BPS art educator to be honored by NFL
The Supervisor of Art Education for the Buffalo Public School District will be honored Sunday by the National Football League. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says Michele Agosto will be receiving the Buffalo Bills Hispanic Heritage Leadership award.
Agosto's cheerful voice filled her office at a Buffalo school building on Clinton Street. The art educator has been very visibility in the city school district leading work with student artwork and community projects. Sunday, thousands of Bills fans will see her on the field during the pre-game as she is recognized for her work.
“It was really exciting and quite a surprise. I received an email from the Buffalo Bills, a representative from the Bills who was quite pleasant, and she forwarded an email saying that I would be receiving an award from the NFL, also sponsored by the Hispanic Heritage Foundation,” Agosto explains.
As part of the award, Agosto will be able to designate 2-thousand dollars to a not-for-profit organization of her choice. Agosto tells us she's splitting the cash between two organizations.
“So, $1,000 will go to the Buffalo Schools Foundation, and they support the arts and athletics in the Buffalo Public Schools enrichment activities. And the other thousand dollars will go to the Hispanic Heritage Council of Western New York which I am affiliated with and they do just great work in the community so I’m excited about that,” Agosto said.
Agosto is filled with enthusiasm about her work for the district. Behind her desk is a white board filled with a 'Things to do' list. This art educator shares her many skills and talents to improve learning for city students.
“I am a really big advocate for everything that our teachers and our students do in the arts, and I have learned to have a really big mouth and be really visible and I’ve learned that smiling also helps. So, we’ve been really lucky,” Agosto mentions.
Agosto says she's proud to be representing the Buffalo School District and Hispanic community in receiving the honor.