More Pikes Peak Parent Articles

  • Great Fruitcake Toss returns to Manitou Springs

    BY STEPHANIE EARLS stephanie.earls@gazette.com -
    Published: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    Noon-3 p.m. Saturday, Memorial Park, 502 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs; free, with suggested nonperishable food item donation; fruitcake toss@gmail.com or Manitou Springs Great Fruitcake Toss on Facebook Fruitcakes the world over shed candied tears of joy this month when it was...

  • For the love of reading: Two unique libraries open for elementary students

    Debbie Kelley
    Updated: 12 hr ago

    Widefield School District 3 has opened two unique libraries at two elementary schools. The Kingdom of Reading room opened Jan. 22 at Talbott Elementary, 401 Dean Drive. The kid-friendly space is designed to provide a welcoming and magical environment where children can read books...

  • Girls' STEM initiative launches program for local middle school students

    Debbie Kelley
    Updated: 13 hr ago

    The Southern Colorado Girls’ STEM Initiative has launched a STEM program at Panorama Middle School in Harrison School District 2. The goal: to teach female students about careers and opportunities in science, technology, engineering and math fields and help meet the growing demand for...

  • Colorado considers background checks for youth sports leagues

    By Kristen Wyatt, Associated Press
    Yesterday

    DENVER — Colorado is considering becoming the first state to require background checks for people who work for youth sports organizations. Bill supporters argue that hairdressers and child care workers need criminal background checks, but not people going on overnight trips with...

  • Looking for a winter hobby? Learning to knit can be easy

    The Associated Press -
    Published: Mon, Jan 26, 2015

    When you're stuck inside during a long, cold winter, working on a knitting project can be fun and rewarding. And although sweaters and lacy shawls can seem daunting, knitting is a fairly easy hobby to adopt. Brand-new knitters have plenty of resources. Yarn stores and crafts retailers...

  • School Choice: Winners and losers in the battle for students in Pikes Peak region

    By DEBBIE KELLEY debbie.kelley@gazette.com -
    Updated: Sun, Jan 25, 2015

    It's all about the fit. J.D. Elvrum needed to do school work at his own pace and be able to travel with his family, so he moved from a traditional school to an online school. Devon Klingman wanted to be around lots of students and more clubs, activities and academic choices, so she...

  • New program dishes up Colorado Springs students' meals

    By DEBBIE KELLEY debbie.kelley@gazette.com -
    Updated: Thu, Jan 22, 2015

    One of the Pikes Peak region's most impoverished school districts leads the state in the number of students eating free meals through a federal program that started last fall. Harrison School District 2, in which nearly three-quarters of its 11,441 students come from low-income...

  • Program will help area families prepare tax returns for free

    By DEBBIE KELLEY debbie.kelley@gazette.com -
    Updated: Thu, Jan 22, 2015

    Starting Saturday, low- to moderate-income families can get free tax return preparation assistance through the Tax Help Colorado program. Pikes Peak Community College is working with the Denver-based Piton Foundation to provide the service. IRS-certified PPCC students will prepare...

  • Olympians help spread fencing exposure to area elementary teachers, students

    By JOE PAISLEY joe.paisley@gazette.com -
    Updated: Thu, Jan 22, 2015

    Youth interest in fencing has grown in recent years. Fencer Tim Morehouse is helping make sure it never slows. The two-time Olympian, who took home a 2012 silver medal in team fencing, and fellow national team member Jeff Spear launched the first fencing program for Colorado Springs...

  • Girl, 4, dies after falling through ice on northern Colorado pond

    Associated Press
    Updated: Thu, Jan 22, 2015

    LOVELAND — Authorities say a 4-year-old girl is dead after she fell into an icy pond at a Loveland park. Police say the girl, whose name has not been released, was at the Loveland Sports Park with her family for soccer practice Wednesday evening. She was supposed to stay at a nearby...

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