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Thu. 05/05/16
Silver Key Needs Help to "Stock the Pantry"!
Silver Key Senior Services - 05/05/16 2:59 PM
May 5, 2016, Colorado Springs, CO -- The shelves in the Silver Key pantry are getting dangerously low and we need your help to fill them. For more than forty years, Silver Key Senior Services has been providing much needed nutrition assistance to seniors in crisis in the greater Colorado Springs area and the need continues to grow as the senior population increases. While Silver Key works hard to meet the growing demand, we cannot help without the support of our community. This month, we are asking you to help us "Stock the Pantry"!

Food Items Needed:
Canned Tomato Products, Peanut Butter/Jelly, Canned Fruits/Vegetables, Cereals, Canned Meats, Pasta/Rice/Crackers, Low or No Salt Items, Gluten Free Items, and Sugar Free Items

Hygiene Items Needed:
Toilet Paper, Paper Towels, Shampoo/Conditioner (small bottles), Deodorant, Toothpaste/Toothbrushes, Lotion, Baby Powder, Tissues

Donations of non-perishable food items and hygiene products can be dropped off at the Silver Key office at 2250 Bott Avenue, Colorado Springs, CO 80904, Monday through Friday from 8:00 am -- 5:00 pm. Your donation will help us provide much needed emergency food and hygiene products to seniors.

Each month, Silver Key provides nutrition assistance to more than 1000 seniors. Our Nutrition Programs consist of two federal food programs; Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) and The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP), the Pantry program for clients meeting financial requirements but also having dietary restrictions, and the Emergency Pantry, a one-time assistance for seniors not currently enrolled in a program and having a dire need.

For more information about Silver Key Senior Services Nutrition programs, please call 884-2300 or visit www.silverkey.org.
Wed. 05/04/16
Media Alert: Unity Fest at Palmer High School
Colorado Springs Dist. 11 - 05/04/16 3:46 PM
Students at Palmer High School, 301 N. Nevada Ave., will be celebrating their annual Unity Fest on Friday, May 6, in the Palmer Courtyard from 11:03 - 11:42. Unity Fest is a celebration of the shared qualities that help us understand each other, as well as a celebration of the community created at Palmer. The theme for the Fest this year is One Love, by Bob Marley. Students will act, play instruments, discuss projects, provide rice lunches to raise awareness of hunger related issues, and more. The media is invited to attend this event, which is for Palmer students only.
Tue. 05/03/16
Spring Cleaning for Silver Key
Silver Key Senior Services - 05/03/16 2:11 PM
May 3, 2016, Colorado Springs, CO --It is that time of year when we start thinking about getting rid of the musty winter feel and freshening up our homes. Along with the cleaning comes the de-cluttering and once you have finished cleaning, what do you do with the extra stuff you have accumulated over the winter? Bring it to Silver Key! Our thrift store is in need of your used and no longer needed household items.

The Silver Key Thrift Store is now located at 1438 N. Hancock in the Golf Acres Shopping Center, just a few doors down from the Colorado Springs Senior Center. We can always use those previously loved items and treasures discovered as you are spring cleaning. Smaller scale furniture and household items are in high demand and short supply. In addition to household items, we also accept clothing and shoes. All money raised in the store goes directly to support the services provided by Silver Key.

This year, spring clean for a good cause and donate your gently used items to Silver Key. Our store hours are Monday -- Saturday from 9 a.m. -- 4 p.m. For more information on donations please contact Cindy Barry at 719 884-2366. For more information about Silver Key Senior Services please contact Lorri Orwig at 719 884-2313 or email her at lorwig@silverkey.org.
Fri. 04/29/16
Media Alert: Two School District 11 Teachers to Receive Award from Colorado Springs Down Syndrome Association
Colorado Springs Dist. 11 - 04/29/16 3:18 PM
On Tuesday, May 3, at 10:30 a.m., the Colorado Springs Down Syndrome Association will honor two Fremont Elementary School teachers in a surprise visit. A representative from the association will present Simone Rogers, first grade teacher, and Tonya Mullaney, special education resource teacher, with a special recognition and a monetary award. The media is invited to attend this event; the school is located at 5110 El Camino Dr.
Thu. 04/28/16
Harrison HS to honor Daniels Fund and Scott Memorial Scholarship winners
Harrison Dist. 2 - 04/28/16 1:31 PM
See attached

