Parks foundation gives back

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For the first time in the Highlands Ranch Park and Recreation Foundation’s history, the nonprofit will participate in Colorado Gives Day, slated for Dec. 10. All donations made in the foundation’s name will support youth scholarships for recreation programs, trail improvements, sports field improvements, Highlands Ranch Mansion furnishings, flowers, landscaping and trees throughout Highlands Ranch parks, roadways and gardens and improvement of the community’s dog parks.

Individuals interested in donating to the foundation can pre-schedule their donation at www.hrpf.org.

Soles4Souls gets moving locally

Randy E. Johnson State Farm Insurance has announced that the company is partnering with Soles4Souls and utilizing its 8925 Ridgeline Blvd. office in Highlands Ranch as official drop-off location for new or gently used shoes for needy children.

For more information, visit www.Soles 4Souls.org.

CenturyLink assists with ed grants

In partnership with the Public Education and Business Coalition and Colorado Mesa University, The CenturyLink Clarke M. Williams Foundation plans to award $145,000 in teachers and technology grants to teachers within the company’s service area. The grants will be awarded to teachers who have a strong desire to innovatively implement technology in their classrooms to increase student achievement.

Among other things, past grant recipients have used the funds to purchase 3D printers to use in design and engineering labs, as well as to purchase Jawbone Up bracelets for students to use during health science units to record sleep patterns, calorie intake and other health related patterns.

CenturyLink Teachers and Technology grants are limited to $5,000 per application, and applications are being accepted through Jan. 10, 2014. To learn more about the program or to apply for a grant, visit www.centurylink.com/home/aboutus/coloradoteachers.  

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