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  • Women’s Resource Agency takes part in CrowdRise fundraiser to help at-risk teen girls

    Fri, July 18, 2014 by Debbie Kelley with no comments

    wraThe Women’s Resource Agency in Colorado Springs is the only Colorado organization participating in #OperationGirl charity challenge, a global fundraising campaign for charities focused on women and girls.

    The agency’s program called InterCept, which works with adolescent girls at risk of dropping out of high school or misbehaving, is part of the $100,000 Operation USA challenge, which kicked off on the Today show earlier this month.

    The Women’s Resource Agency has set a goal of raising $5,000.

    “When girls drop out and lose the connection to education, they are at risk for sex trafficking, teen pregnancy and drug abuse,” said Melissa Marts, executive director of the Women’s Resource Agency. And, “they lose the opportunity to live a self-sufficient and economically independent life.”

    Girls ages 14-18 who go through the InterCept programs have a 99 percent graduation rate. They come to the program through the criminal justice system, foster care or school staff. Girls learn about healthy decision making, relationships and leadership skills.

    The campaign runs through Aug. 18. The team that raises the most during the public CrowdRise challenge will win a $50,000 donation.

    To participate, go to https://www.crowdrise.com/operationgirl, and look for the Women’s Resource Agency team.


  • Wounded Warrior scholarships available from CTU

    Wed, July 16, 2014 by Carol McGraw with no comments


    Colorado Technical University is offering  up to 50 scholarships to wounded warriors and spouses.

    Applications are now being taken. To apply write an essay about obstacles that have been faced. The college selects recipients based to “strong desire to advance their education and plans to apply their degree for career advancement after completing the program,” according to an email announcement of the program.

    Applicants must have proof of high school graduation or equivalency and  be member of the military or veteran receiving treatment for injuries received in combat zone in Operation Enduring Freedom or Operation Iraqi Freedom, or be the spouse.

    Applications are due September 1. For information visit www.coloradotech.edu.

  • Former Harrison Supt. Miles offers Dallas schools for immigrant kids at border

    Thu, July 10, 2014 by Carol McGraw with no comments

    Mikes Miles, former Harrison School District 2 superintendent, w ho now  has that post with Dallas Independent School District, has offered three empty schools to be used to help house the many  immigrant kids stranded as the Texas-Mexico border.

    Authorities have checked out the schools. Miles said that they would be willing to also educate the children, according to MSNBC and the Dallas Morning News.

    Some Dallas County  officials  and charitable groups have said  they  want to  help the children, according to news reports.

  • PPCC hires new director of grants

    Wed, July 9, 2014 by Debbie Kelley with no comments

    Tammye Pirie has been hired is as the director of grants for Pikes Peak Community College. She will Pirie oversee the grant office and guide solicitations, acquisition and management of governmental funding and support from private funders.

    “Grants are powerful resources for supplementing PPCC’s current efforts and future plans for its classrooms and community,” she said in a released statement.

    Pirie has 25 years experience in grant work to support organizational growth, program outreach and service delivery.


    Most recently she was principal for Anchor Research, Development and Grant Services, LLC in Colorado, chief development officer for Rocky Mountain Service Employment Redevelopment in Denver and assistant director of the Department of Grants and Partnership Development for Aurora Public School District.

    She has a master of public health in community healtheEducation from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tenn. and a bachelor’s degree from East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, Tenn.

    She also holds two national certifications: Grant Professional Certification from the Grant Professionals Association and Certified Grant Management Specialist from the National Grant Management Association.


  • Mini law school teaches basics of legal system

    Mon, July 7, 2014 by Debbie Kelley with no comments

    Anyone who’s ever wondered what it would be like to go to law school and is interested in exploring the basic concepts of our legal system can take a seven-week course that will be delivered live via televised lectures to the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs campus.

    The course will provide community members with a better understanding of important legal principles in key areas of the law and how the legal system operates and impacts everyday life.

    Mini Law School lectures will occur Tuesday evenings from Sept. 16 through Oct. 28. Class is 6-7:30 p.m. and will be telecast live to UCCS (University Center room 302) from the Wittemyer Courtroom at the Wolf Law Building on the CU-Boulder campus.

    A different topic will be explored each week, including:

    • Constitutional law with Associate Professor Scott Moss
    • Environmental law with Professor Mark Squillace
    • Litigation with Associate Professor Frederick Bloom
    • Estate planning and taxation with Professor Wayne Gazur
    • Contracts and business law with Professor Mark Loewenstein
    • Family law with Professor Jennifer Hendricks
    • Criminal procedure with Clinical Professor Ann England
    The registration fee for the series is $90 and participants who attend at least five of the seven sessions receive a Mini Law School Certificate (no academic credit is received for participation). There are no required readings, tests or homework assignments.
    Click here to register.


