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Community School benefits us all

Dear Editor:

The Aspen Community School is one of the main reasons I came to this valley more than 40 years ago. I was fortunate enough to be the school’s art teacher from 1973 to 1994 and have our two children attend through to eighth grade.

While the school has been extremely important in my personal life, I believe our entire valley – even those with no direct link to the school – has benefited from its unique educational environment. The school is an active participant in the ongoing vitality, creativity and strength of our valley, which is why I am appealing to our wider community now.

The Aspen Community School is one of the highest-performing schools in the state in one of the lowest-performing buildings (bottom 1 percent). In light of this, the state of Colorado has given the school a BEST grant of $4.2 million to renovate the school, but the school must raise $4.9 million by May 1, or it will lose this remarkable opportunity. It has the support of the state, the school district, its board, parents, students and staff. Now this capital project needs the help of friends and neighbors in the broader community.

I have experienced the gifts the school has given our community and world for more than 40 years: students who are

problem-solvers, collaborators, artists, leaders, scientists, innovators, learners and, most important, connectors who thrive on lifelong learning.

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I believe this contribution is valuable to every person in our valley. Please consider joining me in giving your financial support to the Aspen Community School at this crucial time in its history.

Deb Jones

Basalt