Debbie Kelley

Education Reporter

Debbie Kelley has covered nearly every subject at The Gazette, including news, religion, business, real estate, the energy industry, health care, nonprofits, fashion, home and garden and county government. Her career also has encompassed writing greeting cards, speeches, annual reports, and technical trade and magazine articles. Her two kids have taught her a lot about education and life in general, including this kernel of wisdom, “Mom, not everything is a lesson.”
  • Stuff the Bus school supply drive underway in Colorado Springs

    Updated: Thu, Jul 23, 2015

    Another long-time and large-scale local school supply drive kicked off this week. Christmas Unlimited's "Stuff the Bus Operation Back to School Supply Drive" will collect supplies until Aug. 7. Supplies may be dropped off at the five local Louie's Pizza restaurants and at any...

  • Locals do their part to help community as start of school begins in Colorado Springs

    Updated: Wed, Jul 22, 2015

    Crayons, markers, glue, notebooks and other school necessities don't seem like they should cost much, but when you add it up, school supplies can top $100. The price is even more for older students, who need items such as scientific calculators and flash drives. Parents who have...

  • Urban Peak hosts annual fundraiser breakfast Wednesday to benefit homeless youth

    Updated: Wed, Jul 22, 2015

    Urban Peak Colorado Springs, the region’s nonprofit serving homeless youth, is hosting its annual Off The Street breakfast fundraiser 7:30-8:30 a.m. Wednesday, under the Colorado Avenue Bridge just northeast of America the Beautiful Park. Youth from Urban Peak programs, which include...

  • Fountain-Fort Carson school district opens in-person registration Aug. 3

    Updated: Tue, Jul 21, 2015

    Schools in Fountain-Fort Carson School District 8 will hold on-site fall registration starting Aug. 3 for students who have not registered for the upcoming school year. All returning and new students must register, including kindergarten students who completed the intent to enroll...

  • Colorado Springs-headquartered trades school to receive nine VISTA workers

    Updated: Mon, Jul 20, 2015

    The Career Building Academy has received an AmeriCorps grant for $108,000 per year for three years to fund nine VISTA workers. They will be based at the Walsenburg campus and support all four Colorado campuses. Among their jobs, the VISTA members will help with long-range planning for...

  • National school choice group selects Colorado Springs mom as president

    Updated: Mon, Jul 20, 2015

    The board of PublicSchools.org, a national parent-led nonprofit organization that advocates for greater access and equitable funding for public school options, has named Tillie Elvrum of Colorado Springs as its president. Elvrum has worked in the education reform movement since 2005...

  • Annual Peace Camp has openings for 1st-8th graders

    Updated: Mon, Jul 20, 2015

    There are still spaces available for first through eighth grade students to participate in Peace Camp, which will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 27-31 at Broadmoor Community Church, 315 Lake Ave. A project of the Pikes Peak Justice and Peace Commission, this year’s theme will be...

  • Mitchell musicians from the decades gathering for concert in Colorado Springs

    Updated: Mon, Jul 20, 2015

    Although they graduated in different years, Mitchell High School alumni will assemble this weekend as one huge class beaming their mighty Marauder pride. "It's cool because we're bringing together 50 years' worth of singers and musicians connected by their love of music and passion...

  • Gazette travel: Not just for spring break: South Padre Island a great family getaway

    Updated: Sun, Jul 19, 2015

    South Padre Island off the tip of Texas is not a good vacation destination in March and the first half of April. Unless, of course, you are a college student. In that case, South Padre Island is the place to be. For decades, the small barrier island, flanked on the west by Laguna...

  • Some ammunition remains in short supply at Colorado Springs gun stores

    Updated: Sun, Jul 19, 2015

    The ammunition shortage of recent years has left its mark on the market. Finding .22 long rifle and some other caliber bullets remains hit and miss, according to local gun shop owners. "It's a tiny bit more plentiful, but not by enough to keep the shelves full every day," said Tracy...

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