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.”

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Homeschoolers can get discounts on computers, software

By: Debbie Kelley

Homeschool families are now able to acquire computers and software at the same wholesale pricing the nonprofit organization Notebooks for Students gives to traditional public schools.

The goal is have...

Volunteers to build new playground in Colorado Springs on Saturday

By: Debbie Kelley

More than 200 UnitedHealthcare employees and Colorado Springs residents will build a new playground at the El Pomar Boys & Girls Club, 805 Praderia Ave., on Saturday.
The new 2,400-square-foot playground...

School renovation project wins award

By: Debbie Kelley

The new community athletic field and renovated children’s playground at Gateway Elementary School in Woodland Park have been named one of 21 winners of the Colorado Lottery’s 2015 Starburst Award.

The annual...

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


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...

Urban Peak hosts annual fundraiser breakfast Wednesday to benefit homeless youth

By: Debbie Kelley

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...

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


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...

Colorado Springs-headquartered trades school to receive nine VISTA workers

By: Debbie Kelley

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....

National school choice group selects Colorado Springs mom as president

By: Debbie Kelley

The board of, 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...