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“The Science Guy” to speak at Cherry Creek Schools Foundation Luncheon
Steve Spangler will take a break from doing science experiments on The Ellen DeGeneres Show and appearing on 9News as “The Science Guy” to entertain guests at the 19th Annual Cherry Creek Schools Foundation Luncheon, which will be held from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Friday, March 15, at the Hyatt Regency Denver Tech Center, 7800 E. Tufts Ave. The theme of this year’s luncheon is “A Formula for the Future.” Individual tickets are $100 and may be purchased online at www.blacktie-colorado.com/rsvp. Enter event code CCSF31513.

In his roles as author, professional speaker, toy designer and Emmy-winning television personality, Spangler has perfected the art of making learning fun. Luncheon guests will learn The Art of Flying Potatoes: Secrets to Creating Unforgettable Learning Experiences. Spangler was a science teacher in the Cherry Creek School District from 1991-2003. In 2001, he joined Denver NBC affiliate, KUSA-TV 9News as their Science Education Contributor. Spangler was awarded the Guinness World Record for the largest physics lesson in 2009 and was inducted into the Speaker Hall of Fame in 2010.

“We are honored to have Steve Spangler share his innovative learning techniques and interactive experiments with the Cherry Creek Schools community,” said Foundation Board Chairman Greg Berger.

Retiring Superintendent, Mary Chesley will also be honored for her twenty-four years of service to the Cherry Creek School District.

Students from Greenwood Elementary will perform at the luncheon, which is presented by the Cherry Creek Schools Foundation and sponsored by 1ST Bank and EKS&H. The luncheon benefits the Cherry Creek School District and its 51,000 students.

Three of those students will receive special scholarships during the luncheon:
•    Two students will receive the AVID Giving Generation Scholarship, which recognizes exceptional AVID students.  AVID, or Advancement Via Individual Determination, is a program that prepares students, especially those in the academic middle, for college eligibility and success.

•    One student will receive the Monte C. Moses Future Educator Scholarship, which is awarded annually to a student who plans to study education in college and pursue a career in teaching. The scholarship is presented in honor of former Cherry Creek Schools Superintendent Monte Moses, who was the 2005 National Superintendent of the Year.

During the luncheon, the Cherry Creek Schools Foundation will also honor district and community members for their support of excellence in education:
•    Karen and Bill Fisher will be recognized as the Foundation’s 2013 Champions of Education Honorees for their long-time service and dedication to Cherry Creek Schools and public education. The Fishers have served in leadership roles at the school and district level. They have also been active committee members of the First American State Bank Fitness Festival and Karen currently serves on the Executive Board of the Community Asset Project and Parents’ Council.

•    Eric Flor will be recognized as the 2013 Catherine Canny Award Honoree. Flor, currently Assistant Superintendent of Educational Operations, is a U.S. Navy veteran who has served the Cherry Creek School District in many capacities during the past 26 years. He joined the district in 1987 as a teacher at Meadow Point Elementary, then taught at Summit and Peakview elementary schools, before becoming the assistant principal at Mission Viejo Elementary, and principal at Walnut Hills Elementary. In 2000, Flor became Executive Director of Elementary Education, before taking his current position in 2008.

In the past 18 years, the Cherry Creek Schools Foundation has raised and distributed more than $7 million dollars to support programs that impact student achievement and benefit students and teachers throughout the Cherry Creek School District. For more information about the Foundation or the Foundation Luncheon, call 720-554-4409 or visit www.ccsdfoundation.org.
Posted 3/4/2013 9:36 AM
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