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Debbie Kelley

Education Reporter

Debbie Kelley has written about nearly every topic at The Gazette, from religion and business to the energy industry, health care and home and garden. She currently specializes in education issues.

Tibetan Monks are spending the week at the Unity Church in the Rockies as a part of the Sacred Art Tour. They are creating a sand mandala by applying millions of grains of colored sand by hand. On Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017, they were preparing a community dinner of momos or dumplings. In keeping with the Buddhist teachings of impermanence, the Mandala will be swept up in a ceremony of dissolution on Saturday, returning the sand to the wind. The public is invited to watch the creation of the mandala Thursday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette
Marijuana Holiday
A woman smokes marijuana during the annual 4/20 marijuana gathering at Civic Center Park in downtown Denver, Wednesday, April 20, 2016. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)
Fourth-grader Mark Ardrey kneeds bread dough during a learn-to-bake bread workshop sponsored by King Authur Flour Friday, Sept. 11, 2015, at Explorer Elementary School in Colorado Springs. The fourth and fifth graders learned about the science, math and technology of baking while learning how to make bread, pizza dough and cinnamon rolls. Each student took home a kit to make two loaves of bread, one for their family and one bring back to school to be donated to Crossfire Ministries. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Colorado Succeeds judge Kellie Lauth interviews fifth-grader Martin Martinez while visiting Sarah Singletary's class Friday, Sept. 15, 2107, at Bristol Elementary School. Judges spent the day at the Colorado Springs elementary school because it's finalist for a new award given by Colorado Succeeds. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Screenshot of Pikes Peak Community College's online-only publication called The Paper.
A B-25 Mitchell, front, and a Republic P-47D Thunderbolt fly over northern El Paso County with 14, 115-foot Pikes Peak in the background as the warbirds fly to Denver to promote the Pikes Peak Regional Airshow Sept. 23 and Sept. 24 at the Colorado Springs Airport. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Students walk on the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs campus Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014 during their first week of the fall semester. Enrollment at the Colorado Springs university has increased 40 percent over the last decade to 11,199. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
FILE - Students walk on the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs campus Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014 during their first week of the fall semester. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
The renovated Tutt Library Monday, Aug. 28, 2017, on the first day of school at Colorado College.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
The renovated Tutt Library Monday, Aug. 28, 2017, on the first day of school at Colorado College. Colorado College is back on top as the best innovative liberal arts school in the nation. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
checking hair for lice
(AP stock photo)