On Friday, May 15, more than 1,000 students from Estes Park schools will join with community members and educators for Estes Thrives Day, a community service event. Students will work in teams alongside adults to tackle projects including tree planting, painting, and cleanup—and to plan ahead for future projects.
This day of service launches Estes Thrives, a youth driven community engagement initiative aimed at bringing the whole Estes Park community together to create a bright future. The Estes Park School District is coordinating the ongoing initiative, which will help students bring purpose and passion to their learning careers through connections to the world beyond school walls.
Fifty students, school staff, and community members gathered on May 6th to generate ideas for projects, including public art, youth-senior activities, and collaborations with businesses and National Parks.
During Estes Thrives Day, approximately 300 high school students will apply their creativity to planning ahead for future projects to be implemented during the 2015-2016 school year, while about 270 middle school students will work on hands-on projects, including:
- Seeding grass and cleanup at Mary's Lake Campground with Estes Valley Rec District.
- Planting flowers in front of the middle school to beautify the campus.
- Giving back to our teachers through random acts of kindness.
- Painting the storage units at the aquatic center and football practice field.
- Designing a mural to paint on the football stadium.
- Visiting businesses and delivering thank you cards.
- Cleaning up the campus at the YMCA of the Rockies.
- Raking the school grounds.
- Creating white hearts to decorate the American Legion, for the Ride for Aurora event.
- Designing and beginning to create a Memorial Garden for lost loved ones.
Elementary school students will also participate by planting trees as part of an Arbor Day program sponsored by the Town of Estes Parks and the Parks Advisory Board.
Organizations and individuals interested in partnering with Estes Park Schools as part of the Estes Thrives initiative are invited to contact Superintendent Sheldon Rosenkrance.
Check back soon for photos and stories about all the projects!