As a volunteer, teacher and parent of the Aspen Community School (ACS), I have been learning something new for 25 years. I have been challenged to take risks, learn new skills and keep an open mind to what might be possible. I have been given this incredible opportunity to participate along with my two children, our students, teachers and parents in a community that celebrates curiosity, creativity and discovery. Our students thrive as scientists, actors, artists, musicians, mathematicians and authors because they are supported by a community that believes in them.
However, our students are succeeding in a school house that is failing. The Community School is one of Colorado’s highest-performing public schools operating in one of the state’s lowest-performing facilities. As a public charter school, the Aspen Community School enriches the educational choices for the Aspen School District. Yet, we are not currently providing the educational spaces that allow our students to explore, innovate and create at their highest level. Just imagine what will happen when exemplary facilities, proven educational philosophy and limitless creativity come together on the mesa above Woody Creek.
We have not only imagined this potential but are ready to make it happen. After four years of effort, the Community School earned a $4.2 million BEST (Building Excellent Schools Today) grant from the state. In order to secure this grant, we must raise $4.9 million by May 1, 2013. It is an ambitious and achievable goal, but we cannot do it without your help.
I believe I live in a community that supports educational choice with an emphasis on academic excellence, outdoor education, and the visual and performing arts. We have taught our children to take risks, to work hard for what they believe and to keep an open mind to what is possible. ACS is giving each of us a special opportunity to show our children what we believe in.
I ask you to join the ACS community and support our campus campaign. To learn more and to make a donation, please visit iBelieveACS.org