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T1L1 Students Reach Out to Children Impacted by Fires in Colorado

Teach One to Lead One  impacts the lives of students, teaching them to be leaders and to do the right thing regardless of their situation. That was evidenced recently at Tarver Elementary School in Thornton, Colorado. 

Last November, a fire damaged three homes near the school. One was completely destroyed. T1L1 mentors joined the school and helped the families impacted by the fires by donating gift cards to them. This act of kindness and compassion was not lost on the students. 

The Marshall Fire

At the end of December, another fire, known as the Marshall Fire, raged through Boulder County, impacting three cities. It was the largest fire in Colorado history. It destroyed 1,000 homes and displaced tens of thousand of residents. When a book drive was organized to replace the home libraries of students who had lost their possessions, T1L1 stepped up again. The fourth grade students at Tarver Elementary who were part of the T1L1 program led a book drive to give these students new or gently used books. The Tarver fourth graders held a contest to see which grade could bring in the most books, created videos and posters to help promote the event, made book collection bags for each classroom and gathered the books each day. 

5,000+ books

In the end, Tarver Elementary donated over 5,000 books for the students affected by the fires. One of the mentors donated a moving truck to transport all of the books to a central distribution site. The T1L1 students helped box the books and load them on the truck. 

Coming full circle at graduation

When it came time for the Tarver fourth graders to go through T1L1 graduation, their act of kindness came full circle. Local author and T1L1 mentor, Hilary Whiton, shared how their service project was a blessing to many students in her community. You see, Hilary lives in Louisville, Colorado, one of the communities destroyed by the fire. She also shared from her book, The Poopicorn, and told the students she had used all ten of the Universal Principles in writing the book.

Tarver Elementary fourth graders loaded more than 5,000 books for students in Boulder County who lost their possessions during the Marshall fire.

Author Hilary Whiton speaks at the T1L1 graduation. You can learn more about her books at