We hope you can attend! We're very proud of our four Daniels winners and would love to share the story of Mr. Scott's continued generosity on behalf of his wife


Attached Media Files: 2016-04/1351/93953/2016_HHSAwardCeremony.pdf
Tue. 04/26/16
School District 11 Board of Education Meeting
Colorado Springs Dist. 11 - 04/26/16 9:32 AM
The Colorado Springs School District 11 Board of Education will have a board meeting on Wednesday, April 27, 6:30 p.m. The consent/action items on this agenda include:
Policy IKF: Graduation Requirements
Policy EHC: Technology Resources and Internet Safety Responsible Use Policy
Resolution 2016-30: Authorizing the Execution of the Adams Site Lease Financing (COPs)
Resolution 2016-38: National Teacher Appreciation Week

To view the agenda, go to the Board of Education webpage, hover over meetings, and select BoardDocs Public Site. The April 27 agenda is featured.
Mon. 04/25/16
Aventa Launches New Website (Photo)
Aventa Credit Union - 04/25/16 10:13 AM
Old Website Homepage
Old Website Homepage
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Aventa Credit Union recently launched their all-new website featuring a fresh, modern look, improved functionality and enhanced content. The new website is built with a responsive design, which automatically optimizes the graphics and content for viewing on mobile devices such as smart phones and tablets.

Visitors to the site will find the most requested information located on the home page, including online banking log-on, an ATM finder, branch locations and contact information. The site also includes alerts, upcoming news and events, product information and relevant financial tips while continuing to provide calculators and useful financial tools to help member's make sounds financial decisions.

"We are excited about our new website launch. We hope our existing membership and potential membership will find the new site more user friendly and interactive. " said Karin Kovalovsky, Vice President of Corporate Communications and Marketing.

This new website was designed by in10sity.

About Aventa
Aventa Credit Union was founded in 1957 and serves Colorado Springs, Pueblo and Saguache County. Today, Aventa has grown to more than 22,000 members and $163 million in assets. The credit union offers a wide-variety of financial products and services throughout their branches in Colorado Springs, Pueblo and the San Luis Valley.


Attached Media Files: Old Website Homepage , New Website Homepage
Fri. 04/22/16
Aventa Credit Union Chairman of the Board Celebrates 50 Years of Volunteer Service (Photo)
Aventa Credit Union - 04/22/16 9:04 AM
Michael Fansler, Chairman of the Board
Michael Fansler, Chairman of the Board
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Aventa Credit Union is pleased to announce that Michael Fansler, Chairman of Aventa's Board of Directors, is celebrating his 50th year of volunteer service to the credit union.

Mr. Fansler began his volunteer service in February 1966 when he became a member of the Supervisory Committee and later joined the board of directors. He has held the positions of Treasurer, Vice Chairman and Chairman on the Aventa Board of Directors. He has spent 18 of the last 20 years as Chairman of the Board. Mr. Fansler has also served on the board of directors for the Colorado State League as well as the audit committee. Locally he had a strong influence on the former Pikes Peak Chapter of Credit Unions and various other credit union related organizations. Other credit union service includes serving in an advisory capacity for SunCorp Corporate Credit Union.

"Mr. Fansler is an engaged member, educator, supporter, credit union defender and advocate. He has continued to educate himself and has received numerous commendations, awards and certificates for his involvement and service. He is a visionary and at the same time applies those 50 years in a very steadfast, knowledgeable role. He is Aventa's walking library of history. We congratulate him on 50 years of service" said Gregory Mills, Aventa's CEO/President.

About Aventa
Aventa Credit Union was founded in 1957 by the Colorado Springs Utilities Department. Today, Aventa has grown to more than 21,000 members and $163 million in assets. The credit union offers a wide-variety of financial products and services throughout their branches in Colorado Springs, Pueblo and the San Luis Valley.


