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Debbie Kelley

Education Reporter

  • Fifth-grader's Black Forest fire experience shared in book one year later

    Updated: Wed, Jun 11, 2014

    "Now just to warn you, this story is sad," 11-year-old Aspyn Metzger writes in the beginning of her book, "The Time I Saw a Fire." "The fire burned down my heart like it burned down our house," she continues. In her own words and drawings, Aspyn tells her experience of the Black...

  • Alternative education supporter, Proprius, to hold open house

    Published: Mon, Jun 9, 2014

    An open house for Proprius Learning Center, 724 N. Cedar St., will be held 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesday. Information sessions will be at 12:30 p.m., 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. The nonprofit teen community center operates on a membership basis to help adolescents who want an alternative to...

  • Students affected by Black Forest fire preparing for emergencies

    Updated: Sun, Jun 8, 2014

    Imagine the first fire drill of the 2013-14 school year at an elementary school that nearly burned in last summer's Black Forest fire. Teachers and other staff members at Edith Wolford Elementary School were dreading it. The homes of 55 students were among the 488 lost in the fire....

  • Family hopes 'savior' sibling could cure Colorado Springs boy

    Updated: Thu, Jun 5, 2014

    A mother and father hope generous donors, a surrogate mother and a yet-to-be conceived sibling's umbilical cord blood could stop the leukemia threatening the life of an 11-year-old Colorado Springs boy. A long journey to save the life of their youngest son has led Mike and Lori Knar...

  • Weekly coloring contest for kids kicks off

    Updated: Thu, Jun 5, 2014

    In conjunction with a “free movies on the big screen series,” The Promenade Shops at Briargate is holding a weekly coloring contest for kids in two categories, ages 6 and under, and ages 7-10. Winners receive a $5 gift card to the outdoor mall and get their artwork featured...

  • Fort Carson Head Start fundraising underway

    Updated: Wed, Jun 4, 2014

    The local agency that operates Head Start preschool programs for low-income families wants to whittle down a waiting list of 50 kids who live on Fort Carson. Community Partnership for Child Development hopes to open a second preschool classroom on the Army base in the fall for...

  • School's poster contest a positive focus after Black Forest fire

    Published: Wed, Jun 4, 2014

    The forest is healing from its scrapes and bruises, and so are its playmates, the children. Instead of tall black sticks and empty land, students at Edith Wolford Elementary School see trees with green branches, rainbows in the sky and puppies watering flowers. With the June 11...

  • Three new scholarships available for graduating seniors interested in energy careers

    Published: Tue, Jun 3, 2014

    Graduating high school seniors interested in energy professions can apply for three new college scholarships totaling $15,000. The Colorado NEED (National Energy Education Development Project) Energy Scholarships will be awarded at the inaugural Colorado Energy Expo on June 27. The...

  • Woodland Park launches environmental education program for K-5 students

    Updated: Tue, Jun 3, 2014

    Move over, books and computers. Collecting bugs, playing in the dirt and picking up rocks will be part of the schoolwork for all 1,100 elementary students in Woodland Park School District RE-2 starting in the fall. A new and unique outdoor science program, Elevate Environmental...

  • Pikes Peak region school budgets show signs of slow recovery

    Updated: Mon, Jun 2, 2014

    Healing - but still facing a long road to recovery - is how local school officials describe proposed 2014-2015 budgets, which school boards will be reviewing and revising in upcoming weeks. "We're not going to get well in one year," Glenn Gustafson, deputy superintendent and chief...

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