I had no idea that Big Sky Resort gifted a season pass to all Big Sky K-8 students. They have also announced eight recipients of their Boyne Excellence In Education Award. Those teachers will also receive a season pass for this coming year.

Read the official Press Release from Big Sky Resort:

Big Sky, Mont. (November 19, 2013) – Seven Ophir and Lone Peak High School teachers and one Anderson school teacher are the 2013 recipients of the Boyne Excellence in Education Award. Each teacher will receive a 2013-2014 Big Sky Resort, Biggest Skiing in America pass for their hard work “above and beyond” in hours spent tutoring and working with children in the core academic disciplines of language arts, science and math.

The Ophir and Lone Peak High School award recipients are Lacey Cook, Brittany Ellis, Erika Frounfelker, Jeremy Harder, Dave Neal (2012 recipient), Jolene Hagness, and Paul Swenson (2012 recipient). Steph Lourie is the Anderson School recipient. Each of these teachers met the core requirements of helping kids for 40 hours or more outside of school hours and with demonstrable improvement in at least one child’s scores or grades.

The Boyne Excellence in Education award goes to as many teachers as qualify in the Big Sky School District, and up to three teachers in the Anderson district.

In addition to recognizing excellence and dedication in teaching, for the 36th year in a row, Big Sky Resort will gift all students K-8 with season passes. High School students and teachers will also receive day passes for Friday ski days.

Big Sky Resort’s goal is to help students learn to ski, and with this teacher reward program, to support them in learning academically as well.

Big Sky Resort (photo Michelle Wolfe)