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Silver Key Needs Meals on Wheels Volunteers
Silver Key Senior Services - 08/27/14
August 27, 2014, Colorado Springs, CO - If you are looking for a volunteer opportunity, enjoy working with food, but you don't want to deliver meals, Silver Key Senior Services is in need of kitchen volunteers for our Meals on Wheels program. These volunteers will work on the food line in the Meals on Wheels kitchen, packaging the meals for other volunteers to deliver.

Since 1971, Silver Key Senior Services has been administering the Meals on Wheels program, serving Colorado Springs' metro seniors ages 60 and older. Volunteers are vital to the success of Meals on Wheels, not only in the preparation and packaging of the meals but also in the delivery. Volunteers are always in need to ensure the food arrives at the correct destination. These deliveries provide companionship for a senior and serve as an informal "wellness check".

For more information about volunteering for Meals on Wheels, please contact Linda Arguello at 719 884-2319 or email her at larguello@silverkey.org.
Media Alert: Midland International Elementary School to Receive Spirit of the Springs Award
Colorado Springs Dist. 11 - 08/27/14
Mayor Bach will present Colorado Springs School District 11's Midland International Elementary School with the Spirit of the Springs Award in recognition of their National, first-place ranking in online ST Math. The ceremony will be held in Midland's gymnasium, 2110 West Broadway Street, at 12:45 p.m. on Friday, August 29, 2014. The media is invited to attend this event.
School District 11 Board of Education Meeting
Colorado Springs Dist. 11 - 08/26/14
The Colorado Springs School District 11 Board of Education will have a board meeting on Wednesday, August 27, 2014, 6:30 p.m. The consent/action items on this agenda include:
* Resolution 2015-2: Authorization of Legislative Liaison
* Resolution 2015-3: Arts in Education Week

To view the agenda, go to the Board of Education webpage, hover over meetings, and select BoardDocs Public Site. The August 27 agenda is featured.
Centennial Elementary School Students Write Song for National Parks Service
Harrison Dist. 2 - 08/21/14
A group of students at Centennial Elementary School is traveling to Bent's Old Fort in La Junta, Colorado tomorrow (Friday 8/22) to tour the Fort, learn about its history, and more. They will collaborate as a group to write a song about their experiences for the National Parks Service. This song will likely be published on the Junior Rangers Volume 2 album, which will include songs from students about National Parks around the country. This opportunity has been given to Centennial students largely due to a program called Teacher Ranger Teacher, which connects teachers, the National Parks Service, and students interested in cultural heritage. Jeff Wolin, lead interpreter for Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument, Julissa Vega, instructional coordinator at Harrison School District 2, and Kim Noyes, principal at Centennial Elementary School have worked together to create this opportunity.

Please see attached document for more information.

Attached Media Files: 2014-08/1351/77088/2014_Centennial_Bents_Old_Fort.pdf
Peterson AFB to host STEM Rocks! event Aug. 23 10am-2pm
Peterson Air Force Base - 08/20/14
The 21st Space Wing is partnering with the National Security Space Institute and the Challenger Learning Center of Colorado to host STEM Rocks! for the third year in a row Aug. 23 from 10am-2pm for all DOD ID card holders and their families free of charge. Last year's event had more than 2,000 attendees.

The event is structured to be a hands-on approach to learning about STEM with several interactive exhibits. This year, the event will have 25 different agencies with exhibits such as rocket launchers, slime making, an explosive ordnance disposal robot, a flight simulator, solar telescopes and much more.

"The 21st Space Wing is proud to partner with the National Security Space Institute and other STEM leaders in the community to bring such an important piece of this country's future to military children. The mission of the 21st Space Wing requires a significant amount of Science Technology Engineering and Math professionals to be successful," said Col. John Shaw, 21st Space Wing commander. "We want to help make sure there will be plenty of talented young professionals in this country's future. By showing that STEM can be fun and exciting, hopefully more children will pursue educational opportunities in these fields."

For media interested in covering the event, please contact the 21st Space Wing Public Affairs Office at (719) 556-5185 by Aug. 22 at noon.
School District 11 Board of Education Work Session
Colorado Springs Dist. 11 - 08/18/14
The Colorado Springs School District 11 Board of Education and Superintendent would like to inform parents, staff, and community members about a school board work session on August 20, 2014. In this session, information regarding the Colorado Academic Standards and their connection to the Common Core and State Assessment testing will be shared. The public is invited to hear the information presented to the Board; however, as with all board work sessions, public comments will not be taken.

The work session is scheduled from 5:30-7 p.m. in the School District 11 Administration Building, 1115 N. El Paso St., Colorado Springs, CO. This work session will be televised on Comcast Channel 16, CenturyLink Channel 8004, and Falcon Broadband Channel 73.
Back to School Shopping at Silver Key
Silver Key Senior Services - 08/14/14
August 14, 2014, Colorado Springs, CO - If you will be outfitting a college dorm room or student apartment this Fall, think of doing your shopping at Silver Key's thrift store, Silver & Such. The shelves are stocked with all of the household items your student will need to fill their new home. Silver & Such is located inside Silver Key Senior Services at 2250 Bott Avenue. The store has an ever-changing inventory thanks to donations from all over the community.

Also think of Silver & Such if you are an empty-nester and are wondering what to do with those treasures your loved one left behind. We can always use those previously loved items discovered as you clean out the kids' rooms. Smaller scale furniture and household items are in high demand, as are clothing and shoes. In addition, durable medical goods such as wheel chairs, walkers, canes, and shower seats can be donated. All money raised in the store goes directly to support the services provided by Silver Key.

Our store hours are Monday - Saturday from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. For more information on donations please contact Cindy at 719 884-2350.
School District 11 Board of Education Meeting
Colorado Springs Dist. 11 - 08/12/14
The Colorado Springs School District 11 Board of Education will have a board meeting on Wednesday, August 13, 2014, 6:30 p.m. The consent/action items on this agenda include:
* Resolution 2015-1: Food Services Pricing Adjustments to Board Policy Exhibit JQ-E-1

To view the agenda, go to the Board of Education webpage, hover over meetings, and select BoardDocs Public Site. The August 13 agenda is featured.
School District 11 Recognized for 25 Years of Participation in the Certificate of Excellence Program
Colorado Springs Dist. 11 - 07/31/14
The Association of School Business Officials International (ASBO) is proud to congratulate Colorado Springs School District 11 for 25 years of participation in the Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting (COE) program. School District 11 is one of only four Colorado school districts to receive this prestigious recognition.

The Certificate of Excellence program supports and recognizes districts' high-quality financial reporting to the community through exceptional Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports (CAFRs). ASBO has awarded school districts the COE for 42 years, and is proud to recognize districts that have continued to meet the program's high standards.

As a recipient of the COE, District 11 has verified that credibility, confidence, and transparency are essential to demonstrate sound fiscal management and professional growth. For the fiscal year ending in 2013, District 11 received an award plaque and certificate for the twenty-fourth time.

Please visit ASBO's website for more information about ASBO's Certificate of Excellence program and to view the list of participants: www.asbointl.org/COE.
Peterson AFB to conduct live fire training today July 31
Peterson Air Force Base - 07/31/14
The Peterson Air Force Base fire department will conduct live fire training exercises today, Thursday, July 31, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the base fire training center located on the west side of the installation near Airport Road and Powers Boulevard.

This routine training is conducted periodically to ensure base emergency responders are prepared to handle a wide variety of emergencies on the installation and the airport. As part of a cooperative agreement, Peterson firefighters are the primary response agency for handling all aircraft and civilian airport emergencies. Those traveling the Powers corridor and living adjacent to the airport 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.