On the last day before winter break, three Peiffer Elementary fourth-graders scrambled to clear the school’s Christmas tree of its presents.
It was not a re-enactment of Dr. Seuss’ story about the Grinch. To the contrary, the tree was simply meant as a gathering place, somewhere where the more than 300 stuffed animals donated by students could stay until they were shipped off to kids in need across the world.
The presents were part a drive sponsored by Loving Hugs Inc., a new nonprofit started by a South Jeffco resident in an effort to help children worldwide.
Taxes, or the rejection thereof, liquor stores that look like cathedrals, new contracts, retirements and memorials.
That was 2007, in the most concise list possible.
But those who experienced the many stories might remember each in somewhat less simple terms. It might be saying too much — or maybe coming off too grandiose — to say that the stories and events define the community. However, it comes across as an elegant fact that the reason some stories stand above others is because of how much they matter to each community stakeholder.
Ask anyone who had the good fortune to work with former Evergreen Newspapers publisher Brad Bradberry about their old boss, and they’ll tell you about the best boss they ever had.
“He always had faith in his employees,” says graphic designer Jeanne Ehmsen. “If you had a good idea, he’d let you run with it, and that’s pretty rare in this business. In a lot of ways, he was more like a father figure than a boss.”
Littleton Republican Congressman Tom Tancredo has made a name for himself on the national stage with his relentless pursuit of immigration reform, controversial statements and a presidential bid.
And while Tancredo’s name has practically become a household word, the names of those vying to replace him are not. Several area Republicans have tossed their hats in the ring to replace Tancredo — state Sen. Ted Harvey, Secretary of State Mike Coffman, Wil Armstrong and state Sen. Steve Ward — and all could face off in next fall’s primary.
The subject of immigration often sparks debate — so much so that people often forget the value a naturalized citizen brings to the country.
But a new display in Arapahoe Community College’s atrium has been installed to remind the community of the people who have chosen to call the Littleton area home. Part of the Milestones Project, ACC’s exhibit, “Littleton: My International Home Sweet Home,” highlights some of the immigrants who add culture and value through their community contributions.
The lunchroom erupted in cheers as seventh-grader Grant Stavrakas finished belting out “Proud Mary.”
And the cheers didn’t come simply because someone of Grant’s age could hit every note just like John Fogerty did in Creedence Clearwater Revival’s 1969 recording. It was also because Grant presided over the room with the flair of a rock ’n’ roll front man. He even brought a quartet of backup dancers.
“It’s like he is a completely different person when he steps up there,” said Patrick Santos, his principal.
Ute Meadows Elementary is about 2,300 miles away from Colonial Williamsburg in Virginia. But that doesn’t prevent fifth-graders from taking field trips to the historic city.
All it requires is a good Internet connection and a willingness to learn.
The Ute Meadows students are among the first in Jeffco Public Schools to experience the Electronic Field Trip Series, a subscription-based interactive educational program available to educators through the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation and broadcast through PBS.