Highlands Ranch News in a Hurry

Staff Report

Parks foundation gives back

For the first time in the Highlands Ranch Park and Recreation Foundation’s history, the nonprofit will participate in Colorado Gives Day, slated for Dec. 10. All donations made in the foundation’s name will support youth scholarships for recreation programs, trail improvements, sports field improvements, Highlands Ranch Mansion furnishings, flowers, landscaping and trees throughout Highlands Ranch parks, roadways and gardens and improvement of the community’s dog parks.

“This initiative will help raise awareness of the foundation and the great work we are doing in the Highlands Ranch community,” said Roy Mapp, foundation chair. “We hope our enthusiasm for Colorado Gives Day is contagious and people exceed our expectations with their generosity this year.”

Last year $15.7 million was donated to Colorado charities on Colorado Gives Day. Individuals interested in donating to the foundation can pre-schedule their Colorado Gives Day donation at www.hrpf.org and click the “donate now” button. To learn more about Colorado Gives Day, visit www.ColoradoGives.org.

Soles4Souls gets moving locally

Randy E. Johnson State Farm Insurance has announced that the company is partnering with Soles4Souls and utilizing its 8925 Ridgeline Blvd. office in Highlands Ranch as an official drop-off location. Experts estimate that approximately 300 million children worldwide live without shoes, and many of those are infected with soil-transmitted parasitic diseases such as hookworm as a result.

“We are encouraging the community to join us in giving back by dropping off any gently worn or new shoes to our office during business hours and we will ship the shoes to Soles4Souls. We are proud to be partnering with this organization doing so much here in the United States, as well as globally,” said Johnson.

For more information, visit www.Soles4Souls.org.

CenturyLink assists with ed grants

In partnership with the Public Education and Business Coalition and Colorado Mesa University, The CenturyLink Clarke M. Williams Foundation plans to award $145,000 in teachers and technology grants to teachers within the company’s service area. The grants will be awarded to teachers who have a strong desire to innovatively implement technology in their classrooms to increase student achievement.

Among other things, past grant recipients have used the funds to purchase 3D printers to use in design and engineering labs, as well as to purchase Jawbone Up bracelets for students to use during health science units to record sleep patterns, calorie intake and other health related patterns.

CenturyLink Teachers and Technology grants are limited to $5,000 per application, and applications are being accepted through Jan. 10, 2014. To learn more about the program or to apply for a grant, visit www.centurylink.com/home/aboutus/coloradoteachers.