Leadville Nonprofit Gives Scholarships to Women
When it comes to established philanthropic groups, Leadville has a wonderful, cross-section of nonprofit organizations that offer a variety of support and services for Lake County residents. And one of them just celebrated 100 years. So, Congratulations to the local chapter of Philanthropic Education Organization (PEO) was organized January 20, 1916 in Leadville. The group raises funds for women’s education, locally and internationally.
P.E.O. was founded on January 21, 1869, by seven students at Iowa Wesleyan College in Mount Pleasant, Iowa. This circle of kindred spirits has grown from that tiny membership of seven to nearly a quarter of a million members in chapters throughout the U.S. and Canada, including Leadville.
In fact, if you’ve enjoyed the beauty of the poinsettias around town every winter, you’ve reaped the benefits of his groups unique fundraising efforts. Dollars raised from the sales of these Christmas plants, along with other contributions turn into educational opportunities for women, with more than 90,000 who have benefited from their POE’s grants, loans, awards, special projects and stewardship of Cottey College. Locally, that means an annual scholarship every spring at the student Class Day for Lake County High School.
One hundred years strong is certainly a testament to a well-established, successful, and accountable nonprofit in Lake County. If you or someone you know would be interested in getting involved, or perhaps making a financial contribution, please contact Natalie Armstrong, PEO Chapter AF, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phone at 719-293-9023.
Spelling Bee Champ Damon Moves on To State
The schools have been buzzing with the news for nearly a month now. So without further ado, here’s the latest regarding the Lake County Intermediate School’s (LCIS) annual Spelling Bee which was held February 3. It’s nice to know in a world of texting and emojees that the local school district will be sending a Leadville student to the Colorado State Spelling Bee on March 12 at the University of Denver.
Congratulations to EVAN DAMON! LCIS students started their path to the Spelling Bee in their classrooms with their English Language Arts (ELA) teachers. The top two spellers from each ELA class in grades 3 through 6 were invited to attend the school-wide Spelling Bee in front of a larger audience. All community members were invited to attend, and the parents of the contestants were given a special invitation to come and support their child. The students met the challenge and were very impressive.
Here is a listing of the grade level finalists who are pictured below:
- 3rd: Ella Bullock, Tyrie Medina, Evan Damon, Sarah Gutierrez, Kassidy Bayne, Ashlee Ebuna
- 4th: Violet Hill, Hunter Dee, Keira King, Jordan Jaramillo, Timothy Stevens, Liliana Perea, Jessy Blamey, Yahir Leon
- 5th: Emely Caro, Quincy Ortega (not pictured), Jacob Romero, Victor Anguiano, Mara Green, Larissa Gallegos
- 6th: Troy Stanford, Gemma Helguera, Madyson Blamey, Giselle Olave, Morgan Holm, Brenna Allen