“Really it was about the immediate response,” Steffens said. “It was the local community that did everything in the beginning before outside help could access Lyons.”
Steffans was one of about 20 heroes honored by the children, who gave presentations on the admired locals on May 6. Among the honored were Lyons Town Administrator Victoria Simonsen and Lyons Elementary School Principal Andrew Moore; another student chose to honor Man Street School in Longmont, whose teachers, staff and students opened their doors to Lyons students for the two-and-a-half months Lyons Elementary was closed last fall.
Denver photographer Peggy Dyer was another hero honored; Dyer photographed 400 Lyons Elementary School students, teachers and staff as part of her “1 Million Faces” project. Subjects held a whiteboard which displayed a message they wished to convey to the world. Some messages included statements such as, “I survived the flood,” but subjects were not asked to focus on the disaster.
“Sitting in this room, I felt so humbled,” Steffens said. “It was an honor to be recognized as a hero
among such amazing community members.”
Lyons Elementary School reopened in December 2013 and construction continues to restore the mountain town.
1 Million Faces Project at Lyons Elementary School