Just a few blocks away from the entrance to the Beaver Creek Ski Resort, Avon Elementary provides students the foundational knowledge students need to succeed throughout their academic career and into adulthood. Avon Elementary is a National Blue Ribbon School, the highest honor bestowed on public schools by the U.S. Department of Education. Avon received this recognition due to its rapid turnaround and significant increases in student growth on achievement tests. This was no small feat. The school experienced a huge demographic shift with the influx of Spanish speaking students and families. Avon had to rapidly adapt to the unique and diverse needs of these students. School leaders reached out to the community and developed innovative and robust relationships and programs that tackled barriers to learning for all of their students. The Youth Foundation organized and began providing after school programs for structured play and extended learning. Students could now complete, and get help with, their homework instead of going home to empty houses. The Vail Valley Foundation organized arts, dance, and music programs to provide enrichment and creative brain stimulation. Vail Resorts offered scholarships so all kids could participate in Learn to Ski and become immersed in local culture. The district's first in-school health clinic opened in Avon Elementary, providing free, or reduced cost, health and dental care on the spot. Absences declined and well-being improved. Key members of the community stepped up with huge financial support. One by one, problems were addressed with help from the community. And you know what? The kids and families felt the love of the community. They felt like they belonged and could succeed. And that's exactly what they're doing.