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Debbie Kelley

Education Reporter

  • Local middle school awarded for having a strong PTA-staff relationship

    Updated: Fri, Sep 5, 2014

    Jenkins Middle School in Colorado Springs School District 11 has been named a National PTA School of Excellence. The program recognizes partnerships between parent-teacher associations and schools to improve students’ educational experience and the school environment for every child....

  • New play field adds to the fun at Wolford Elementary

    Published: Fri, Sep 5, 2014

    The fun department keeps growing at Edith Wolford Elementary School. The school, which came close to being burned in the Black Forest fire in June 2013, got new playground equipment last school year. It now has a new play field. Over the summer, a dirt lot on the southwest side of...

  • Widefield's MLK elementary gets a much-needed $5 million makeover

    Updated: Thu, Sep 4, 2014

    Built in 1973, Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School in Widefield boasted a new model of school design that called for open classrooms. But that concept went by the wayside as it became apparent that openness meant noisiness, problems with heating and cooling, and lighting...

  • Colorado Springs company honored for its support of STEM education

    Updated: Thu, Sep 4, 2014

    A Colorado Springs-based defense contractor is one of seven companies across the state to be recognized for its leadership and financial contributions in helping develop science, technology, engineering and math fields, or STEM, for students. The Colorado Education Initiative...

  • Students at one local school still haven't started classes -- but they will on Thursday

    Updated: Wed, Sep 3, 2014

    Students at Corpus Christi Catholic School, 2410 N. Cascade Ave., got a longer summer break than other local kids, but it will be back to the books on Thursday. Classes start for the fall semester for the K-8 school with a half day on Thursday and a full day on Friday. Water damage...

  • Free McDonald's breakfast Wednesday to Colorado K-8th graders

    Updated: Wed, Sep 3, 2014

    Breakfast is on the house Wednesday for kindergartners through eighth-graders in Colorado. The house of Ronald McDonald, that is. McDonald's restaurants throughout the state will supply free breakfast to children under age 15 who are accompanied by a parent or guardian. The...

  • Poland honors UCCS English professor

    Updated: Tue, Sep 2, 2014

    "Dad would be proud." As he stood on stage during an academic conference in Warsaw, Poland, over the summer, Tom Napierkowski's thoughts turned to the man who cultivated his appreciation of his Polish-American culture and heritage: his late father. Those were the first words that...

  • Music program tailored to kids a sweet sound in Colorado Springs

    Updated: Mon, Sep 1, 2014

    There's piano or guitar lessons, and then there's Kids' Music Playground. It's like Grandma's broccoli-and-bean bake versus a Happy Meal. Music teacher extraordinaire Cheri Roggow came up with the idea and has been offering it in Colorado Springs for 10 years. The program, for...

  • Cripple Creek district, library board reach agreement; books to stay in high school

    Published: Thu, Aug 28, 2014

    After a summer of conflict that included preparing to pick up and move shop, the public library in Cripple Creek is staying put. At a monthly meeting Monday, the school board for Cripple Creek-Victor School District RE-1 gave final approval on a 20-year memorandum of understanding...

  • Death of man in Colorado Springs apartment appears to be accidental

    Updated: Tue, Aug 26, 2014

    The death of a 56-year-old man at an apartment complex for low-income residents appears to have been accidental, Colorado Springs Police said. Police from the Sand Creek substation responded to a call from Bentley Commons Apartments, near Hancock Parkway and Academy Boulevard, about...

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