Deserving teachers from Dallas schools devastated by October’s tornadoes were recognized for their heroic efforts with a special surprise, courtesy of The Cotton Bowl Foundation and the College Football Playoff Foundation. More than 600 educators from Thomas Jefferson High School, Edward H. Cary Middle School and Walnut Hill Elementary School received two tickets and a parking pass to the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic game at AT&T Stadium on December 28 between No. 17 Memphis and No. 10 Penn State. Teachers also received $500 gift cards, totaling $100,000 in value, from the Cotton Bowl and CFP Foundations through DonorsChoose.org, for classroom projects and wish lists.
Cotton Bowl representative Fin Ewing and College Football Playoff Foundation’s Britton Banowsky joined Thomas Jefferson High School graduate and WFAA News Anchor Cynthia Izaguirre in surprising teachers in their temporary classrooms. “These educators are the glue that’s held this system together after storms literally tore these students’ worlds apart,” said Ewing. “We all owe them a profound debt of gratitude for caring for our community’s kids in such a selfless way.”
Teachers expressed heartfelt thanks for the show of support, along with excitement about attending the football matchup during the upcoming break. “It’s been a tough transition for us and our kids,” said Erika James, English teacher and Senior Class Sponsor. “This is a welcomed surprise, and this fun experience will re-energize us all during the holiday break.”
“These educators have worked so diligently, pouring out their time and resources from their own pockets to ensure a smooth transition for their students,” said Thomas Jefferson Assistant Principal Evelyn Perrette. “To see them recognized so uniquely is beyond heartwarming. They are incredibly appreciative of the much-needed supplies and deserve to enjoy some fun with their families!”
The Cotton Bowl Foundation is committed to making a lasting impact on children and educators in the North Texas community, positively affecting those who play the game, attend the game and support the game. Since its grant program began in 2016, the Cotton Bowl Foundation has given away nearly $1,000,000 to deserving causes.