• SLANT 45 Action Team at Valley Ranch Elem.

    Super Bowl XLV is being held at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington in February 2011. The North Texas Super Bowl XLV Host Committee planned a series of events and projects for the year leading up to the big game. To create one of those products, the committee joined in an educational partnership with Big Thought, resulting in SLANT 45: Service Learning Adventures in North Texas, which is a historic youth education program offering profound challenges and rewards to its young participants.

    SLANT 45 is a unique and creative community-wide service-learning project that has positively impacted the lives of thousands of North Texas students and their families. It serves as a model that can be emulated by the NFL in cities and regions hosting future Super Bowl games. (SLANT 45 was named after an actual football play used by Daryl Johnston and Emmitt Smith for the Dallas Cowboys.)

    Many Coppell ISD campuses chose to participate in SLANT 45. In particular, Valley Ranch Elementary was the first school in the program to participate as an entire campus. State Representative Linda Harper Brown even recognized VRE for their efforts. Together VRE students contributed a combined 8,610 service learning hours, with one of their major accomplishments being the Health and Wellness Fair they hosted this fall. Several students' reflective artwork is featured in the SLANT 45 Art Exhibit at North Park mall. Click here to view video.

    Valley Ranch Elem. was asked to host the last the SLANT 45 Action Team meeting at their school. The committee wanted an opportunity to see and hear first-hand what the kids and school had accomplished through their service learning project.Meeting attendees included former Dallas Cowboy Daryl Johnston, Committee Chairman; Bill Lively, President and CEO of the North Texas Super Bowl XLV Host Committee; Gigi Antoni, CEO, Big Thought; Linda Hamilton, Manager, NFL Charities, National Football League; Tony Fay, VP of Communications, North Texas Super Bowl XLV Host Committee; Two members of the Indianapolis Super Bowl Host Committee; Representatives from SLANT 45 sponsor Bank of America; along with other community members who serve on the Action Team.

    Visit http://www.slant45.org/ to learn more about SLANT 45.