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Letter: Keep Aspen schools thriving

On Oct. 2, our Aspen School District hosted the Colorado Western Slope College Fair, welcoming students and parents from all over the region, looking to learn more about college options. Judging by attendance and involvement, it is evident that this community and our region care about students and their futures.

After the 12th annual College Fair, we can only say thank you, thank you, and thank you again to the 150 dedicated volunteers who made it happen, to our generous sponsors who pay for it, and thanks to the families who came to help their students explore their post-high school options. With 250 colleges, universities, trade schools, community colleges, apprenticeship offerings, and the ROTC and military academies at the College Fair, choice was around every corner for every student. The whole event was a grand success for our students and parents, for the colleges, universities, post high school programs and for our own Aspen schools.

The generous support of the Aspen School District, which hosted and welcomed kids from 90-plus high schools from the Western Slope and beyond, should be applauded. The school district’s involvement is another way that our community reaches out and brings “possibility thinking and access” to students seeking to choose their next educational steps and prepare for the workplace, professions, and being part of the citizenry of our great nation.

As we thank all who helped make the College Fair a great success, we also remind everyone of the importance of the ballot questions this fall that will continue to express the community’s support of all the programs at our schools. Our community has a history of strong support at the polls for Aspen’s students and our schools. The College Fair and College Counseling are two major examples of programs with strong support. “Yes” votes for the school ballot questions in November would be another demonstration of the community’s will to continue in this positive direction. So one more time, thank you to all our school friends in Aspen and Snowmass. We do all that we do for all our students, and “yes” votes allow us to keep on with our mission.

Kelly Doherty and Kathy Klug

Co-directors, College Outreach for the Colorado Western Slope College Fair Committee

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