Written by Elizabeth Davis. Posted in News & Weather

Owen Kinney, Chair of the Darlington Upper School Science Department, has been granted $1,000 for classroom supplies from the Extra Yard for Teachers program, an initiative of the Big 12 Conference and the College Football Playoff Foundation.

According to a media release from Darlington School, Kinney was nominated for the honor by Miles Bearden, a 2013 Darlington alum and Kansas State University track and field athlete.  Bearden is one of the Big 12 student-athletes featured in its “Champions for Life” campaign which highlights student-athletes’ life-changing stories through the opportunties that a scholarship provides.

Each student-athlete featured in the “Champions for Life” campaign was given the opportunity to nominate a teacher who made a lasting impact on them during their academic journey.

Bearden states, “Mr. Kinney pushed me as a student while creating a very fun learning environment.  He always had a positive outlook, and it rubbed off on his students.  He taught me environmental science and zoology and was also my advisor.”

Kinney, who was quite surprised to receive the recognition, is now in the project-planning process for the grant.  He says, “I’m very interested in creating a perennial garden with an interpretive walking trail, filling it with plants and flowers that will attract bees and wasps.  This garden would give us the opportunity to observe how these vital native pollinators work as we observe their diversity and abundance over time.”

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