlington School District Educator Nominated for National LifeChanger of the Year Award
October 3, 2016 – Burlington, CO – Burlington Elementary School physical education teacher Julie Anderson has been nominated for the 2016-17 national LifeChanger of the Year Award.
Sponsored by the National Life Group Foundation, the national LifeChanger of the Year program recognizes and rewards the very best K-12 public and private school educators and employees across the United States who are making a difference in the lives of students by exemplifying excellence, positive influence and leadership.
Anderson was nominated by a member of the community who wishes to remain anonymous.
A 20 year veteran of Burlington School District, Anderson has organized a Fuel Up to Play 60 Team at her school and volunteered as the Program Adviser. Last year, she extended the Fuel Up to Play 60 activities into the evenings to encourage parent involvement in educational and fitness activities. One of these activities was “Screen Free Week,” where she provided students and their families alternatives to sitting in front of a screen each evening such as a “Glow Run,” “Tag It Tuesday,” “Capture the Flag Night,” and “Parachute Games.” These events were well attended by students and families and were a true testament to the culture of wellness Mrs. Anderson has created in her school and community.
“Mrs. Anderson is a famous figure within our community,” said her nominator. “Whenever children see her at an event or at the grocery store, they often shout, ‘Mrs. Anderson! Mrs. Anderson!’ Every elementary student in town is excited when they have a chance meeting with her, and Mrs. Anderson is enthused to encounter them as well. Her experience and talents have been valuable assets to the school and community for more than 20 years, and her legacy will be the health and wellness of her students and their families for many years to come.”
In addition to Fuel Up to Play 60, Anderson organizes many additional activities to promote wellness, such as Classroom Breakfast, Morning Mile, Turkey Trot, academic classroom Movement Breaks and a visit to the school by former Denver Broncos wide receiver, Ed McCaffrey. This school year, she has also talked about finding a way to integrate Pokemon Go into some of her classroom or parent involvement activities to draw in even more families.
Each school year, the LifeChanger of the Year program receives hundreds of nominations from all 50 states and the District of Columbia. For 2016-2017, there will be a total of 15 individual LifeChanger of the Year awards. In addition, a 16th prize, the “National Spirit Award,” is given to the school and nominee whose community demonstrates the most support for their nomination. Each winner will receive a cash award that is split between the individual winner and their school. The national Grand Prize award is $10,000. Winners are announced via surprise award ceremonies held at their schools. The top five winners will also be honored at a national awards ceremony in Naples, Florida. Winners will be announced in Spring 2017.
Winners will be chosen by a selection committee comprised of former winners and education professionals. Nominees must be school district employees. Award winners are selected based on the following criteria:
· A proven ability to make a beneficial difference in the lives of students
· An ability to positively add to the development of the school's atmosphere
· Is involved in leadership activities at the school and/or community level
· A demonstrative record of excellent performance at the professional level
· A commitment to producing a nurturing atmosphere
· Adherence to high moral and ethical standards
To view Mrs. Anderson’s LifeChanger of the Year nominee profile, or to nominate someone from your school community, visit www.LifeChangeroftheYear.com.
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