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Tue. 10/06/15
Help Silver Key Fill Thanksgiving Food Bags!
Silver Key Senior Services - 10/06/15 10:51 AM
October 6, 2015, Colorado Springs, CO -- Silver Key needs your help to fill Bountiful Bags for Thanksgiving throughout the entire month of October!

The Bountiful Bags project provides seniors who are enrolled in our Nutrition Services food programs with Thanksgiving meal fixings in November. For more than 20 years, Silver Key has invited the community to help us make the holidays special for the seniors we serve and this year is no different. Our goal is to fill 1,000 bags with all the trimmings for a memorable Thanksgiving meal for the seniors and their families. When you are shopping for your family, add a few items to your bag for seniors in need.

Items needed are:
Cranberry Sauce: Whole Berry or Jellied, 14 or 16 oz. cans
No Bake box desserts: JELL-O OR store brand 21.4 oz. box
Instant Mashed Potatoes: either 3.3 to 4.1 oz. pouches, or 6.6 to 7.2 oz. boxes
Turkey Gravy Dry-Mix: 0.87 (7/8) oz. packets
Yams / Sweet Potatoes: 29 oz. cans
Green Beans: 14.5 oz. cans
Stuffing / Dressing: Turkey, Herbed, or Seasoned, 6 oz. boxes

Donations can be dropped off at Silver Key at 2250 Bott Avenue, Colorado Springs, CO 80904, Monday through Saturday, between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. until Nov 2. For more information about the Bountiful Bags project please go to www.silverkey.org or call Lorri Orwig at (719) 884-2313 or email her at lorwig@silverkey.org.
Mon. 10/05/15
Colorado Springs School District 11 Wins Certificate of Excellence Award
Colorado Springs Dist. 11 - 10/05/15 2:11 PM
For 26 consecutive years, Colorado Springs School District 11 has received the Association of School Business Officials (ASBO) International's Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting award for having met or exceeded the program's high standards for financial reporting and accountability.

District 11 was recognized for its Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for the fiscal year ending 2014. Sponsored by VALIC, the Certificate of Excellence (COE) award confirms the school business office's commitment to financial accountability and transparency. For more information about the COE award, visit asbointl.org/COE.
Wed. 09/30/15
Silver Key's New Kitchen is Open!
Silver Key Senior Services - 09/30/15 10:33 AM
Ribbon Cutting

Please join us for a celebration of the completion of Silver Key's new commercial kitchen.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Ribbon cutting at 4:00 p.m.
Tours immediately following
1655 S. Murray (South end of East building)
Tue. 09/29/15
Centennial Elementary School Named 2015 Blue Ribbon School (Photo)
Harrison Dist. 2 - 09/29/15 9:32 AM
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today recognized Centennial Elementary School in Harrison School District Two as a National Blue Ribbon School for 2015 based on progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups. This school demonstrates that all students can achieve to high levels.

The Department will honor 285 public and 50 private schools at a recognition ceremony on Nov. 9-10 in Washington, D.C. In its 33-year history, the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program has bestowed this coveted award on more than 8,000 of America's schools.

Attached Media Files: 2015-09/1351/88209/2015_CentennialBlueRibbonSchool_1.pdf , 2015-09/1351/88209/09082015_CES_BRShoot_019_edit.jpg
Mon. 09/28/15
Silver Key in Need of Used Medical Equipment
Silver Key Senior Services - 09/28/15 10:08 AM
September 28, 2015, Colorado Springs, CO -Silver Key is currently in need of used durable medical equipment (DME) in good condition. Donations of used DME can be dropped off at our Silver & Such thrift store at our Bott Avenue location.

Durable medical goods such as wheel chairs with legs, walkers, canes, shower seats, and transfer benches are all in high demand and short supply. Silver Key is able to refurbish and sell these popular items for one-third the cost of a typical retail store and all money raised goes directly to support Silver Key programs. There is no age limit for store purchases.

Our store hours are Monday - Saturday from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. For more information on donations please contact Cindy at 719 884-2361. For more information about Silver Key Senior Services please contact Lorri Orwig at 719 884-2313 or email her at lorwig@silverkey.org.
Thu. 09/24/15
Audubon Elementary School Beautification Project
Colorado Springs Dist. 11 - 09/24/15 9:08 AM
Audubon PTA, Ascension Lutheran, and Highland Park Baptist Church will be working hand-in-hand to beautify the Audubon building and campus on Saturday, September 26, from 9:00 a.m. to noon. The media is invited to attend this event.
Wed. 09/23/15
Two District 2 Teachers Receive Math Teaching Award (Photo)
Harrison Dist. 2 - 09/23/15 10:44 AM
Veronica Layman Photo
Veronica Layman Photo
Good things keep adding up in District 2!

