Big 12 Partnership Brings Makeover To Morgantown-Area Elementary School Library
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The second graders at Mountainview Elementary School came bouncing into their newly renovated library Monday morning … well, like second graders.
Their excitement was hardly contained as they flowed from one new section to another. Their library’s makeover came through a grant provided by the Big 12 Conference, in partnership with the College Football Playoff (CFP) Foundation’s Extra Yard for Teachers (EYFT) initiative and Lakeshore Learning Materials.
The renovations were unveiled Monday for Mrs. Mo VanScoy’s second-grade class, who did a very nice job in settling down long enough to hear the assemblage of dignitaries who spoke during the library’s dedication.
“We are fortunate to have the opportunity to impact the Morgantown community beyond intercollegiate athletics,” said Big 12 Conference commissioner Bob Bowlsby, who flew in from league headquarters in Dallas that morning to participate in the event. “Providing makeovers to essential school spaces like a renovated library gives educators and students a collaborative learning environment to help achieve academic success.”
Through a $50,000 grant, Mountainview was able to renovate its library, which had not received a makeover since the school opened nearly 30 years ago. The library received new carpeting, improved lighting and items from Lakeshore’s new, exclusive line of Flex-Space classroom furniture. The library serves more than 700 students on a weekly basis.
“We are so very fortunate to receive a complete makeover of the library, a space in need of updating,” said Mountainview Elementary School principal Angela Dickerson. “The renovation reinvigorates the space and gives the school a true hub that students will want to spend time in every week. I hope this new library demonstrates to our students that other adults recognize the amazing potential in each of them – just like our faculty and staff do.”
The library makeover was made possible from the CFP Foundation’s Extra Yard for Teachers initiative. Previously, the Big 12 and CFP Foundation partnered together to provide classroom makeovers at Ames Middle School in Ames, Iowa; Heronville Elementary School in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Noble Prentis Elementary School in Kansas City, Berry Elementary in Arlington, Texas; and St. Philip’s School and Community Center in Dallas.
The CFP Foundation has also worked with other NCAA conferences as part of its Extra Yard for Teachers program. In the last five years it has provided nearly $35 millions to support education across the country with almost 100,000 schools and six million students enjoying those benefits.
“We hope this new library helps create an engaging learning environment at Mountainview that will assist teachers in having a tremendous impact on the educational development of their students,” said CFP Foundation executive director Britton Banowsky. “We thank the Big 12 Conference and Lakeshore Learning Materials for their continued support in recognizing teachers, who are vital as the foundation of our educational system.”
On top of the $50,000 grant provided to Mountainview Elementary for its library, which is the 30th classroom makeover funded by the CFP Foundation, Banowsky, who previously spent 13 years as the commissioner of Conference USA, also announced an additional donation of $5,000 to Mountainview to be used at the school’s discretion for further improvements.
“Education is paramount to the creation of a better future for any child, and a commitment from the Big 12, CFP Foundation and Lakeshore Learning Materials to contribute resources that provide for better educational opportunities will benefit students for generations at Mountainview,” said Monongalia County Schools superintendent Dr. Eddie Campbell.
The CFP Foundation serves as the community investment arm of the CFP, and its primary platform, EYFT, is dedicated to elevating the teaching profession by inspiring and empowering teachers in four core 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.
“Redesigning and updating spaces to facilitate learning is essential in giving students and teachers a dynamic educational environment,” said Lakeshore Learning Materials Educational Division president Kevin Carnes, who made his way to Morgantown from California to be part of Monday’s ceremony. “Lakeshore strives to help students reach their full academic potential by infusing schools with the materials needed to make the environment as conducive to learning as possible.”
The CFP Foundation utilizes multiple partnerships to execute its initiatives and support positive educational outcomes.