Superintendent Quanbeck ("Q"), on behalf of Clear Creek School District, recently received the Succeeds Prize during a small event at the middle & high school. The Succeeds Prize is a collaboration between Colorado Succeeds, 9NEWS, and the business community. Combining a cash prize with a year-long effort of storytelling aimed at scaling successful innovations and practices across Colorado, the Succeeds Prize was an exciting recognition for CCSD.
Unlike other years when there was one big awards event, this year due to the pandemic each district is accepting the award on their home turf with a small audience. One of the benefits of the smaller event was that visitors enjoyed three "microtours" which showcased some of the amazing work being done at the schools - including a view of the Project Bike Tech classroom and hearing about the career-connected classes such as journalism, offered at both the middle and high school levels.
Students described their leadership and hard work on the Golddigger Trail project, in partnership with Mountain Youth Network and school district. The trail is open to the public.
During the tours, students promoted their Skate Park Project. This is a student-led, community-based initiative to build a Clear Creek skate park. The students recently presented to the Board of Education and while tying it to the CCSD graduate profile, described their plan and the work they have accomplished. Students have worked with community partners Clear Creek Mountain Recreation District and Mountain Youth Network. The students have also researched skate parks to identify models they like, and they have made connections with the parks' designers.
Clear Creek School District was recognized for Q's visionary leadership, as well as breaking down silos to create strong community involvement. As Q said, "It's all about our community and the power of partnerships." The district, businesses, and government have been working hard to connect students to their community through projects, internships, job shadows, and more. The Succeeds Prize recognizes this work, and strives to showcase it in order to help other rural counties replicate it.