As the need for STEM experts grows in Colorado Springs, two Harrison School District 2 teachers will be recognized tomorrow for their achievements in math education.

Angela Outlaw from Pikes Peak Elementary School and Veronica Layman, Fox Meadow Middle School, have been selected as recipients of the Colorado Council of Teachers of Mathematics (CCTM) Mathematics Teaching Award for 2015.

Attached Media Files: Press Release , Veronica Layman Photo , Angela Outlaw Photo
Tue. 09/22/15
School District 11 Board of Education Meeting
Colorado Springs Dist. 11 - 09/22/15 11:42 AM
The Colorado Springs School District 11 Board of Education will have a board meeting on Wednesday, September 23, 2015, 6:30 p.m. The consent/action items on this agenda include:
Contract Awards: Lease to Purchase District Optical Network System Equipment Replacement
Resolution 2016-6: October - Conflict Resolution Month
Resolution 2016-7: National School Lunch Week, October 12-16, 2015

To view the agenda, go to the Board of Education webpage, hover over meetings, and select BoardDocs Public Site. The September 23 agenda is featured.
Media Alert: Russell Middle School to Hold Raider Dedication Ceremony
Colorado Springs Dist. 11 - 09/22/15 11:26 AM
Colorado Springs School District 11's Russell Middle School, 3825 Montebello Dr., will hold a Raider Dedication Thursday, September 24, 2015 from 4:15 to 5:15 p.m., in front of the building. This celebration is being held to welcome the former Pike Elementary Pirate statue that will be re-dedicated as the Russell Middle School Raider. The media is invited to attend this event.
Mon. 09/21/15
Peace Run Visits The Colorado Springs School
The Colorado Springs School - 09/21/15 12:14 PM
The Peace Run will visit The Colorado Springs School at 21 Broadmoor Avenue on Tuesday, September 22, 2015. Students in Kindergarten - 5th grade have been discussing important themes such as friendship and peace and this program will underscore students' experiences.

The Sri Chinmoy Oneness-Home Peace Run is a global relay that seeks to promote international friendship and understanding. Since its inception in 1987 the Run has traversed over 100 nations and touched the lives of millions of people. The Peace Run does not seek to raise money or highlight any political cause, but simply strives to create goodwill among peoples of all nations.

Schedule of Events
1:45-1:55 p.m. Children will walk through the foyer where we will
have hung art they have created on the theme of world friendship and

1:55-2:00 Children settled in the Louisa Performing Arts Center

2:00-2:20 Peace Run program and presentation of the Al Oerter Award to a student
Cathy Oerter will present the Al Oerter Award to one CSS student. Faculty/staff of the school has nominated a student who has good grades, offers community service and is both an athlete and artist. Al Oerter was one of the most esteemed Olympians and his integrity and commitment have inspired countless individuals.

2:20--2:35 Children will present peace poems

2:35-2:40 Transition to the Quad (our outside grassy area or if
the weather is poor we will do this in the gym - Louise Honnen Tutt Field House)

2:40-2:55 Passing of the Torch

By passing the torch from one person to the next, the relay offers people from many nations the opportunity to express their hopes and dreams for a better, brighter future. People from all walks of life hold the symbolic torch to wish for a peaceful world. Passing the torch from one person to the next unites us together in our common aspiration to offer something positive to our world - together we can make a difference!

Visit http://www.peacerun.org/ to learn more about this program.

CSS offers an experiential educational curriculum for PreKindergarten - 12th graders. Through superior academics and mentoring, The Colorado Springs School prepares students to think independently and to meet the needs of a dynamic world with leadership, ingenuity, problem-solving skills, and personal integrity. Learn more at www.css.org or visit us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TheColoradoSpringsSchool
Wed. 09/16/15
Cheyenne Mountain holds emergency response exercise
Peterson Air Force Base - 09/16/15 1:30 PM
CHEYENNE MOUNTAIN AIR FORCE STATION, Colo. -- The Cheyenne Mountain AFS fire department and security forces squadron will conduct a motor vehicle accident exercise on NORAD Road Sept. 17, similar to an exercise conducted Sept. 15. The exercises allow first responders to practice tasks and capabilities provided under mutual aid agreements with state, county and city first responders, including Broadmoor Bluffs (Colorado Springs fire station 16) and Fort Carson areas. These exercises strengthen strategic partnerships and enhance readiness across the entire community. The exercise will simulate a crash on a narrow road with blind curves.

Area residents should be aware and use caution during their authorized use of NORAD Road. Slower speeds and respect for traffic control measures are necessary to ensure the safety of the emergency crews.
Tue. 09/15/15
Welcome Ceremony to Kick Off Schriever Week
Schriever Air Force Base - 09/15/15 3:01 PM
SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Team Schriever will recognize its 30-year anniversary as an Air Force installation with a flight formation to accompany reveille at 9 a.m. Monday, Sept. 21, 2015 on the base track and field.

