Big 12 Conference and CFP Foundation Complete “Extra Yard for Teachers Classroom Makeover” for Noble Prentis Elementary School in Kansas City, Kansas

KANSAS CITY, Kan.–(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 its transformation of the library at Noble
Prentis Elementary School in Kansas City, Kansas.

Through a $70,000 grant, Noble Prentis Elementary School, whose origin
traces back to 1911 as a four-room, red brick schoolhouse, completely
overhauled its library by almost quadrupling its size and modernizing
the space with new technology. Noble Prentis, which is made up of
students who speak 17 different languages in addition to English, will
benefit in countless ways from a brand-new library that will provide an
expansive, collaborative space for students and their parents to work
with teachers to improve reading proficiency in the community.

“Kansas City is a vital hub for our Conference, and it is important that
we give back to the community, especially through education,” said Big
12 Conference Commissioner Bob Bowlsby. “Providing teachers with the
best available resources such as a spacious, renovated library gives
them the tools they need to help their students achieve academic

Along with Heronville Elementary School in Oklahoma City, Noble Prentis
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.

“It’s an honor and we are very humbled to be the recipients of the
library makeover,” said first-year Noble Prentis Principal Rhonda Gavel.
“The kids here deserve to have this kind of resource, and I know it will
be appreciated and used. We have never had the space to functionally do
many of the things we’ve wanted to do, and it is important to have a
space that is conducive to learning.”

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.

“One of the best ways to impact children well before they reach college
is to help empower their teachers, and that is what we’re doing with
this program,” said CFP Foundation Executive Director Britton Banowsky.
“We thank the Big 12 Conference and Phillips 66, for partnering with us
to support and recognize teachers, who are the backbone of our
educational system.”

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.

“The commitment from the Big 12 Conference to support our community
beyond just partnering with us to host championship events is
inspiring,” said Kathy Nelson, President and CEO of the Kansas City
Sports Commission. “The legacy of forming a partnership with the Big 12
that gives back to the community is measurable and lasting.”

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 Kansas City Sports Commission & Foundation

By promoting Kansas City sports locally and nationally, and by working
behind the scenes to attract, retain and facilitate sports events and
organizations here, the Kansas City Sports Commission & Foundation is
helping our bi-state region realize the economic, social and
community-building benefits of sports. As a privately-funded nonprofit,
we are entirely dependent on your support. Since its beginning in 1966,
the Sports Commission has worked to promote sports and recreation at
every level. Since 1990, the organization has helped generate in excess
of $750 million in estimated economic impact on the surrounding
metropolitan area. The Sports Commission sponsors annual events
including youth clinics, annual community and membership luncheons and
community-sponsored athletic events.

About Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools

The Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools (KCKPS) is a nationally
recognized urban school district that serves nearly 23,000 students.
With a Head Start program, preschool sites, 30 elementary schools, eight
middle schools, and five high schools, the district serves a wonderfully
diverse mixture of students. A remarkable 63 different languages are
spoken in the homes of our students. To serve those students, the
district employs more than 3,800 staff, including more than 1,600
teachers. The vision of the Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools is to be
one of the “Top 10 School Districts in the Nation.” Our goal is that
“Each student will exit high school prepared for college and careers in
a global society, and at every level, performance is on track and on
time for success.” To help our students achieve this goal, the district
is implementing a district-wide initiative called Diploma+. Learn more


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