Henry the Reading Wonder Dog| Visits the Denver Public Library

In an earlier Henry the Reading Wonder Dog  post we shared with you  how Henry took a summer class and earned his “Pups on Patrol” credentials from the Denver Police Department. This means that Henry goes on lot’s of adventures with his handler interacting with people and spreading the joy he brings to people as a certified Therapy Dog.

This weekend he visited the Denver Public Library and took a shady break under the 21 ft red chair with Yerling that stands outside of the library.

Henry gives his adventure downtown two paws up!

We were curious the story behind the Yerling and chair sculpture and so we did some research on the web.

Turns out “The Yearling” by Donald Lipski was originally commissioned for an elementary school in upper Manhattan.   Lipski stated he wanted “to give kids something that would really be a cause for wonder.” The school district asked Lipski to remove the horse. He refused because he felt without the yerling the sculpture “lost it’s magic”.  The Yerling spent 1997 in New York City’s Central park, and traveled to Denver in 1998 where it permanently sits today at the downtown library.

What do you think about the sculpture?

  • Would you have removed the horse?
  • What color would you have made the chair?
  • When you look at the sculpture what do you think?

Where have your travels brought you this summer?

  • Have you traveled outside of the state?
  • Have you done something at home?

Think about how you can capture your favorite memories of the summer to share with others.

Some ideas include:

  • Create a memory board and paste your pictures
  • Create a photo book
  • Start a journal
  • Sketch some pictures
  • Create a video
  • Gather things that remind you of your travels or memories and put them in a shoe box to share with others

The Green Gables PTA participates in a Shutterfly online program where 13% of your total purchase goes to the PTA. It’s as easy as clicking on the link  http://greengablespta.shutterflystorefront.com/ and placing your order.

Henry| His story 

Henry| Takes a summer class 

Henry Explains| Lexile reading levels and how they can be used

Henry| My First Book Review 

Henry| Checks out Audio Books

 

 

 

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Henry the Reading Wonder Dog| Checks out Audio Books

So it’s probably clear to most of you that I am dog! So I love to look at pictures in books and listen to my handler read aloud while I follow along, but I also love to listen to audio books, podcasts, ebooks, and books on CD’s. The best thing about audiobooks for me is I can relax with my favorite toy (Moose) while listening to a great story!

You should try it! Ebooks, podcasts, and audio books all count towards your minutes for the Jefferson County Library Rock the Books Summer Reading Program.

At last update Green Gables was number 8 in reading minutes out of all of the Jefferson County Elementary Schools.

EIGHT is great.. but wouldn’t ONE be much more FUN?

Jefferson County library Ebooks:

Did you know that your library card gives you access to Ebooks? There are a few options from Jefferson County Library check them out here: https://jeffcolibrary.org/faq/ebook/ .

I tried a few and here are my reviews:

Hoopla

I am a HUGE Youtube fan and I really like Dude Perfect! You know the guys who do crazy basketball shots? Recently I downloaded their ebook from Hoopla Go Big.  I can get 10 titles a month on there and I can listen to the audio while I read the pdf.

Axis 360

Axis 360 is a really great resource for me!  I can download the book and I can even read it in a browser. You can download the app to your phone and download items for reading offline. I even found Harry Potter on there! I recently used this option for a drive up to the mountains.

Reading on the Web

Keeping up with all that information out there on the web is a “Ruff” job, so I use some of these sites to help me find articles that I like. Check them out !

Newsela – Is a free download for your Iphone. You can set your reading level, set topic favorites, search for content, and have the article be read to you!

DogoNews–  Well isn’t obvious why I like this site? Hello I am dog! On this site I searched for an article on dogs and had the system read to me about a Labrador Retriever who rides the city bus solo and takes himself to the park. My handler did not think the article was a good idea, but I got a big chuckle listening to this dogs antics as he explored the outside world without a leash!

Stewards Resources Master Library – You can select your grade level to view and hear text. Every word on the page is clickable so you can see the different words and syllables, and really master that decoding thingy!

#Readonleprechauns

Henry| His story 

Henry| Takes a summer class 

Henry Explains| Lexile reading levels and how they can be used

Henry| My First Book Review 

Henry| Checks out Audio Books

 

 

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Henry the Reading Wonder Dog| My First Book Review

What’s Henry Up To?

