Actor John Ratzenberger Headlines Love Our Schools Gala
CASTLE ROCK- The Douglas County Educational Foundation announced that Emmy-nominated actor, John Ratzenberger, will be the keynote speaker at its upcoming Love Our Schools Gala on January 29, 2016.
Best known as Cliff Clavin from the popular show, “Cheers,” Ratzenberger has the distinction of being the only person to appear in every Pixar movie produced. His passion, however, is promoting career and technical education in our nation’s schools. As Senior Fellow at the Center for America, he initiated the 10 by 20 Campaign which is to have 10 million newly-trained, skilled workers by 2020.
“We thought John was a perfect fit for what we are doing in Douglas County Schools. With the advantage of choice, students are better able to discern and set themselves on a path of success when it comes to a career. John is a strong advocate for schools preparing students for the workforce, not just standardized tests,” said Jason Christensen, Executive Director of DCEF.
In addition to being an actor, Ratzenberger is also an inventor and entrepreneur. His presentation at Love Our Schools is entitled, “Made in America: Expanding Skill, Education, and Entrepreneurship for the 21st Century.”
This will be the Third Annual Love Our Schools event hosted by the Foundation and will take place at Cielo at Castle Pines. Proceeds from Love Our Schools go to DCEF’s Innovation Fund which provide funding for classroom equipment, technology needs, student enrichment activities, and professional development opportunities for teachers.