The college football championship game is around the corner, but one elementary school already came out a winner.
Students at Berry Elementary in Arlington got to see their new, state-of-the-art library on Tuesday thanks to the generosity of those who want to ensure every student is college bound. It was an early Christmas present for students and teachers who are better able to connect with students in the right learning environment.
The comfy, oversized bean bag, new tables, brightly-colored chairs and state-of-the-art computers were covered by a $70,000 grant from the College Football Playoff Foundation and the Big 12, a partnership intent on supporting teachers and shaping young minds.
“We just know that the environment is so important,” said College Football Playoff Foundation Director Britton Banowsky. “Without a good learning environment, it makes it difficult for teachers to engage their students.”
“I like the new library,” said fourth-grader Sta’Shaun Wesley. “The carpet looks like so different from the other carpet. And the chairs! It's just awesome.”
Students aren't the only winners. Their parents can receive special training in the new library to better help their children learn.
“If you work hard today and if you work hard in junior high school, a college opportunity is one that will change your life,” said Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby.
“Usually in the old one I want to usually stay, but now I want to stay longer,” Wesley said.
The College Football Playoff Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the college football playoffs. Its primary platform is called Extra Yard for Teachers and focuses on providing resources, recognition, recruitment and professional development.