Joannne Irons receives McGuffey Award


    The CASB McGuffey Award is designed to honor a unique school board member who brings to his/her board work the head and the heart of committed and passionate service.

    Each school district is invited to name one member as the winner of the McGuffey Award. Honorees are recognized at CASB Rregional meetings held in September and October.

    This year, Archuleta School District 50 Jt. board member Joanne Irons received the award.

    Following are the questions and criteria submitted to school districts:

    “Do you have a special board member who:

    • is or was an active board member for the past year;
    • has served above and beyond the call of duty; or
    • has demonstrated such service that you want to recognize him/her in a special way?

    “It could be that member who has:

    • served your community for many years;
    • accomplished a major milestone;
    • demonstrated significant community service;
    • demonstrated a focus for all children in the district, including a focus on student achievement;
    • worked well with fellow board members;
    • pursued self-improvement and growth in boardmanship; and
    • worked tirelessly as an advocate for the district and its students.”

    First published in 1836, the McGuffey Readers rode the wave of western expansion. After the Civil War, they were standard schoolbooks in 37 states. The McGuffey Readers were a series of seven books with stories and poems that not only taught kids reading and grammar, but also helped them develop good qualities. It was one of the most widely used and influential textbooks of its time in transferring not only knowledge, but also certain virtues required to fulfill the responsibilities of citizenship in a free society.

    Irons was nominated by the district with the following letter:

    “Joanne Irons is a great instigator of positive changes and awareness, through a ‘we can do it together!’ attitude. Joanne ‘s Pagosa Springs Youth Center feeds, houses, and offers organized activities to students in a safe after school environment. The Center now includes a formal Check and Connect program to help students and families become successful community members. Joanne wears many hats, serving as a BOCES board director, Colorado Special Education Advisory Council member, CASB Legislative Delegate, and a Domestic Violence Awareness and Drug-Free community champion. Joanne was a prominent promoter of the recently constructed Pagosa Skate Park. In addition to feeding people’s minds, she was part of a team who started a Loaves and Fishes weekly free meal program which feeds many souls. As an instigator, Joanne Irons has a heart for doing what is best for kids, and if it is not being done, she steps up and does it!”