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All Littleton Area School Districts Continue Remote Learning

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Here is the joint statement issued by the Superintendents of 14 school districts announcing that remote learning will continue through the end of the school year.  This includes the 3 school districts in the Littleton area: Jeffco Public Schools, Littleton Public Schools, and Douglas County Schools.

April 3, 2020

Dear Community Members,

As many of you know, upon becoming aware of the spread of COVID-19 in Colorado and the myriad concerns inherent, school superintendents took action several weeks ago to protect students, staff and the community. We have been working hard to provide leadership guidance to families throughout Colorado. As school superintendents, we consult and collaborate many times each day to share thinking and to problem solve as a regional group.

Two days ago, on April 1, Governor Polis announced extended closures of schools in Colorado through April 30, 2020. Over the past several weeks, we have spoken regularly and often to public health officials and state officials to better understand the timeline and path forward for the year, both with regard to COVID-19 and “traditional” school year expectations. We understand that there are no specific answers to exactly how and when we return to “life as normal” during this unprecedented health crisis. Given that, we must rely upon our best judgment and place safety above all else.

What is clear is that there will not be definitive, universal guidance to proceed as normal. Rather, there will be a gradual lifting of restrictions and a step-by-step return to normalcy. What we do know is that once the “Stay at Home” orders are lifted, we will continue to have restrictions on social distancing and the size of group gatherings for at least several weeks, if not months. Given the nature of a school environment (classrooms, passing periods, buses, playgrounds, etc.), these restrictions are not practical within the school setting. As such, there does not appear to be a viable way for us to convene traditional in-person learning this school year.

Collectively we believe and are making the decision, that in the best interest of the children, staff, and the communities that we serve, our schools will remain closed to in-person learning for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year.

A significant consideration in making this decision today is guidance from the respective health departments serving our districts. Many models currently show that the impact of COVID-19 is likely to peak in the last week of April. Even once COVID-19 reaches its peak in Colorado, we know that there will be an equivalent amount of time after the peak in which the virus continues to pose a significant threat. The continued safety and public health risk this presents for our students, staff, families, and communities move us to take the step of extended closure to in-person learning through the balance of the school year.

Additionally, providing a concrete direction now with regard to in-person learning for the duration of the school year allows us to focus our energy and attention to addressing questions and concerns, rather than ongoing uncertainty. It will also allow us, as school district leaders, to shift to a proactive stance in that we can begin to plan for completing the current year remotely, and returning to school in August when we are able to joyfully welcome our students, staff and families back into our buildings.

Making this decision was extremely difficult. We do believe, however, that this is the right decision given all of the information that we have received from health experts and state officials. Our teams have been hard at work developing quality remote learning opportunities for our students. Please know that the health and safety of our students, staff, and families is paramount. We believe that finishing this school year through remote learning is one of the most effective ways in which we can do our part to avoid exposing anyone to unnecessary risk.

Colorado Gives Day Is A Chance To Put Your Money Where Your Heart Is

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Today is the 10th anniversary of Colorado Gives Day.  Colorado Gives Day is a day to support local nonprofits. The $1.5 Million Incentive Fund increases the value of your donation. You can give directly to a non-profit or contribute to individual people’s campaigns who are raising funds for the causes that they care most about.

See all of the great organizations you can support in Littleton.

Visit the Colorado Gives Day website to find out more about this special day and support your community.

 

in Charity/Uncategorized

Today is Giving Tuesday.

According to the Giving Tuesday website, “GivingTuesday is a global generosity movement unleashing the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and the world on December 3, 2019 and every day.

It was created in 2012 as a simple idea: a day that encourages people to do good. Over the past seven years, this idea has grown into a global movement that inspires hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity.

One of the best ways to get involved is in your own community. We’ve created a directory to help you find organizations, events, and ways to give back in your own community.”

Here’s a list of Littleton Non-Profits on Charity Navigator for anyone looking to give today.

Colorado nonprofit seeks help for Bahamian animal shelter flooded by Hurricane Dorian

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LITTLETON, Colo. — More than 13,000 homes were destroyed and Grand Bahama International Airport is underwater after Hurricane Dorian hovered over the islands for two days.

OutPaws Rescue, an all-volunteer organization based in Littleton, said it’s monitoring the storm’s destruction very closely. That’s because a lot of the cats and dogs they save come from the Bahamas.

Since 2013, the nonprofit has brought close to 500 animals from the islands to Colorado.
Continue reading @9News.

TLC Meals on Wheels finds a new home: Las Delicias

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First, the good news: TLC Meals on Wheels has a new home.

