Beth Best, executive director LPSF, Mary McGlone -LPSF president, with students Isabel Rossman – options, Maddie Stouder – Littleton High School, Jonny Horton – Heritage High School, and Abigail Guadnola – Arapahoe High School, and Bob Colwell – LPSF treasurer and scholarship sponsor.
The Littleton Public Schools Foundation held its annual Spirit Celebration April 8 at the CU South Denver Campus, formerly known as the Wildlife Experience. With over 400 attendees, the event raised over $100,000 for the LPS Foundation to further its mission of providing funding for vital programs that currently cannot be covered within the school district’s already stretched budget. Programs such as STEM education for all middle school students, Playworks for all elementary students which promotes activity and inclusive play on playgrounds, and Science and Language Arts educational resources for high school students are just a few examples of the programs funded by the LPS Foundation.
In addition, Spirit Celebration attendees raised their paddles in support of The Legacy Fund for Mental Health which provides mental health interventions for students, staff and families across the district. Littleton Adventist Hospital offered a Challenge Grant which matched every dollar raised with .50 up to $50,000. The funds will be used to continue to make a significant impact in all LPS schools by providing parent workshops as well as professional development and training for staff.
A highlight of the evening was when Mary McGlone, LPS Foundation president and Bob Colwell, LPS Foundation treasurer awarded four graduating seniors with $1,000 scholarships. Sponsored by the Colwell family in memory of Karen Colwell a beloved and respected Heritage High School educator, these scholarship recipients were selected because they had a strong record of community service and will be pursuing a career in education.
Abigail Guadnola from Arapahoe High School, is a force to be reckoned with – her energy, passion and faith supply the drive needed to make a difference in the world around here. She mentors, sings, writes and is an accomplished photographer as well. This dedication will take her to Colorado Christian University next year where she plans to be just as involved there while she pursues her dream of becoming a high school social studies teacher.
Jonny Horton from Heritage High School, is a young man with his eye on the prize – whether that is through years of successful 4-H competition or his goal to be a teacher. His desire to be a teacher was confirmed in 8th grade and he has planned accordingly ever since. Jonny will attend the University of Northern Colorado next year where he hopes to double major in history and secondary education and perhaps minor in English and Biology before pursuing a master’s degree.
Maddie Stouder from Littleton High School. Her mission experiences in Jamaica changed her life and illuminated for her that teaching is her passion. Not only did she become keenly aware of her life advantages, she learned the importance of meeting the individual needs of each child. Maddie will chase this dream next year at Adams State University where she will pursue a secondary teaching degree in language arts. One day she hopes to serve students in a high-needs community.
Isabel Rossman is graduating from Options High School. The first thing you notice when you meet Isabel is her drive and ambition. When you see her passion as a young mother, you understand its purpose. Her ability to tackle life challenges with energy and positivity will lay the groundwork for the life she hopes for her family. Isabel will continue her classes at Arapahoe Community College before transferring to a four-year college to pursue her degree in elementary education, specifically math.
The LPS Foundation is the fundraising partner for Littleton Public Schools. Providing a quality education for every child is at the forefront of its purpose and the board of directors is committed to generating financial resources and building community relationships that enhance student and staff success in all LPS schools. The LPS Foundation thanks all its sponsors and attendees for supporting the Spirit Celebration. For more information on the LPS Foundation or to make a financial contribution, please visit LPS
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