MONUMENT â¢ The District 38 Education Council spent an hour of its last meeting paying homage where it was due.
On October 18, the Lewis-Palmer School District School Board saluted a special achievement from one of its high school students and recognized a handful of community partners for their work with the district.
Laura Lambrech, an accomplished oboe player, was recognized as the winner of this season’s Denver Young Artists Orchestra Wind Concerto competition.
At the age of 3, Lambrech began to learn to play the piano, but his passion soon became the oboe. She was a member of the Colorado Springs Youth Symphony for five years before joining the Denver Young Artists Orchestra for the latter two.
Currently, Lambrech performs with the Palmer Ridge Wind Ensemble on oboe and the Symphonic Winds on clarinet, both under the direction of Raleigh Eversole.
The PRHS senior spoke about the quality of the music programs at D-38 and how lucky she was to be a part of it.
âI wouldn’t have gotten this award without them,â Lambrech said. “The middle school and high school bands I played with have been excellent.”
She mentioned how grateful she was to have also developed her musical abilities within the Monument Academy Band.
âMy favorite thing about music programs is that they make the music enjoyable and fun,â Lambrech said. âIt’s something the kids really want to do. I have also noticed that the music community here including teachers and students is so inclusive and truly inspiring. My favorite thing is going to class and making music with people I love to be with. “
Lambrech also teaches oboe to beginner music students in high school.
Among the entities recognized by the D-38 board of directors was The Ascent Church in Monument, which recently sponsored the fifth annual Run4Hope Family Color Fun Run and Competitive 5K for Schools, of which D-38 was a benefactor.
Many Tri-Lakes community members and organizations have participated in 5K Run4Hope over the past four years to raise funds for El Paso County’s Teen Suicide Prevention Program, Sources of Strength. Lewis-Palmer High School and Palmer Ridge High School both benefited from the funding.
Pastor Brian Petak of The Ascent Church said the event has raised about $ 115,000 over the past five years for Sources of Strength suicide prevention programs. He said this year’s event struck even more “closer to home” with the suicide of a D-38 high school student last December. Petak said this student was also part of his own staff team at Ascent Church.
âIt is an honor for us to be recognized, but we are not doing this for recognition,â said Petak. “We are doing it for the impact in the community.”
The pastor said that because this year’s event alone raised $ 52,000, The Ascent Church is able to involve other schools, providing about $ 3,000 per school to over 17 d ‘between them. For this reason, a funding application process has been created.
âWe know the suicide rate in this county is astronomical. Even a suicide, of course, is too much, âsaid Petak. âWe are very happy to be able to have this impact on the community and to now have hundreds and hundreds of students who can take this program. It is so important for us to talk openly with our children about their mental health and to keep things positive. It is an honor for us to continue and to continue to do this race.
The Monument Hill Kiwanis Club and Tri-Lakes Cares have also been recognized by the Board of Education for their long-standing partnerships with the district and the community. The Monument Hill Foundation, the granting body of the MHK Club, awarded the school district $ 19,000 for various educational programs during the current school year.
Hicks noted that there are Kiwanis Kids Clubs at five of D-38’s elementary schools, a builders club at one college, Key Clubs at both high schools, and a very active club at the University of Colorado at Colorado. Springs, where students run their own organizations. with guidance from Kiwanis teachers and advisors.
âThe goal of service leadership is to develop competent, capable, and compassionate student leaders by helping them learn to help others,â Hicks said. âFor us, it is very gratifying to see so many of these children develop their confidence and an interest in service to others. We are joined by a very generous community to contribute to the success of our projects.
Additionally, Tri-Lakes Cares Executive Director Haley Chapin spoke on behalf of the non-profit organization that has been recognized for its ongoing efforts to support families in the Tri-Lakes region through its participation in initiatives including the district’s free and discounted breakfast program and recent Empty Bowl events. Chapin said there are several instances where Tri-Lakes Cares is crossing paths with the school district and the local Kiwanis club for common goals.
âIt really takes a community to make a community better,â Chapin said. âI think this is a perfect example of how collaboration can really benefit members of our community as a whole. â¦ All of the services and benefits that each of us offer the community really helps make it such a well-rounded place.