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Three Evergreen Schools join International Bike to School Day

Written by Liz Cohen on .

Students from three Evergreen schools beared the wet, cold weather on May 10 to participate in International Bike to School Day 2017. Over 55 students from Evergreen Middle School, Bergen Valley Elementary and Bergen Meadow Elementary rode through rain and sleet to get to school on Wednesday, joining students from 2,500 schools in 49 states across the country.

Because Evergreen covers a lot of ground, many students had to get creative to participate in Bike to School Day. Some kids rode over six miles to school, clear from Evergreen High School to Evergreen Middle School; other students biked with their pals and families in guided groups organized from various Bergen Park locations to the schools.

“I was surprised to see so many kids on their bikes today considering the bad weather and long rides in Evergreen,” said Callie Cohen, one of twelve volunteer crossing guards who staged the event. “I’m impressed!”

Evergreen schools will repeat their bike/ped feats in next October’s Walk to School Day, and then again for Bike to School Day 2018.

The 1.1 million dollar NEAT Trail was completed in 2013, thanks to assistance from Jefferson County, Evergreen Park & Rec, Great Outdoors Colorado, Jeffco Public Schools, and Evergreen community donors. Since then, North Evergreen has become a much more walkable and bikeable community.

Twenty-five hundred Bike to School Day events took place nationwide on May 10, 2017. “Bicycling is a wonderful way to exercise, have fun and can be a means for some students to get to school,” said U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao. “National Bike to School Day is an opportunity for communities to highlight the many benefits of bicycling and promote bicycle safety for Americans of all ages.”

As KC Butler, one of the founders of North Evergreen Activity Trails and volunteer crossing guards at the May 10 event, puts it: “Keep on Truckin’ Evergreen!”

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Building Trades program makes a comeback

Written by Stephen Knapp on .

Attractive, efficient, and surrounded by tall pines and mountain quiet, the new house reaching completion on Surrey Drive is a monument to both the builder’s art and the community’s heart.

“My dad was in the trades for 20 years, and I wanted to have some of the same experiences he had,” says Kris, a Conifer High School senior and one of 14 kids taking part in the mountain area’s recently re-constructed Building Trades Program. “I really liked the framing aspect. It’s amazing to watch a big pile of wood come together into a house.”

Originally launched in the 1970s at Evergreen High School, the Building Trades Program was offered engagement to those kids who preferred building value to book-learning, and it thrived for nearly 30 years before Jefferson County Schools abruptly scrapped community-based vocational education in the late 1990s. The program’s promising new start is thanks mostly to longtime Evergreen builder Dave Graham and his colleagues, Phil Shanley and Ted Sells, at the kid-focused nonprofit Evergreen Benefactors. The three men spent more than a decade trying to persuade R-1 to better serve those of its students on an other-than-college track. They were much aided in their efforts by a change of district leadership in 2014, and even more by Conifer High School principal Wes Paxton who furnished an 8,000-square-foot construction yard in the CHS parking lot.

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EHS state champion girls basketball team honored at the Capitol

Written by Maren Schreiber on .

The Evergreen Girls Varsity Basketball Team was invited to the Capitol for their historic accomplishment of being the first girls basketball team to win the state championship in the school’s 49-year history. The championship was won over Pueblo South on March 11th.

Those on the team include:  Keigan Drysdale, Kristina Schreiber, Hannah Kennedy, Baylee Galan Browne, Maclaine Drysdale, Dana Staebell, Meriel Hahn, Alexandra Hellums, Hayley Dillon and Claudia Dillon.

The girls went to the House of Representatives session first where they were presented with a flag that had been flown over the Capitol the day of the championship. The House of Representatives started with the Pledge of Allegiance, a prayer and some business items. Seated in the balcony, the team stood up; and they were recognized for their historic accomplishment with a standing ovation and a certificate of achievement. The presentation was done by State Legislator Tim Leonard of Evergreen.

The Senate Chamber also recognized the historic accomplishment with Senator Tim Neville honoring the team. Again, they received a standing ovation and a certificate of honor and congratulations.

The girls were given a tour of the Capitol building and learned about the history of prominent and important Coloradans. And they got a great view of the mountains from the dome!

The winning team was coached by Amy Bahl with the help from Cheryl Newhall, Ed Hellums, Ali Meyers, Maddy Hornecker and Sam Gibson.

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West Jefferson Elementary recognized for being "healthy"

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Pictured above are Liz Murphy (champion parent leader), Chris Olsen (champion parent leader and staff member) and Wendy Woodland (champion parent leader and WJE Principal), celebrating the fact that West Jeff Elementary School was named one of the healthiest schools in Colorado.

To read about the award, click here.

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EHS Performing Arts presents "Into the Woods"

Written by Leanne Fesenmeyer on .

Evergreen High School Performing Arts’ spring musical, "Into the Woods," begins this week with shows on March 16th, 17th & 18th at 7 pm with a special matinee performance on March 18th at 2 pm. The show is an enchanting, hilarious and touching musical filled with colorful actors and memorable music.

"Into the Woods" is a modern twist on the beloved Brothers Grimm fairy tales in a musical format that follows the classic tales of Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Rapunzel…all brought together by an original story involving a baker and his wife, their wish to begin a family and the curse placed upon them by a wicked witch.

The show is directed by Scott Ogle, who performs regularly with Evergreen Players with musical direction from Kirsten Carpenter, who also performs locally with StageDoor and others. Scott and Kirsten are complemented by Wiley Cruse, who directs the orchestra. Scott, Kirsten, Wiley and the entire cast and crew have been working diligently since November to bring you a performance that is not to be missed!