And The Award Goes To… Mary Bielz!

On September 1st, our own Mary Bielz was awarded Colorado Association of School
Board’s (CASB) prestigious McGuffey Award during the 2021 Fall Regional Meeting in
Pueblo, CO.
The CASB McGuffey Award honors unique board members who bring committed and
passionate service to their board work. Every district has the opportunity to submit one
board member each year. Honorees are recognized at CASB’s Fall Regional Meetings
and featured on their website, through social media, and during CASB’s 81st Annual
Convention December 2 – 4, 2021.
For anyone who knows Mary Bielz, she is a force to be reckoned with. She brings an
energy and unwavering commitment to any project or role she takes on. Her time as
President of the CC-V School Board has been no exception.
Besides assisting with the writing of the RISE Grant, which resulted in a $1.5 million
grant award to the CC-V School District; Mary has been instrumental in the purchase
and planning of our mini-factory, the future site of our Building Trades Program, which
will provide affordable housing options for our community.
Mary, a former CC-V Art Teacher of 23 years, has made the communities of Cripple
Creek, Victor and the school district her life’s work. From crushing aluminum cans to
fund school district initiatives to being the Founder and Chairman of the Board for the
Community of Caring Foundation, Mary does work that makes a real difference and will
continue to do so for many years to come.