Attached Media Files: Michael Fansler, Chairman of the Board
Thu. 04/21/16
Cheyenne Mountain AFS Fire Department Conducts Fire Training
Peterson Air Force Base - 04/21/16 1:30 PM
The Cheyenne Mountain AFS fire department will conduct flashover fire training exercises from 9-11:30 a.m. April 22 at the base fire training center, located on the CMAFS installation, southwest of Highway 115 and South Academy Boulevard.

This routine training is conducted periodically to ensure base emergency responders are prepared to handle a wide variety of emergencies on the installation. As part of cooperative agreements, the department assists with emergencies in the Broadmoor Bluffs neighborhood and the Cheyenne Mountain State Park.

Those traveling the I-25 and Highway 115 corridors and living adjacent to the installation should not be alarmed if they see smoke or fire from this area. The base fire training center has significant safety controls in place to ensure the training environment remains safe, yet provides the maximum educational environment for the firefighting teams.
Aventa Launches First Responder Loan
Aventa Credit Union - 04/21/16 12:30 PM
Aventa Credit Union recently launched a First Responder Loan offering a loan fixed-rate loan supporting those who are currently employed or volunteer as a first responder. The First Responder Loan can be used to help with the purchase of equipment and supplies such as dry suits, boots, gloves, uniform pants and shirts, patrol jackets and much more. The First Responder Loan is the first of its kind in the market areas in which Aventa serves.

"Aventa serves the City of Colorado Springs and Pueblo and we saw a unique need within these groups to offer a special loan that would help first responders with the extra expenses that they may incur because of their job. Aventa is proud to support our first responders by offering a First Responder Loan. " said Karin Kovalovsky, Vice President of Corporate Communications and Marketing.

For more information on the First Responder Loan visit aventa.com

About Aventa
Aventa Credit Union was founded in 1957 and serves Colorado Springs, Pueblo and Saguache County. Today, Aventa has grown to more than 22,000 members and $163 million in assets. The credit union offers a wide-variety of financial products and services throughout their branches in Colorado Springs, Pueblo and the San Luis Valley.


Attached Media Files: 2016-04/1243/93758/First_Responder_Loan_Handout.pdf
Wed. 04/20/16
Harrison School District Two to host Teacher Recruitment Fair
Harrison Dist. 2 - 04/20/16 1:58 PM
Please publish to event calendars and other channels where applicable - thank you!

HSD2 Teacher Recruitment Fair
Saturday, April 30, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Zalman Center, 2755 Janitell Road


See attached for more info


Attached Media Files: 2016-04/1351/93719/2016_JobFairNotice.pdf
Media Alert: Flowcabulary Showcase At Mitchell High School
Colorado Springs Dist. 11 - 04/20/16 12:40 PM
On Thursday, April 21, Mitchell High School, 1205 Potter Drive, will host a Flowcabulary Showcase. The matinee will take place at 2:10 p.m., and the community evening event will begin at 7 p.m. The media is invited to attend this event.

Flowcabulary was birthed out of Saturday School in 2009, working with primarily at-risk, minority youth who were failing classes. The objective is to teach them and, subsequently, both encourage and require them to use high-level academic vocabulary, including SAT-vocabulary, while composing original rap lyrics to high quality, explosive beats.
Tue. 04/19/16
Media Alert: Dr. Suess STEAM Night at Bristol Elementary
Colorado Springs Dist. 11 - 04/19/16 4:47 PM
On Thursday, April 21, 6-7 p.m., Bristol Elementary School, 890 N. Walnut Street, will hold a Dr. Suess STEAM Night, at which time parents and students will be working on different science, technology, engineering, art, and math tasks. This event has been made possible by a grant from the Colorado Springs Rotary. The media is invited to attend.
HSD2 partners with landscape companies, ALCC for massive Earth Day project
Harrison Dist. 2 - 04/19/16 1:47 PM
See attached for more info

This is a great Earth Day story and a huge opportunity for our Career Readiness Academy students!


