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El Paso County Colorado District 49

Foundation recognizes district students, faculty

The Falcon Education Foundation hosted its 10th Annual Gala and Silent Action on May 8 to raise money for mini-grants for classroom activities and next year’s senior scholarships.This year’s event had a Fiesta theme and was held at the Doubletree World Arena with an attendance of about 300 people.Scholarships were awarded during the event to Britny Doole, Evan Barger and Nicolette Brown of Sand Creek High School and to Aubrey Mazerall and Melissa Stringer of Falcon High School. Students, teachers and volunteers were also recognized at the event for their efforts throughout the year. Dinner, a silent auction and live auction were also part of the event. FEF board member Lynne Bliss said, “This was a great way to appreciate the wonderful things our students and teachers were doing and to promote the positive programs that were taking place in our schools.”The FEF is a nonprofit organization that raises funds beyond the usual means of support to help students and teachers reach their full potential now and into the future. This year’s goal was $40,000. These funds are used for such projects as soft architecture (building a house from cloth), welding for art and crime scene in the classroom, as well as other creative projects that are not covered in the regular school budget.”In return (for the grants), our district has received a lot of positive news coverage, support and recognition,” Bliss said.Fund raising generates the only source of revenue for the foundation. These sources include individual donations, corporate donations, fundraisers, foundations, estates and charitable gifts. The board considers educational opportunities that are creative, innovative and beyond the regular classroom curriculum.For more information about the FEF, please contact Bliss at 719-262-0419.

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