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District partners with UNT Athletics for Extra Yard for Teachers
Denton ISD’s Fine Arts Department was joined by representatives from UNT Athletics for a special announcement regarding Conference-USA’s 2018 Extra Yard for Teachers program during their August professional development.
UNT Athletics has been a long-time partner of Denton ISD, working to improve educational and athletic opportunities for students through its support of our Adopt-A-School program. The Adopt-A-School program provides an opportunity for local businesses to support additional educational opportunities for students throughout the academic year, such as sponsoring a fourth and fifth grade art and essay contest, providing a Future Eagles campus visit to UNT for all sixth graders, and taking elementary students to a UNT basketball game.
“Denton is a vibrant community, with a large appreciation for the arts so we thought, ‘why not give back in an area where we know it will have a large impact and be appreciated by the community the most?’ It just made the most sense,” said Jamie Adams, assistant athletic director for marketing and promotions at UNT.
The Extra Yard for Teachers program, valued at $10,000 and underwritten by Conference-USA, awards teachers in each of the universities’ geographic area with gift cards to use in their classrooms. For the third year, Denton ISD’s Fine Arts Department are the recipients of this program with the elementary art teachers being the chosen beneficiaries this year. Previous recipients have included the district’s secondary art and theatre teachers.
While other universities chose to allot that donation to a single campus, UNT Athletics sought to find a way to deliver the biggest impact. A longtime district partner through the Denton ISD Adopt-A-School program, UNT Athletics worked with district staff to determine how best to give back. That legwork led to the involvement of the district’s elementary art teachers – who reach almost 12,000 students in class each week.