The Aspen Community School is the one of the main reasons I came to this valley over 40 years ago. I was fortunate enough to be the school’s art teacher from 1973-94 and have our two children attend through to eighth grade. While the school has been extremely important in my personal life, I believe our entire valley — even those with no direct link to the school — have benefited from its unique educational environment. The school is an active participant in the ongoing vitality, creativity and strength of our valley, which is why I am appealing to our wider community now.
The Aspen Community School is one of the highest performing schools in the state, in one of the lowest-performing buildings, ranked in the bottom 1 percent. In light of this, the state of Colorado has given the school a BEST grant of $4.2 million to renovate the school, but the school must raise $4.9 million by May 1, or they will lose this remarkable opportunity. They have the support of the state, the school district, their board, parents, students and staff. Now this capital project needs the help of friends and neighbors in the broader community.
I have experienced the gifts the school has given to our community and world for more than 40 years: students who are problem solvers, collaborators, artists, leaders, scientists, innovators, learners and, most importantly, connectors that thrive on lifelong learning. I believe this contribution is valuable to every resident in our valley. Please consider joining me in giving your financial support to the Aspen Community School at this crucial time in its history.