Henry recently went on a trip to Steam Boat Springs with his handler and his best friend Kai. Like Henry Kai is also a rescue dog. They hang out a lot over the summer months because they both like adventure and helping humans.

During his down time on his adventures Henry listened to the book I was a Third Grade Spy by Mary Jane Auch.

He is giving the book two paws up!

Henry’s Book Review| I was a Third Grade Spy By Mary Jane Auch

The story was told from Arful’s perspective. I like reading books when they are told by a dog. I am after all a dog!

The boys -Brian, Josh and Dougie tried to hypnotize Arful so he would become a cat.  The cat thing did not work, but guess what… Arful learned to talk! It’s amazing what you can learn even if you don’t expect it!

An announcement was made about an upcoming School Talent Contest.  The boys wanted to win but did not know what they could perform for a talent.  What was their talent?  Should it be a magic trick?  They needed to find a talent.

The girls -Emily, Lissa and Cara were planning for the talent show and they wanted to win.

The boys made a bet with the girls if the boys lose, the girls get to boss them around for a week in school.

It was boys vs girls who would win?

The boys started ‘Operation Dog Spy’ which included sending Arful to the girl’s talent show meetings and report back insider details. The girls did not know that Arful could talk, they just thought he was cute so he was invited into their meetings. When Arful would come back to report his findings he could not remember exactly what the girls discussed. Maybe it was French Cooking? So the boys tried to make a soufflé to compete – no luck – what a mess.

The talent show date was approaching fast.  The boys tried to have Arful learn how to tell jokes.   Having a dog tell jokes is very hard, even when you can talk.

On the day of the talent show, the girls are performing.  Arful was waiting with the boys for their turn and all Arful wanted to do was play stick.  He reeked habic on the girls performance, but we will leave the details for you to read. Let’s just say that Arful got into trouble. A LOT OF TROUBLE .

Have you ever wanted to compete with the girls or boys in your class?
Have you learned something unexpected?
What’s your hidden talent?

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Henry’s Book Rating| Two Paws up!

Three key things to help you write a book review: https://www.weareteachers.com/teaching-book-reviews/

  1. Make a Personal Connection
  2. Include a summary of the book
  3. Make a Connection to the larger world

Henry| Introduction

Henry| His story 

Henry| Takes a Summer Class

Henry| Checks out Audio Books

Henry| Visits the Denver Public Library

 

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Henry Explains| Lexile® reading levels and how they can be used

Here is Henry’s  challenge this week!

Henry is challenging you to find out the Lexile® reading level of Where the Wild Things Are by  Maurice Sendak using your new skills learned in his latest blog post Henry Explains| Lexile® reading levels and how they can be used.  Where the Wild Things Are is Henry’s favorite book to listen to!

The most important thing!

The most important thing to Henry is that you just read this summer! Find something you enjoy to read and track those minutes for the Jefferson County Summer Reading Program 6/1 -7/31. There are many resources out there to help you select the right book. Click Here  for a few we have collected  in the past for our Read 4 Funds fundraiser.

If you have a favorite book to share with Henry let him  know in his exclusive Flipgrid video chat where you can post video questions, comments, and book reviews.  Email ptagreengablesptaco@yahoo.com for access instructions!

Flipgrid is a social learning site where you can post video chats and view other’s responses to questions like:

  • Ask a Question
  • Tell Henry about your favorite book
  • How do you find  the perfect book?
  • What are you reading right now

This is a locked down site by a password and you must be a Green Gables student enrolled in the 2017/2018 school year to participate.

To post to Flipgrid complete the following steps:

  1. Send an email to ptagreengablesptaco@yahoo.com with the following: Full name|Grade Completed this year| Teacher
  2. You will receive an email with instructions on how to access and post to Henry The Reading Wonder Dogs social learning space

Summer Reading Lists examples:

http://www.readingrockets.org/books/summer
https://www.scholastic.com/teachers/bookwizard/
https://www.commonsensemedia.org/book-reviews
https://jeffcolibrary.org/resource/novelist-k-8-plus/
https://www.greatschools.org/gk/articles/books-for-kids-grades-k-5/

Did you know that you can search the Jefferson County Library for books by Lexile® reading level?

When you utilize the Jefferson County Library site advanced catalog search you can select books by your child’s Lexile® Range. Complete the following steps to find a book by your child’s Lexile® range.