  • Harrison School District 2 gets grants for security updates

    Mon, July 7, 2014 by Debbie Kelley with no comments

    Surveillance camera being installed.

    Surveillance camera being installed.

    Three schools in Harrison School District 2 recently received grants to make security updates.

    Wildflower Elementary School, Giberson Elementary School and Mountain Vista Community School each received grants between $3,500 and $4,500 for school security upgrades.

    The improvements will include additional surveillance cameras, monitors and an audible voice notification system.

    The money is from the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation, under the 2014 Lowe’s Toolbox for Education “Never Stop Improving” grants for the School Security Upgrades program.


  • Ranch Creek Elementary student wins first place in H20-Eco Challenge

    Wed, July 2, 2014 by Debbie Kelley with no comments

    Alyssa Murphy, who in the fall will be in the fifth grade at Ranch Creek Elementary in Academy School District 20, won first place and a Kindle Fire in the H20-Eco Challenge STEM program sponsored by Colorado Springs Water Partners.

    She engineered a shower head that she said, “can get you clean and save our water resources.”

    Colorado Springs Utilities also was a sponsor of the program.


  • Study: Most college presidents don’t want guns on campus

    Wed, June 25, 2014 by Debbie Kelley with no comments

    antigunAn overwhelming majority of college and university presidents want to keep their campuses gun free, according to a new study from Ball State University.

    The survey, titled “University Presidents’ Perceptions and Practice Regarding the Carrying of Concealed Handguns on College Campuses,” found that about 95 percent of respondents opposed allowing concealed handguns on campus and about 91 percent cited accidental shootings of fellow students as the greatest disadvantage of allowing concealed weapons.

    “Currently available data indicates that college campuses are one of the safest places in communities for college-age students, and college leaders want to keep it that way,” study co-author Jagdish Khubchandani stated in a release. He is a member of Ball State’s Global Health Institute and a community health education professor.

    Researchers, who included faculty from the University of Toledo in Ohio, surveyed 401 college chief executives and found that 79 percent did not own a firearm. Fifty-seven percent indicated they grew up in a home without a gun. About 5 percent of presidents had a valid permit to carry a concealed handgun.

    College campuses have traditionally been gun-free zones, but recent mass shootings on campuses and lobbying from pro-firearm groups have led to political pressures to permit concealed firearms on college campuses, Khubchandani said.

    The presidents’ views seem to be in line with college students, Khubchandani said, pointing to a 2013 survey that found that 78 percent of college students at 15 Midwestern schools were strongly opposed to having guns on campus.

    The study on college presidents’ views, which recently was published in the Journal of American College Health, also found:

    • About 98 percent of the presidents thought students and faculty felt safe on their campuses.
    • Additionally, 92 percent said most faculty and students would feel unsafe if faculty, students and visitors carried concealed handguns.
    • Nearly 81 percent said they did not avoid places around campuses out of concern for their safety.
    • Seven percent reported a crime on their campus in the past year where the perpetrator used a firearm
    • About 65 percent of respondents were against allowing concealed handguns off campus.

    In terms of intervention, 91 percent  of survey respondents think identifying and referring potentially violent students is the best course of action, along with mass text alerts. An active shooter plan, campus police presence and video cameras also were noted as helpful.


  • No more fumbling: Kindergartners can quickly grasp the art of shoe tying

    Wed, June 25, 2014 by Debbie Kelley with no comments


    The popularity of Velcro shoes and parents’ lack of time have resulted in a consequence: children are falling behind in learning how to tie their own shoes.

    A former teacher, Eileen Sloan, believes she has come up with a solution. She’s created a shoe-tying tool to help kids learn this important skill.

    EZLeaps is a decorative card, available in 12 designs, that guides children through the process and makes the “holding the laces” part more manageable for small hands. The produce costs $5.49 and is cheaper is bought in bulk. For more information, click here. A video of how it works can be seen here.

  • CC’s Summer Music Festival director to receive award

    Fri, June 20, 2014 by Debbie Kelley with no comments

    Mayor Steve Bach will present the Spirit of the Springs Award to Susan Grace, senior lecturer, associate chair and artist-in-residence with the Colorado College Music Department on Monday at 10 a.m. in the lobby of Packard Hall on the CC campus, 5 W. Cache la Poudre St.

    Grace, who was nominated for a 2005 Grammy Award for Best Small Ensemble Performance, is also music director of the Colorado College Summer Music Festival, currently celebrating its 30th anniversary.

    The festival, an intensive three-week program for 49 advanced student musicians, draws young musicians and faculty members from across the country. Students at the festival participate in a concert series (including chamber music concerts), five orchestra performances (including a free children’s concert), and several off-campus outreach concerts throughout the region.