Highlands Ranch news in a hurry


Host families sought

Up With People is seeking host families to house students, ages 18-29, from Jan. 10-Feb. 10 in the Highlands Ranch area. All families will be required to provide a bed, breakfast, dinner, and transportation for the students to Civic Green Park each morning where a bus will pick them up and take them to the day’s activities.

The global education nonprofit organization travels the world for six months at a time providing community service and performing musical shows in each city they visit. A typical crew consists of 100 students representing 20 different countries.

While in the area this winter, students will be learning their new show and providing community service throughout the area. All host families will get free tickets to see the show performed for the first time on Feb. 8 at the Pinnacle Theatre in Thornton.

If interested in being a host family, please contact Grant Hamilton at 720-260-5823 or grant.upwithpeople@gmail.com.

School psychologist recognized

Dr. Peter Thompson, school psychologist at Rocky Heights Middle School and the district’s lead school psychologist for three years, has been named the Colorado School Psychologist of the Year by the Colorado Society of School Psychologists.

“I can say that Dr. Thompson is more than just a school psychologist,” said RHMS principal Mike Loitz. “He is a vital member of the RHMS family. Parents, students and staff alike turn to him for guidance and advice in a myriad of areas. All of Rocky Heights Middle School would like to congratulate Dr. Thompson on an honor well deserved and long overdue.”

Thompson, an active member of the Colorado Traumatic Brain Injury Network steering committee, also works closely with state agencies and organization that serve families impacted by brain injuries. He has been the Traumatic Brain Injury Coordinator for the Douglas County School District for nine years.

Trotting on Turkey Day

In an effort to support a healthy economy, a healthy community and healthy individuals, the Highlands Ranch Chamber of Commerce will host the 10th annual Turkey Day 5K at 9 a.m. Nov. 28, at Redstone Park, 3280 Redstone Park Circle.

The race, which is the chamber’s biggest annual fundraiser, will once again benefit the Colorado National Guard Foundation. The foundation, which assists families of deployed soldiers that are in need, has been a benefactor since year one.

Early-bird registration for the race is open through Nov. 19. The cost for all classifications jumps $10 during pre-registration Nov. 20-26 and jumps again Nov. 28. Race-day registration and bib/T-shirt pickup is from 7:30-8:30 a.m. and the races begin at 9 a.m. sharp. The top three male and female finishers in all 10 age brackets will be awarded prizes. Leashed dogs and baby joggers are welcome, but are asked to line up at the back to not interfere with other runners. No cyclists are allowed.

The 2103 Turkey Day 5K is sponsored by Developmental Pathways, Sky Ridge Medical Center and Colorado Community Media. For more information or to register online, please visit www.highlandsranchchamber.org/td5k or call 303-791-3500.

Longtime DRC member resigns

Jennifer Tool-Holladay has announced her resignation from the Highlands Ranch Community Association’s Developmental Review Committee after 13 years of service, most of which was spent in a leadership role, including recently the role of vice chair.

“Jennifer is one of the most tenured members of the DRC,” said Chairman Woody Bryant. “Her knowledge and foresight when reviewing applicant designs is invaluable and her absence will leave a void that will be very difficult to fill. ... Jennifer was, not surprisingly, promoted at her company, Performance Food Service, and her new role interferes with her ability to attend our monthly meetings.”

Carole Schumacher, who has volunteered with the HRCA in various roles and capacities for years, was elected as interim vice chair at the Nov. 6 DRC meeting. The DRC is currently accepting applications for the seat vacated by Tool-Holladay. To apply, please visit www.hrcaonline.org/HRCAInfo/Leadership/Committees.aspx


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