For generations, La Veta, Colorado, has been an enchanting rural community of around 800 people that sits at the base of the Spanish Peaks in Huerfano County. Fort Francisco was established as the outpost and the gateway for many traveling to southwestern Colorado. Today, La Veta is home to a diverse community of farmers, ranchers, artists, and retirees. Last year, we faced one of our biggest trials with the Springs Creek fire. The community pulled together as tens of thousands of acres and homes burned.
Even in the face of this natural disaster, the community voted to construct a new school building with matching funds from the Colorado Department of Education Building Excellent Schools Today (BEST) grant. Plans are underway to open the new school in 2021.
Unfortunately, these funds only cover brick and mortar construction. La Veta Elementary's science curriculum dates back to the early 2000s and is not aligned with the New Generation States Standards nor with the 2020 Colorado Science Standards. The limited, outdated curriculum means teachers do not have enough resources to teach science to kindergarten-5th grade students.
The Education Department needs your help to purchase a complete set of Full Option Science System (FOSS) curriculum for the students at La Veta.
And this is not all. From Jan. 13-16, Colorado College Professor Mike Taber from the Education Department and 12 CC students who are science majors plan on teaching STEM Camp to all elementary students at La Veta. Our goal is to present the La Veta students and teachers with the curriculum, while we spark renewed interest in science for a community that has recently faced adversity.
Your $100 gift will fund one student's entire elementary experience of science. Please give now!
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Your $25 gift will fund one-quarter of an entire elementary experience of science for one student!