This year’s Touchdown for Teachers grand prize winner was Jeff Dinse, a seventh-grade social studies teacher at North Park Junior High School. The Union-Sun & Journal (Lockport, NY) reports that Mr. Dinse had produced a video that celebrates the cultural diversity of his school’s population. The video, based on the song, “All Kinds of Kinds” by Miranda Lambert, has gotten more than 70,000 hits on YouTube and even captured the attention of Lambert herself, who mentioned it on her Twitter feed.
Here’s the award-winning video:
The Buffalo Bills professional NFL football team honored five teachers for their outstanding service to their schools and communities. The finalists were selected by a panel of community members and school officials, with the help of staff from the Buffalo Bills and the main sponsor, M&T Bank. For the past five years, the “Touchdown for Teachers” program had been done during the Fall, but this year it was moved to the Spring season, to correspond with the NFL Draft.
Mr. Dinse received $2,000 in grant funds for his school, a behind the scenes experience with the football team, an in-class visit from a player, and tickets to the Draft Day party.
In November 2013, Buffalo Bills Defensive End Mario Williams visited the classroom of last year’s winner Patrick Wirth at Union Pleasant Elementary School, in Hamburg, NY.