The ceremony is the first in a week-long schedule of events to honor Schriever AFB history and recognize its daily contributions in the space and cyber domains.

"We are excited to take this time to celebrate our heritage and the positive impact our people continue to make in operations around the world," said Col. DeAnna Burt, 50th Space Wing and installation commander. "We have several events scheduled to highlight our military traditions and the civilian partnerships that are critical to our mission success."

Schriever Week events include a round robin softball tournament, the Schriever Rough and Tough Scramble (obstacle course), a Chiefs versus Eagles volleyball game, a dodge ball tournament and will conclude with the Chiefs Barbecue.

"Schriever Week is really about celebrating our history, our accomplishments and a time to appreciate each other, military, civilian and contractors, of what we do and recharge." said Master Sgt. Andrew Miguelgorry, Schriever Week project officer.
Peterson remembers prisoners, missing in action
Peterson Air Force Base - 09/15/15 6:00 AM
The Peterson Air Force Base community will remember those missing in action and held prisoner of war during a week-long series of events here.

Events include a flag raising ceremony, a retreat ceremony and a 24-hour run. The week culminates with a remembrance ceremony at 9 a.m. Sept. 18 at the base chapel. The guest speaker is retired Col. P.K. Robinson. Robinson was an Air Force pilot who was shot down over Vietnam, held as a prisoner of war for 270 days, and released during Operation Homecoming March 28, 1973. During the Vietnam War, he flew 387 combat missions during two tours.
Mon. 09/14/15
Wing commander holds state of wing address
Peterson Air Force Base - 09/14/15 10:02 AM
The 21st Space Wing commander will hold a state of the wing address at 3 p.m. Sept. 17 at The Club.

Col. Douglas Schiess, 21st Space Wing commander, will present the wing's mission, discuss the wing's impact and partnership with the local community, and his outlook for his command.

Schiess will also present the Peterson AFB Community Partnership Initiative, new opportunities where the base and civilian community can partner and create positive benefits to all parties though shared resources and activities. The CPI has yielded four prospective partnerships that will cut costs and increase efficiencies.

The event will culminate with a windshield tour of the base.
Sat. 09/12/15
Air Force Academy to support Fort Carson recovery efforts
US Air Force Academy - 09/12/15 4:30 PM
U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. - The Air Force Academy will be supporting Ft. Carson's recovery efforts of their UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter today. The UH-60 made a hard landing in a remote part of Douglas County on the 3rd of September.
Army and Air Force members are working together in transferring pieces of the aircraft after completion of the Army's investigation. A CH-47 Chinook helicopter will be flying across the region today.
There were two soldiers injured in the accident.
There will be no impact on pre-game activities or traffic into or out of the Academy.
Fri. 09/11/15
Donations Needed for Local Career and Technical High School
Harrison Dist. 2 - 09/11/15 8:52 AM
HSD2 launches additional Career Readiness High School Program and the community can support this effort by donating construction supplies, auto parts and old automobiles.

Attached Media Files: 2015-09/1351/87753/2015_CRA_Supplies_Request.doc
Hundreds of D2 Dads Join Millions More Next Week
Harrison Dist. 2 - 09/11/15 8:27 AM
See Attached News Release for the Million Father March

Attached Media Files: Million Father March 2015
Thu. 09/10/15
Growth in Nutrition Programs Means Increased Need for Volunteers
Silver Key Senior Services - 09/10/15 10:25 AM
Silver Key Senior Services is in need of volunteers in all nutrition programs because of the addition of the Golden Circle Nutrition program and expansion of the Meals on Wheels delivery area.

Since 1971, Silver Key Senior Services has been administering the Meals on Wheels program, serving Colorado Springs' metro seniors ages 60 and older. Volunteers not only deliver the meals but also visit with the seniors, offering companionship and reducing isolation that so many seniors feel. These visits provide emotional health for a senior, and serve as an informal "wellness check". Delivery routes are available in various parts of the city and require a time commitment of just a few hours per week.

The Golden Circle Nutrition Program is a congregate meal program where seniors come together on a daily basis and share a meal. Silver Key staff and volunteers make the food which is then delivered to a variety of locations in the greater Colorado Springs area. Volunteers are needed to check seniors in at the sites and provide support at the locations. These opportunities also require a time commitment of just a few hours per week.

For more information about volunteering for either Meals on Wheels or Golden Circle Nutrition please contact Linda Arguello at 719 884-2319 or email her at larguello@silverkey.org. For more information about Silver Key Senior Services please contact Lorri Orwig at lorwig@silverkey.org or 719 884-2313.