Longfellow Elementary School was one of three finalists for the Colorado Success Transformational Impact award.
The award is given to schools making extraordinary gains in academic achievement.
Longfellow Principal Chuck McKenna accepted the award on behalf of the school. McKenna thanked the school board, administration and the city of Salida for embracing education and making Salida an educational community.
Longfellow beat out Aurora Quest and Manassa Elementary in the North Conejos School District for the top honor. Besides the honor of being named the top elementary school in the state, Longfellow picked up $15,000 and will receive customized professional training.
The awards ceremony was broadcast on Denver TV station KUSA channel 9.
Dan attended Arkansas State University in Jonesboro, Arkansas from 1978-82 (where he picked up the name Dan R after his fraternity brothers couldn’t pronounce his last name), majoring in Radio/Television. Dan lived in Jonesboro for 10 years working in radio and then was a TV weatherman for ABC affiliate KAIT Channel 8.
Television was a little boring when compared to radio, so Dan returned to hosting radio morning shows in Nashville, Memphis, Oklahoma, and then eventually, Colorado.
Dan enjoys being involved in the community, having been an member of the Upper Arkansas Service Club and is currently on the board of directors for the Salida Community Center and is a member of the Chaffee County Fair Committee.
Dan and his wife Carrie spend their days doing everything the mountains have to offer: hiking, camping, fishing and skiing. They raised 3 children together and have 2 grandchildren.