Attached Media Files: 2016-04/1351/93669/2016_CRAEarthDayProject.pdf
Palmer High School to Host High School Nation Spring 2016 Tour
Colorado Springs Dist. 11 - 04/19/16 9:02 AM
On Thursday, April 21, through a partnership with High School Nation, Palmer High School, 301 N. Nevada Ave., will be one of 25 schools nationwide hosting the Spring 2016 High School Nation tour. The main event will be 1-3 p.m., and the media is invited to attend. (This event is for Palmer students only.)

The tour will bring a variety of performing artists to the campus, including Drake Bell from Nickelodeon's Drake and Josh show, Palaye Royale, and up-and-comers Far Young and Izzy Malik. In addition to the performances of these artists, students will have the ability to experience a variety of hands-on activities at specialized zones featuring equipment and information from a variety of sponsors including Sony, Pioneer, Roland, Gibson, Ernie Ball, the New York Film Academy, Volcom, Tilly's, Sparkling Ice, Takis and more. At the conclusion of the event, these sponsors and High School Nation will donate $10,000 worth of equipment and supplies to stimulate arts education at Palmer High School. More information about High School Nation can be found at http://www.highschoolnation.org .
Sun. 04/17/16
Normal Service Schedule
Vista Grande Baptist Church - 04/17/16 7:23 AM
Normal Service Schedule
Wed. 04/13/16
Low-flying aircraft during anniversary celebration
Peterson Air Force Base - 04/13/16 11:50 AM
CHEYENNE MOUNTAIN AIR FORCE STATION, Colo. -- Low-flying aircraft will be part of the Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station anniversary celebration April 15.

Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station marks its 50th year of being fully operational with a ceremony at 9:30 a.m. April 15. The ceremony and flights should end by 10:30 a.m.

The aircraft include F-16s from Buckley Air Force Base, and Apache and Black Hawk helicopters from Fort Carson, which will pass over the installation as a salute to its pivotal role to the defense of the United States, Canada and its allies.
Tue. 04/12/16
School District 11 Board of Education Meeting
Colorado Springs Dist. 11 - 04/12/16 5:25 PM
The Colorado Springs School District 11 Board of Education will have a board meeting on Wednesday, April 13, 6:30 p.m. The consent/action items on this agenda include:
Instructional Materials and Secondary Course Approval
Policy LBD: Relations with Charter Schools
Contract Awards: 6th Biennial Review of the District's Comprehensive Performance Plan
Resolution 2016-31: Executive Professionals Week

To view the agenda, go to the Board of Education webpage, hover over meetings, and select BoardDocs Public Site. The April 13 agenda is featured.
Mon. 04/11/16
Thu. 04/07/16
Mayor Suthers to be Among Community Members at Buena Vista's Career Day
Colorado Springs Dist. 11 - 04/07/16 12:42 PM
On Friday, April 8, Buena Vista Elementary School, 924 W. Pikes Peak Ave., is having Career Day. Many community members will be at Buena Vista to talk with the students about their exciting professions. Mayor Suthers will be among the community members attending this exciting event; he will arrive at 8:30 a.m. The media is invited to attend this event.
Wed. 04/06/16
District Two Statement Regarding Parent Communication With Harrison High School
Harrison Dist. 2 - 04/06/16 8:59 PM
Several Safe2Tell tips were received by the District today sharing a rumored threat to Harrison High School tomorrow.  The rumored threats may be linked to the off campus incident on Monday that resulted in non-life threatening injuries to two students.  We take all Safe2Tell tips seriously.  We are working closely with CSPD and have elected the following precautionary measures for Harrison High School tomorrow:
 
·      Additional CSPD officers on campus
·      Additional District security on campus
·      Additional Administration Personnel on campus
·      Lockout in place (classes occur inside the building, but doors are locked and secured for the school day)

We will continue to work with police as they complete their investigation and will work to ensure our campus is safe.  We ask parents to be aware of their children's activity and behavior, especially during this extended weekend.  We are always appreciative of Safe2Tell and our community who utilize this tool to keep our schools safe.