On May 10th, Indio High School's IMPACT Instructor/Coordinator Tom Buck was selected as the high school Teacher of the Year for the Desert Sands Unified School District . Tom will now represent DSUSD in the Riverside County Teacher of the Year selection. County Teachers of the Year will have the opportunity to potentially be selected as a California State Teacher.
Tom and the City of Indio has formed a working relationship utilizing the arts and media talents of Indio High School students who are a part of the Institute of Media Production Arts and Creative Technology or IMPACT program at the Career Technical Education pathway at Indio High School. Tom and his students have created and presented designs and ideas for additional downtown Indio window wraps, street pole banners and have submitted ideas for the Miles Avenue Bridge Project. IMPACT students also participated in the Indio Block Party / Tachevah Music Showcase in May for the first time where they created videos and hosted a photo booth.