Columbine graduate works to help rename highway for slain teacher

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A member of the Columbine High School class of 2000 plans to donate money from the sale of his artwork to help rename part of C-470 in honor of Dave Sanders, the teacher who was killed at the school in 1999.

Shortly after events commemorating the 20th anniversary of the tragedy, a resolution was passed by the Colorado House of Representatives and approved by Gov. Jared Polis to rename a seven-mile stretch of the highway in honor of Sanders.

The cost of renaming the highway, such as new signs, must come from donations.

Jared Gates was a junior at Columbine when the massacre happened. He said he always appreciated what he learned in high school, especially in Patti Nielsen’s jewelry-making class. Now some 20 years later, he uses those skills to craft sculptures and designs from metal.

In addition to creating columbine metal flowers for the memorial reunion, Gates has created Rebel Roses, in honor of Columbine’s mascot, and he will donate money from the sale of the roses.

To see the Rebel Roses and other artwork by Gates, go to www.wildsteelrose.com.

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