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Making a difference is never easy. It can seem especially difficult when you are in 3rd grade - but it can be done. Students at Pioneer Elementary School in Parker have been working on a project to save the monarch butterfly from extinction.

Where do you start with such an overwhelming task? Sometimes you just need to know the right people. Parker Town Councilman Joshua Rivero also happens to be a parent to two kids kids working on the project. He has volunteered his time to help them put a plan into action. “You want something done, you can do it at your town hall.” The mayor signs a pledge offering his support.

With help from the councilman and teacher Tammy Velasco, the kids are preparing an action plan to present to the Parker town council. They cover everything from what to say, to where to say it.

When the big day finally arrives the kids are equipped with confidence. After leading the assembled crowd in the pledge of allegiance and observing some of the proceedings, the mayor calls the students up to face the dais. The need for limiting pesticides, planting milkweeds, and spreading the word is central to their presentation.

What they really want is support. “I will gladly go online and support and take the pledge online,” responds mayor Mike Waid. After a signature and applause from the supportive crowd, the students are on their way. They leave knowing that it is possible to make a difference.

June 5, 2017 | By ccheline | Category:

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It may look like a plain, white shipping container was just parked on the backyard grounds of Mountain Vista High School. The contents of the container are anything but plain, though. Walking inside the container, different colors of ambient lighting glow, futuristic-looking equipment and tall towers are suspended from the ceiling, and the humidity level is set to 70 percent. The container has been recycled into a new kind of learning opportunity for students.