Feds issue reminder: Test students or risk losing funding

By: CAROLYN THOMPSON, Associated Press

BUFFALO, N.Y. — The U.S. Education Department is not relenting on requirements to test students on math and language arts abilities, despite the end of No Child Left Behind, and it reminded some states that federal...

School districts spend big to lure students during choice week

By: DEBBIE KELLEY debbie.kelley@gazette.com

Many public school systems spend thousands of dollars each year to attract students. Money well spent, officials say.

"Marketing is an essential part of all school districts," said Samantha Briggs,...

Bedtime story collaboration between Colorado Springs parent and child turns into successful book

By: STEPHANIE EARLS stephanie.earls@gazette.com

"Once upon a time, there was a girl named .?"

"Crystal."

"OK. Once upon a time, Crystal was walking down the street pulling a wagon ."

"No, I want her riding a horse," spurred Dave Bettinger's...

Great Clips raises record-breaking $53,836 for Children’s Hospital Colorado

By: Monique McCoy, Children’s Hospital Colorado Foundation

NONPROFIT NEWS: With each snip of their shears, Great Clips stylists are giving local kids the gift of a healthier, happier future while giving their customers fresh new looks. Once again, Great Clips customers...

Colorado couples forgo traditional wedding ceremony, self solemnize their marriage

By: Jennifer Mulson jen.mulson@gazette.com

Michael Lascuola and his wife did it in their living room. Robin Tapp and her husband did it at the top of Wilkerson Pass and Jennifer Schafer and her husband did it in the forest outside Winter Park.

What...

Easy, needle-felted critters can make easy display items

By: JENNIFER FORKER The Associated Press

For making crafts, fast and easy always win. Adorable doesn't hurt, either.

Needle felting hits all three targets.

"It's got one of the least bumpy learning curves of anything I've ever seen," says...

AROUND TOWN: National Charity League a moms and daughters project

By: linda navarro linda.navarro@gazette.com

One of the most important - and most special - times together in their mother- daughter lives is how one mom described National Charity League.

It has been a tradition for more than 50 years in parts of the...

‘The people who stick around’: Mentors make a difference in lives of local youth by showing up

By: J. Daniel Cruz, Boys & Girls Club of the Pikes Peak Region

NONPROFIT NEWS: Boys & Girls Club of the Pikes Peak Region offers more than 30 national programs within five core areas: education and career development, character and leadership development, the arts, health and...