Eighth-grader Cody Witt, 13, pets a rescued dog at the National Dog Mill Rescue March 11 in Peyton, Colo. Patriot Learning Center students volunteer at the NDMR once a month during the school year, completing tasks like folding towels and sorting donations. They also get to socialize with with the dogs.
Students shake hands with Thomas Tudor, president of the Society of the Honor Guard, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, after a presentation about Arlington National Cemetery for middle school students Oct. 5 at Patriot Learning Center in District 49.
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Paul Austin, science educator at Patriot Learning Center, will use a $4200 Teachers and Technology grant from CenturyLink to purchase a 3D printer. Austin and his students will use the 3D printer to create different propellers in a boat drag racing unit. "Without this grant, there's no way we could do the tinkering phase of the project," said Austin. "It isn't cost effective and there's no way we'd be able to wait for a manufacturer to do that process for us."
Increasing numbers of District 49 students are taking college courses while in high school. Science teachers from District 49 high schools and Pikes Peak Community College department chairs and science professors met March 13 to discuss how both organizations can best serve this group of students.
James Clark, 65, of Colorado Springs, explains the civil rights movement for middle schoolers Jan. 29 at Patriot Learning Center in District 49. For six years, Clark has visited the alternative learning school in honor of the Martin Luther King Jr. federal holiday and National African American History Month.
A child speaks with Santa Claus, played by retired firefighter Jim DeGeorge, after shopping for his family Dec. 6 during Santa’s Toy Express at the transportation department in District 49. Fifty-one students, most 4-8 years old, received a call this year from the “elves” of Santa’s Toy Express.
"These kids have aspirations, they have paths and they know where the paths lead. It's exciting," said Jerry Simpson of Black Forest at Patriot Learning Center's seventh annual Senior Citizens Feast.
Graduate Daniella Conway, 18, takes a seat after being awarded a $1,000 Coca-Cola scholarship during a commencement ceremony May 22 at Patriot Learning Center in Falcon School District 49.
Hillary Dennis of Peyton studies mathematics during a GED prep class Feb. 18, 2014, at Patriot Learning Center in Falcon School District 49.