Steps to complete:

  1.  Log Into your Jefferson county library account
  2. On the Search catalog select advanced search
  3.  Scroll down until you see the Reading Level Range section as shown below
  4. Enter the range indicated on your Student’s Progress Report
  5. Enter any additional Search criteria
  6. For a list of books at your child’s Lexile® reading level indicated on the MAP® Student Progress Report

Lexile® Reading Levels and how they can be used:

Children in grades 3-9 in Jefferson County are tested three times a year for academic growth in reading using the MAP® Growth performance indicator . The MAP® test is developed by the Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA).  You should have received the MAP® growth Student Progress Report in the last Friday folder of the 2018 school year. The Student MAP® testing results are measured in RIT scores (short for Rasch Unit). A RIT score is an estimation of a student’s instructional level and also measures student progress or growth in school.

RIT Explained from the NWEA site:

You may have a chart in your home on which you mark your child’s height at certain times, such as on his or her birthday. This is a growth chart to show how much he or she has grown from one year to the next. MAP® assessments do the same sort of thing, except they measure your student’s growth in mathematics and reading. The RIT scale is an equal-interval scale much like feet and inches on a yardstick. It is used to chart your child’s academic growth from year to year. This type of score increases the value of the tests as a tool to improve student learning because it
enables teachers to pinpoint what students have learned and what students are ready to learn. We found this source quite helpful in understanding the MAP Growth RIT.

Where do I find the Lexile® range for my child at the end of the school year?

If you refer to the reading section of the MAP® Student Progress Report your child’s Lexile® Range is indicated at the bottom of the reading section highlighted in dark grey. It will be indicated by a range followed by an L. For example: Lexile® Range 285-435L

What is a Lexile range and how do I use it from the NWEA site?

Lexile® levels are scientifically and mathematically assigned based on the difficulty and readability of a book. Once you know your child’s Lexile® level, you can search for books that match his/her level to expand your home library and encourage daily reading practice in your own home. Some experts believe that providing text not by grade level but by Lexile® level is the best way to improve reading confidence.  The Lexile® site has many resources for you to search books and understand how the Lexile® range is calculated.

If you child has not completed the MAP® test because they are not in the third grade ask them their reading level.  They normally will know. You can utilize the image below to understand reading program levels vs. Lexile® ranges:

Does your child like to read alone but you wonder about their comprehension of the text check out PowerV by Lexile?

See below for a direct extract from their website:

“When your child reads books within their Lexile range, there will always be some words your child doesn’t know. Anticipating what those words might be and helping your child understand them can increase your child’s enjoyment of the book as well as grow their vocabulary.

More than 125,000 books in the “Find a Book” database include a robust vocabulary tool called PowerV. The PowerV Vocabulary tool identifies up to 10 challenging words in each book that are important for readers to know. It can also provide customized vocabulary lists and forecast comprehension for your child.”

Example:

 

Henry looks forward to hearing from you!

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Henry| Introduction

Henry| His story 

Henry| Takes a Summer Class

Henry| My First Book Review 

Henry| Checks out Audio Books

Henry| Visits the Denver Public Library

 

 

 

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Henry| Takes a Summer Class to sniff out crime

We have some exciting news to share with you about our friend Henry The Wonder Reading Dog! Henry and his handler Patti recently took a summer class together. Henry knows that even though it is summer break it is important for him and his handler to keep their skills sharp by continuing to learn and practice over the summer break.

Henry earned his “Pups on Patrol” credentials from the Denver Police Department – District 3 yesterday.  He worked with Officer Jim Lopez.

Every few weeks, Denver Police Department invites dog owners to attend their Pups on Patrol class to allow dogs and their handlers to be certified in helping to sniff out crime in the Denver Metro area. The Pups-On-Patrol program gives dog owners (and dogs), the tools and tricks to effectively observe and report suspicious activity. So now Henry The Wonder Reading Dog is helping to take a bite out crime by being an extra set of eyes and ears for the Denver Police Department. Through hard work and continuous training Henry the Wonder Reading Dog has gone from an abandoned hurt stray to one great dog helping kiddos and keeping our communities safe. We are so proud of him and his handler. Go Henry!

You can learn more about the Pups on Patrol program by watching this quick video on Frankie Frankie is also a certified Pups on Patrol.

