Big 12 Conference and CFP Foundation Complete “Extra Yard for Teachers Classroom Makeover” for Heronville Elementary School in Oklahoma City

OKLAHOMA CITY–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Big 12 Conference, in partnership with the College Football Playoff
(CFP) Foundation’s Extra Yard for Teachers (EYFT) initiative, and
Phillips 66, today revealed the makeover of the library at Heronville
Elementary School in Oklahoma City.

Through a $70,000 grant, Heronville Elementary School – which first
opened in 1924, just 17 years after Oklahoma became a state – completely
renovated its library. By updating the library’s media center and common
areas with technology, books, new paint, carpeting and furniture, the
students, teachers and parents will have access to an enhanced learning
environment. The newly transformed library will serve as a central
learning hub for both the surrounding community and Heronville’s 700+
students, 96 percent of which are Hispanic and many of whom speak
English as a second language and rely on educational resources provided
by the school.

“It is an honor to be able to give back to Oklahoma City, the host site
of the Big 12 Women’s Basketball, Softball and Baseball Championships,”
said Big 12 Conference Commissioner Bob Bowlsby. “Teachers make a
significant difference and impact the lives of their students in
unmeasurable ways, so providing a library that can serve as a central
learning hub only helps to enhance the lessons of these talented
teachers in educating our future scholars.”

Heronville Elementary School was selected as the recipient of the Big 12
EYFT Makeover through Partners in Action, a joint initiative of Oklahoma
City Public Schools (OKCPS) and The Foundation for OKCPS. This
initiative connects community partners with schools in the district to
help adequately meet their needs.

“For many years, the Big 12 has been a valued partner to Oklahoma City,”
said Mayor David Holt. “We enjoy hosting their events not just because
of the value they bring to our community, but also because we love
supporting these student athletes. The Big 12 is at its core a
collection of educational institutions that deeply appreciates the
importance of education. That priority and our longtime partnership are
all honored by this gift. We cannot thank the Big 12 and the CFP
Foundation enough for this generous and thoughtful initiative.”

Along with Nobile Prentis Elementary in Kansas City, Heronville
Elementary is one of two schools to receive a “new” library from the Big
12 in 2019 through the EYFT Classroom Makeover project. Previously, the
Big 12 and CFP Foundation partnered together to provide classroom
makeovers at Berry Elementary in Arlington, Texas and St. Philip’s
School and Community Center in Dallas, Texas.

“In public education, we are not used to being able to dream like this,”
said Heronville Elementary Principal Karen Mock. “A library should be a
gathering place that is welcoming and inviting. With this gift from the
Big 12, the CFP Foundation, and Phillips 66, it will accelerate our
vision for helping promote literacy.”

The CFP Foundation serves as the philanthropic arm of the CFP, and its
primary platform, EYFT, is dedicated to elevating the teaching
profession by inspiring and empowering teachers in four focus areas:
resources, recognition, recruitment and professional development. The
EYFT initiative infuses valuable supplies like furniture, technology,
and storage components more directly into classrooms around the country.

“We hope this gift helps inspire the outstanding teachers at Heronville
to keep up the important work they do every day in educating future
leaders,” said CFP Foundation Executive Director Britton Banowsky. “We
are very appreciative of the partnership with the Big 12 Conference and
Phillips 66, and thank them for teaming with us to help change the lives
of teachers with contributions to improvements in student achievement.”

The CFP Foundation utilizes multiple partnerships to execute its
initiatives and support positive educational outcomes. Since its
inception, it has supported 175,000 teachers, reached 5 million students
and more than 25,000 schools have directly benefitted from its programs.

“Education is the key to creating a better future, and a commitment from
the Big 12 and the CFP Foundation to provide the resources needed to
improve the public-school experience will have a profound effect on
generations of students that pass through the halls of Heronville,” said
Dr. Sean McDaniel, superintendent of Oklahoma City Public Schools.

“This generous gift is a prime example of community partners working
together to impact our schools and make a difference for the students
within OKCPS. Through our Partners in Action initiative we are creating
lasting change for OKCPS by connecting community partners with our
schools and meeting their greatest needs. We are so thankful to everyone
involved with this project,” added The Foundation for OKCPS
CEO/President Mary Mélon.

About the Big 12 Conference

The Big 12 Conference is comprised of 10 Universities – Baylor, Iowa
State, Kansas, Kansas State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, TCU, Texas, Texas
Tech and West Virginia. The Big 12 is an NCAA Division I intercollegiate
athletics conference that encompasses five states with over 38 million
people within its geographic footprint. In its 23rd year, the Conference
has produced over 600 Academic All-America selections and claimed
national championship team titles in 17 of its 23 sponsored sports. Its
student-athletes and teams have combined for 650 individual NCAA titles
and 59 team national championships. Nearly 5,000 student-athletes from
across the United States and around the World compete annually under the
Big 12 banner. For more information, visit and follow
the Conference on Facebook and Twitter.

About the College Football Playoff Foundation and Extra Yard for

The College Football Playoff (CFP) Foundation is the philanthropic arm
of the College Football Playoff, supporting education across the
country. The CFP Foundation’s primary cause platform, Extra Yard for
Teachers, is dedicated to elevating the teaching profession by inspiring
and empowering teachers in four focus areas: resources, recognition,
recruitment and professional development. The CFP Foundation utilizes
multiple partnerships to execute its initiatives and support positive
educational outcomes. To learn more, visit
and follow Extra Yard for Teachers (@CFPExtraYard) on social media.

About The Foundation for Oklahoma City Public Schools

Created in 1984, The Foundation for Oklahoma City Public Schools is a
nonprofit organization with a mission to advance excellence, create
champions and build strong community support for lasting success in
Oklahoma City Public Schools. The Foundation works closely with the
District and business community to align strategies and priorities for
sustained performance improvement. Please visit us online at
for more information on our focus areas and volunteer and giving

About Oklahoma City Public Schools

Oklahoma City Public Schools (OKCPS) is a multi-cultural district
serving approximately 46,000 students, including charter schools. Our
students are educated throughout 54 neighborhood elementary schools, 16
secondary schools, 2 special centers and 9 charter schools located in a
135.5 square miles in the center of Oklahoma. For more information,


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