TLC, a nonprofit that provides healthy meals, companionship and other services to seniors and homebound adults, finally landed a new headquarters, months after finding out they’d have to vacate the old Ames Elementary School in Centennial ahead of the building’s demolition.

The not-so-good news: That new home is the former location of Las Delicias, Littleton’s well-known Mexican restaurant, which closed abruptly in early July.

Continue reading @Englewood Herald.

9th annual Corey Rose Wishes and Heroes Benefit Concert is June 22

in Charity/Community/Fundraisers

Proceeds from the concert benefit Make-A-Wish Colorado and the Colorado Professional Firefighters Foundation.

LITTLETON, Colo. — The 9th annual Corey Rose Wishes and Heroes Benefit Concert will be held Saturday, June 22 at Breckenridge Brewery in Littleton.

9NEWS morning anchor Corey Rose started the concert fundraiser in honor of her father who passed away in 2010 from leukemia. He was a firefighter in Los Angeles, California for 32 years.

For more details on this event go to 9News.

Charity Auto Show Today To Benefit Colorado Fallen Hero Foundation

in Charity/Weekend Events

Do you have Pride In Your Ride? Then head on over to the Reel Factory, located at 10488 W. Centennial Road in Littleton, for their charity auto show benefitting the Colorado Fallen Hero Foundation. 

This is the 3rd year for this event which usually draws 50+ cars but they anticipate an even bigger turnout this year. All makes and models of cars are welcome. There is a $20 admission fee to the show with all of the proceeds going to the Colorado Fallen Hero Foundation. The charity is run by police officers for police officers and the organizers are extremely impressed by the integrity of charity and all of the great work that they do. Colorado Fallen Hero Foundation is the charity that people are asked to donate to when there is a line of duty death.  It’s free for spectators to attend the show but they are also welcome to donate if they’d like.

There is one Grand prize drawing for the first 20 cars that show up so get there early if you can. In addition, there will be raffles for car washes, automotive shops, Goldberg Brothers giveaway, Reel factory giveaway, Reel Performance giveaway, dog training, and a  52eighty distillery bottle giveaway.

The event would not be complete without some great food and live music. Tay’s Hot Dog Cart, Kona Ice Cream and Wing Wagon Grill will all be serving their delicious food today.

This is the first of many auto shows that are happening throughout the summer.

Future dates are:

  • June 29, 2019 10-2pm
  • July 27, 2019 10-2pm
  • August 31, 2019 10-2pm
  • September 28, 2019 10-2pm

Sponsors for the auto show are Goldberg Brothers, Behind The Scenes Taphouse, 52eighty Distilling, The Reel Factory, and the Colorado Fallen Hero Foundation.

 

LITTLETON ROTARY FOUNDATION CELEBRATES MILESTONE!

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After decades of giving tens of thousands of dollars to area charitable causes, the Rotary Club of Littleton, founded in 1922, is celebrating one of its most successful fund-raising efforts ever.
On Tuesday evening, March 19th, the club held a celebration dinner after raising $100,000 in December 2018. That effort was sparked by a $50,000 anonymous gift to the Littleton Rotary Foundation if club members matched that amount, which they did. This brought the Foundation fund balance in the Foundation to approximately $990,000.
At the celebration dinner at Pinehurst Country Club, Littleton Rotary Foundation President Paul Parish MC’d the event to include former Club President Belinda “B” Bianchi and the history of the Rotary Club of Littleton. Current Club President Bill White, whose efforts led to the anonymous $50,000 challenge grant, introduced the donor, and incoming Club President Steve Tautz talked about his vision for Rotary as the club approaches its 100th anniversary in 2022.
Continue reading @ Littleton Rotary website

Meals On Wheels Must Move And Needs Your Help

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Why is TLC MoW moving?

November of 2018, the Littleton Public Schools’ community voted to allows LPS to raise $298 million for capital projects, including: replacing aging schools with new construction, continued repair and upkeep of others, the creation of a Career and Technical Education and Innovation Center, and new furniture in LPS schools. The repurposed Ames Elementary School, where TLC Meals on Wheels is located, was chosen as one of the first schools to be replaced. Construction will begin in 2020.

We would like to thank Littleton Public Schools for supporting TLC Meals on Wheels for the past 9 years. Our partnership provided us the opportunity to grow and provide additional services due to the large amount of space and affordable rent. During our time at Ames Elementary Building we added a grocery program, pet food program, weekend frozen meal service, and were able to increase our number of meals served to the community by 75%; from 73,000 meals per year to 128,000!

Visit TLC MoW to learn more and see how you can help.

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