Former teacher returns to the classroom in his free time

Volunteer grows students' imgainations with art

FORT MORGAN, Colo. - Schools everywhere are trying to preserve the arts in education, especially during tight budget times.

The eastern Colorado town of Fort Morgan has an interesting solution and it is made possible thanks, in part, to 7Everyday Hero Bob Everett.

Everett taught art in Fort Morgan schools for 30 years. For the last seven he has given his time at the town's Lincoln High School.

"This is one of the highlights of my week.  I love coming over here," said Everett.

The hope is Lincoln's students will develop critical thinking, refine their imaginations and stimulate their creative skills through art.

"Some of the things they learn here work habit wise and creatively can lead them to great things in their future life," said Everett.

"He helps me out with a bunch of the stuff I draw like shading and dimensions and stuff," said Cristian Garcia, Senior at Lincoln High.

"I was not that good at art and then when Bob came he showed me how to be creative and just to work better," said Janie Estrada, a Senior at Lincoln High.

"It has just been an amazing experience.  We are very, very blessed to have him here. I know this kind of thing does not happen all the time," said teacher Peyman Javadi.

While students past and present know Everett for his art instruction, many residents of Fort Morgan may recognize his voice.

"Yes, I had the pleasure of announcing Fort Morgan High School sports for 20-plus years," said Everett.

Bob Everett has spent a lifetime serving his community. It is an example that is making an impression on the young leaders of tomorrow.

"It is like he is showing us how we should be later on in life," said Estrada.