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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.

The home of Tim and Mindy Emick was one of 23 that burned in the Mile Marker 117 fire. Students from Divine Redeemer Catholic School donated water and snacks to help vicitims as well as firefighters and first responders. Photo by Tim Emick.
DEAF AND BLIND SCHOOL
Jones Hall at the Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind campus is shown during a renovation project in this 2017 Gazette file photo by Dougal Brownlie.
School Gun Protests Columbine
FILE - In this March 14, 2018, file photograph, an orange ribbons adorns a fence after it was tied there by a student during a walkout to protest gun violence on the soccer field behind Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo. Students at high schools across the country are expected to walk out of classes Friday, the 19th anniversary of the Columbine shooting, in their latest push for gun control. But they won’t be protesting at the Colorado school where the violence took place. (AP Phoot/David Zalubowski, File)
Oscar Santiago, 17, covers himself with a Puerto Rico flag while dancing with other students Thursday, April 19, 2018, during a multicultural celebration at Mitchell High School. Santiago was born in Puerto Rico and moved to Colorado Springs with his family when his father joined the service to give them a better life. Students sampled different foods and culture prepared by other students. More than 20 countries were represented. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Students study outside the third-floor cafe in the renovated Tutt Library at Colorado College on the first day of classes Monday, Aug. 29, 2017.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Students study outside the third-floor cafe in the renovated Tutt Library at Colorado College on the first day of classes Monday, Aug. 29, 2017. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
The 117 fire burned 280 acres of open field on the west side of Hanover Junior-Senior High School and came within 50 feet of the school building. Photos provided by Hanover Superintendent Grant Schmidt.