Debbie Kelley

Education Reporter

  • Grants available for classroom pets

    Published: Tue, Jan 6, 2015

    The Pets in the Classroom grant program is accepting applications from pre-kindergarten through eighth grade teachers, who work in public and private schools. The program is sponsored by the Pet Care Trust and provides money for teachers to buy and maintain small animals in their...

  • Colorado College student works to bring more reliable energy to his homeland

    Updated: Tue, Jan 6, 2015

    Just a few days into 2015, it looks like the new year will be history-making for Colorado College student Paul Miki Akpablie. The 21-year-old is nearing the realization of his lifelong dream to bring more reliable energy to his homeland, the Republic of Ghana in West Africa. "My...

  • Elk bones in Colorado Springs yard are art to some, 'gross' to others

    Updated: Fri, Dec 26, 2014

    Forget the blow-up Santa and snowman. The bones of a large elk in the front yard of a downtown Colorado Springs home draw looky-loos year-round. "It's free expression, part of all that free speech. It's pretty gross though," said Stephanie Caldwell, a neighbor. The residents who...

  • Tips for filling out the FAFSA, the free college financial aid application

    Updated: Wed, Dec 24, 2014

    Jan. 1 is approaching, and that means… time to fill out the FAFSA, the federal government’s free financial aid application for college-bound students. An estimated 21 million students will complete the FAFSA form, which asks for information about income, assets and family...

  • Deals for two Colorado Springs elementary schools fall through

    Updated: Wed, Dec 24, 2014

    The fate of two elementary school buildings Colorado Springs School District 11 closed in May 2013 is up in the air, after potential buyers recently terminated the contracts they had with the district. Agreements with Silver Key Senior Services and Penrose-St. Francis Health Services...

  • Area man among best music teachers in the country

    Updated: Wed, Dec 24, 2014

    It's not a bad life, being a middle school band director, says Michael Mozingo, who has taught at Lewis-Palmer Middle School for more than half of his 34-year career. "I get to hang out and work with wonderful students every day," he says. "That's what I do." Known by students as...

  • New Year predictions for higher education, following a challenging 2014

    Published: Tue, Dec 23, 2014

    Eduventures, a Boston research company that analyzes the forces transforming higher education, has released predictions for 2015. Tony Friscia, president and chief executive, said in a statement that 2014 was “a challenging year for higher education.” Enrollments fell for the third...

  • Increased drone use creates a buzz at Castle Rock shop

    Updated: Mon, Dec 22, 2014

    Castle Rock - The buzzing noise coming from Santa's sleigh as it flies over Colorado this week won't be the reindeer kicking into high gear. It will be from drones that Santa will deliver to good children and adults this year. Since the state's first store specializing in hobbyist...

  • Handcrafted brooms a labor of love for Victor couple

    Updated: Mon, Dec 22, 2014

    VICTOR - Sam and Karen Morrison aren't surprised the old-fashioned brooms they've made by hand for 26 years are still popular. The brooms seem to fly out of the Morrisons' store, the Victor Trading Co. and Manufacturing Works, as fast as the dust bunnies they shoo away. For starters,...

  • Check tire tread before hitting the slopes - it could save you from a ticket

    Updated: Mon, Dec 22, 2014

    Bald tires can get drivers more than a slide down an icy hill this winter. Fed up with traffic snarls on Interstate 70 during the ski season, the Colorado Department of Transportation is embarking on a new solution. "One of the biggest problems we've run into, and one of the...

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