SMM: Pups on Patrol

SUNDAY MATINEE MINUTE: PUPS ON PATROLFrankie is just one of 137 honorary Denver Police K-9's certified through our Pups on Patrol program and today we're taking you on patrol with her! Watch now to learn about the program and if you (and your pup) are interested in joining, the next training class is December 12, 2017 at the Denver Police District 1 station. To RSVP, please email robert.gibbs@denvergov.org.

Posted by Denver Police Department on Sunday, December 3, 2017

What can you do to keep your skills sharpened over the summer break?

Henry is encouraging you all to continue to sharpen your reading skills over the summer break by registering for and participating in the Jefferson County Library Rock the Books free summer reading program. Register today and start logging minutes beginning June 1st.

Henry’s Challenge

Henry is challenging our leprechauns to log the most minutes for a Jefferson County Elementary school and have a chance to win an $800.00 for our school. He is also challenging the entire county to log 40 million minutes for a $500.00 donation to the Foothills Animal Shelter to help his fellow friends that have not found their forever home.

More from Henry:

Henry| Introduction

Henry| His story 

Henry Explains| Lexile reading levels and how they can be used

Henry| My First Book Review 

Henry| Checks out Audio Books

Henry| Visits the Denver Public Library

 

 

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2018 End of Year Post | Your Feedback is requested

We wanted to take a moment and thank you all for your support of the Green Gables PTA this year. There is definitely a renewed energy in our little school, and we could not do what we do without our volunteers, board members, and supporters. We are looking forward to an even more successful year for the 2018/2019 school year.

The PTA wanted to give you a brief recap of the year and receive your feedback for next year on  how together we can continue to support our kids, staff, and community.  Please take a moment to provide your feedback by completing our end of year survey. We need to hear from you!

Quick Recap:

  • Fundraising
    • Read-A-Thon
    • Food Night outs : Chipolte|Magills | Bucks BBQ
    • Worlds Finest Chocolate
    • Run 4 Funds
    • Box Tops
    • Amazon Smile
    • Shutterfly
    • Business Sponsorships
    • Holiday shop
  • Donations: A high level look
    • $4K – The library Revamp
    • $2450 – Teacher Support
    • $200 – Technology
    • $1000- Outdoor Lab
    • $2100- In Field Trips
    • $575- The Giving Tree
    • $100 – Bear Creek Scholarship (3 of our alum were recipients)
    • $100 – Playground equipment
    • $200 – Joy’s Kitchen
  • Events
    • After School club program
    • Science Exploration Night
    • Grade Night gatherings
    • Talent Show
    • Neighborhood Night out
    • 50th Year celebration
    • Moms 4 Muffins/Dads for Donuts
    • Teacher Appreciation Week
    • Race To Read
    • St Patricks Day Parade
    • Jefferson County Library Summer Reading Program

How you can support our school thru the summer months:

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Henry| The Reading Wonder Dog| Part 1

Henry the Reading Wonder Dog is getting geared up for the Jeffco Library Free Summer Reading Program “Rock the Books” beginning June 1st, 2018! He is encouraging all Green Gables Families to register to win prizes June 1- July 31st by clocking reading minutes for our school. If the school earns the most minutes for an elementary school we have a chance to win $800.00. If Jefferson County reads 40 million minutes the library will donate $500.00 to the Foothills Animal shelter!

What does Henry need you to do today?

  1. Sign up today at Jeffcolibrary.org
  2. Choose Green Gables as your school
  3. Start logging your minutes as a family June 1st – July 31st !

Where did Henry come from?

Henry was found on an Indian Reservation in Gallop New Mexico wandering the streets alone. He was injured. The Gallop animal police received an anonymous call to pick up Henry.  They contacted Western Aussie Rescue to see if they had a foster home to help rehabilitate Henry.  A foster home was found for Henry in  Cheyenne Wyoming. Henry began his journey to becoming “Henry the Reading Wonder Dog”.

Henry is about 1.5 years old.  He is a ‘south paw’ because his left ear flops over.  So we think that Henry is left handed. When Henry was first brought to his foster home he could not climb stairs, he did not play with toys, he did not get along with other dogs, he did not trust people,  and he did not have good house manners. His foster parents in Cheyenne Wyoming worked very hard to improve Henry’s skills and manners so that he could find a forever home.  Through patience, consistency, love, support,  and hard work at his foster home in Wyoming Henry’s basic skills quickly came along. Henry found a forever home in the suburbs outside of Denver, Colorado.

