BVSD announces winners of 2014 Earth Day Superintendent's Honor Roll

We are thrilled to announce the winners of BVSD’s fifth annual Earth Day edition of the Superintendent’s Honor Roll. The following individuals have made outstanding contributions toward meeting BVSD’s goals as outlined in the BVSD Sustainability Management System or "SMS." The SMS is broken into four categories: Education (which includes curricular and extracurricular); Transportation; Material Flows and Buildings (which includes construction and operations); with an overarching theme/category of Climate.

Parent Volunteers Mary Pettigrew and Regner Trampedach are being honored in the transportation category for their tireless work to promote alternative transportation at Bear Creek Elementary school. They were nominated by Susan Churchill, a paraeducator at Summit Middle School and parent of Bear Creek students, who wrote the following in her letter of nomination:

“For the past two years, Mary and Regner have run Bear Creek's Car Free Commute program, organized five to six Walk-to-School Days each year and brought Bear Creek's participation in the Safe Routes to School program to new heights. Bear Creek is a neighborhood school with no school bus transportation. Because of this, almost all children at Bear Creek should be able to walk/bike or carpool to school. To ensure that lifelong carbon-free commuting habits develop, Mary and Regner have worked to develop and sustain programs that celebrate and recognize the value of car-free commuting:
  • After reviewing transportation surveys, last year, Mary and Regner worked to solicit and organize volunteer crossing guards to remove concerns about safety by ensuring that high volume pedestrian areas were supervised during commute. They have organized multiple "walking school buses" to take advantage of safety in numbers and promote community. Throughout the year, Mary and Regner have initiated Walk-to-School days which feature a favorite teacher dressed in costume leading walking school buses, or free hot chocolate (asking people to bring mugs) or decorative, zany, bikes. Finally, they've been instrumental in making sure the Cruger Cup, an award given to students who walk, bike, carpool to school every day of the year, is one of the most popular programs at Bear Creek.
  • Beyond making sure Bear Creek has one of the highest Car Free Commuting populations, Mary Pettigrew and Regner Trampedach have coordinated a culminating celebration on Earth Day. Working with staff and other community members Earth Day has become a central celebration at Bear Creek. These super volunteers have organized tours of enviro-friendly facilities for families, worked with the student council to collect CHARM materials, brought in guest speakers to talk to the community about alternative energy or entertain kids with a magic show about Boulder Open Space.
  • By being our school's main conduit to the BVSD Safe Routes to School program, Mary and Regner have made sure that this program is brought to new heights. They have actively reached out to the City of Boulder to redesign one of the most heavily trafficked intersections near our school so that the crossing is safer and have worked with the school to make sure there is periodic police coverage on Table Mesa Drive during school release time.
  • Mary and Regner have been enthusiastic, creative, detail driven volunteers working to make sure that Earth Day doesn't become an empty celebration and that Safe Routes to School program has impact. By building fun events, collaborating with different parts of the greater Boulder community, Mary and Regner have been exemplary stewards of the environment, proponents of children's health and altered and educated people's perceptions of daily transportation.”
Parent Volunteers Micah Parkin and Curry Rosato and Columbine Principal Guillermo Medina are being honored in the Education, Materials and Buildings categories. They were nominated by BVSD School Nurse Consultant Kristina Hyde, who wrote, “With their steadfast leadership, the Columbine Elementary PTA raised almost $30,000 to buy the greenhouse for the school's garden-to-table program. The Growing Dome will make contributions to BVSD's SMS goals in the following ways:

  • The greenhouse provides an opportunity for hands-on learning in subjects such as math, art, and science.
  • There will be an emphasis on health, nutrition, and environmental consciousness.
  • Encourages kids to come together as a school community - working together to build the dome, create the beds, stock the pond, plant seeds, tend the soil, and harvest the fruits and vegetables. There will be themed gardens which celebrate different cultures (i.e. salsa garden, pizza garden, African garden, Asian garden, and Native American 3 sisters garden).
  • This facility gives the students an opportunity to benefit from a year-round school garden programming.
Material Flows
  • The PTA partnered with the following organizations to fund and construct the Growing Dome. Whole Foods Market, Growing Spaces, ReSource Boulder, The Maxwell Family Fund, Morningstar Homes, Skycastle Construction, Green Roofs of Colorado, Western Disposal, Boulder Family Resource Schools, and Boulder Valley Facilities. Each of these organizations has demonstrated a commitment to environmental sustainability.
  • A team of approximately 30 parents and community members spent 4 (snowy) days in March constructing the Growing Dome.
  • The Growing Dome is "Off the Grid" with automatic vents for cooling, solar-powered fans, and LED motion sensor lighting.
  • A large above ground pond captures heat from the sun, acting as a battery to keep the greenhouse warm overnight and regulating heat on hot days.
“Guillermo, Micah, and Curry have demonstrated unwavering commitment to this project since its inception five years ago. I attended the ribbon cutting ceremony last Friday and was delighted to see their vision becoming a reality. All of the children were playing on the dirt piles, exploring the cob beds, and dipping their fingers into the pond. So many valuable life lessons will be passed on to my son through this hands-on, 21st century learning experience.”

All greenBVSD Earth Day honorees have been invited to a May 13 reception event with members of the Boulder Valley Board of Education. At the reception, Dr. Messinger will present the honorees with certificates and pens. ​