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Wirth wins Bills Touchdown for Teachers award

Patrick Wirth, a fourth grade teacher at Union Pleasant Elementary School, was awarded the grand prize by the Buffalo Bills and M&T Bank in the fifth annual “M&T Bank Touchdown for Teachers” program.

The program honors teachers who go above and beyond for their school and community. The finalists were chosen based on their involvement in their school or community, their positive impact, and their commitment to education.

Wirth is the head of the technology program at UPES, and he runs an interactive classroom website for his students to upload and share their work for kids all over the world to see. His class also manages the Bulldogs Pencil Shop each year, selling school supplies to students and teachers. The money raised is donated to communities in need around the globe.

In addition to his fourth grade class, Wirth also teaches master’s classes at Canisius College and voluntarily coordinates and teaches his master’s students via the C4K summer camp, a program for those looking to explore the culture and history of Buffalo in a nontraditional learning environment.

Wirth was among a group of five other finalists from Western New York. Each finalist received two game tickets to the the Bills vs. Jets game, pregame field access, in-game recognition on the video board, and an official Buffalo Bills game ball.

As the grand prize winner, Wirth will receive an in-class visit from a Buffalo Bills player as well as a $1,000 grant for UPES.

“Being able to recognize talented and dedicated teachers is an honor for the Buffalo Bills,” said Bruce Popko, Bills Senior Vice President of Business Development. “Working together with M&T Bank on our M&T Bank Touchdown for Teachers program gives us the opportunity to showcase the outstanding teachers we have in this community. Congratulations to our finalists and to Patrick Wirth, our 2013 M&T Bank Touchdown for Teachers winner.”


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