Henry had many doctor appointments to mend his skin and injuries he sustained while out on the streets in Gallop New Mexico. In Wyoming Henry learned how to play with other dogs, trust the company of humans, and he had started to have good house manners. Shortly after arriving in his forever home his new parents decided it was time to send Henry to school. Henry was enrolled in a nearby school for dogs and started to work with a very special trainer named Erica.

Erica is a Professional Dog Trainer. She used positive training methods with Henry to help him master his social skills with both people and his fellow classmates at school. Erica never used the word ‘No’ with Henry. She used words like ‘Aa-Oh’ so that Henry would know when his behavior needed self correction. Erica was very patient with Henry. She rewarded Henry for good behavior with food and positive reinforcement.  Henry and Erica worked one on one. Henry needed the extra one on one attention to help him catch up to his fellow classmates at school. Consistency, positive reinforcement, care, and patience paid off for Henry.  Henry completed the Canine Good Citizen Certification (CGC) in February,  2017.  It was a great accomplishment for Henry.  Everyone was very proud of Henry and his CGC certificate. The CGC certificate was not just a piece of paper. It was a recognition of the hard work, patience, and support that everyone worked together   to help him achieve.  The once lone dog who walked the streets injured and by himself was now a “certified good citizen” surrounded by people who supported him and cared for him. Henry was now a part of an elite group of dogs that had earned the GOLD standard of behavior for dogs  awarded by  the Animal Kennel Club (AKC).

Henry’s forever parents worked directly with Erica in finding ways for Henry to share his story and his ‘zen’ energy with kids and other dogs. In January 2017 Henry was enrolled with HABIC (Human Animal Bond In Colorado).  The groups mission is to “improve the quality of life for people of all ages through the therapeutic use of companion animals.” Henry completed level 3 training in March of 2018.

Henry is now excited to share with our Green Gables students his love of reading and more of his story of perseverance to becoming Henry the Reading Wonder Dog!

He is challenging you all to register today for the Jefferson County Library Free Summer Reading program “Rock the Books” and also become a Reading Wonder.

Look for more information on Henry and his journey in an upcoming post soon!

More from Henry:

Henry| Introduction

Henry| Takes a summer class 

Henry Explains| Lexile reading levels and how they can be used

Henry| My First Book Review 

Henry| Checks out Audio Books

Henry| Visits the Denver Public Library

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Henry | The Reading Wonder Dog

Who is Henry ?

Henry is a very a special dog. He helps children at school with reading, patience, and kindness. Henry is a recent graduate of the HABIC ( Human Animal Bond in Colorado) program.

We are very excited to have  Henry  help our Green Gables families participate this summer in the Jefferson County Library “Rock the Books” Summer Reading program. Henry wants our  Green Gables families to read lot’s of minutes this summer. That’s right the whole family can participate!

Henry loves to read! He especially likes to encourage people to read even if they struggle and to keep on trying! Henry has lot’s of tips and tricks to help you read! You see Henry had a hard time learning at first , but you should see him now! Thru hard work, support, and patience Henry is  a thriving mentor and teacher. He has a great story… which we will tell you ALL about  very very soon.

The Jefferson County Library summer reading program will award the schools with the highest reading minutes an $800 grant. If  we as a county  read 40 million minutes the library will donate $500.00 to the Foothills Animal shelter to help  dogs like Henry find their forever home, and make a difference!

Henry is giving the Jefferson County Library summer reading program two paws up and is encouraging you all to register today to Rock the Books!

What does Henry need you to do today?

  1. Sign up today at Jeffcolibrary.org
  2. Choose Green Gables as your school
  3. Start logging your minutes as a family June 1st – July 31st !

 

Stay Tuned for Henry’s full story…

We know you will love to learn about Henry and how he became a therapy dog. His journey brought him all the way from a reservation in New Mexico to the suburbs of Colorado.

Henry  will be making appearances through out the summer on our GG PTA blog and Facebook page to encourage you to log those minutes this summer and ROCK THE BOOKS!

More from Henry:

Henry| His story 

Henry| Takes a summer class 

Henry Explains| Lexile reading levels and how they can be used

Henry| My First Book Review 

Henry| