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The Pasadena Tournament of Roses Kicks Off Extra Yard for Teachers Week

Silk will receive a $1,000 DonorsChoose gift card to use for classroom resources

Published on Tuesday, September 14, 2021 | 4:53 pm

The Pasadena Tournament of Roses, along with the College Football Playoff (CFP) Foundation, celebrated the Big Day for Teachers by honoring Pasadena teacher Julie Silk with a $1,000 DonorsChoose gift card to use toward student resources. The Big Day for Teachers is a part of the CFP Foundation’s Extra Yard for Teachers Week, which celebrates educators across the country.

Silk is one of the founding teachers of Pasadena Unified School District’s Dual Language Immersion Program. She has taught first-grade Spanish Dual Immersion for 12 years, first at San Rafael Elementary and currently at Jackson STEM Dual Language Elementary. She joined PUSD in 2004.

Silk, who was named the PUSD’s 2021 Teacher of the Year, is known to be an inspiring teacher who engages students and their families. She adapted quickly when the COVID-19 pandemic hit in early 2020 and transitioned her classroom to distance learning. Without having met her students in person, Silk cultivated strong bonds through whole class lessons and intentional support through small groups, focused lessons, and individual attention.

Tournament of Roses President Bob Miller presented Silk with a Donors Choose Gift Card in a surprise visit to Jackson Elementary on Tuesday.

“We are thrilled to celebrate Ms. Silk during the CFP Extra Yard for Teachers Week and the Big Day for Teachers,” Miller said. “The theme for this year’s Tournament of Roses is ‘Dream. Believe. Achieve.’ and Ms. Silk has done just that through her work with her students and throughout her community. She’s an amazing educator and we are proud that we can continue to support amazing teachers like Ms. Silk through our work with the CFP Foundation.”

The CFP Foundation’s Extra Yard for Teachers Week is a nine-day celebration, from September 10-18, that honors and recognizes great teachers. Throughout the week, the college football community, including universities, conferences, bowl games and ESPN, goes out of its way to let teachers know they are valued and respected.

About the Pasadena Tournament of Roses®

The Tournament of Roses is a volunteer organization that hosts America’s New Year Celebration® with the Rose Parade® presented by Honda, the Rose Bowl Game® and a variety of accompanying events. The Association’s 935 volunteer members drive the success of these annual events. For more information, visit Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

About the College Football Playoff Foundation and Extra Yard for Teachers

The CFP Foundation is the community engagement arm of the College Football Playoff, supporting education across the country. The CFP Foundation’s primary cause platform, Extra Yard for Teachers, is dedicated to elevating the teaching profession by inspiring and empowering teachers in four focus areas: resources, recognition, recruitment and professional development. The CFP Foundation utilizes multiple partnerships to execute its initiatives and support positive educational outcomes. To learn more, visit and follow Extra Yard for Teachers (@CFPExtraYard) on social media.

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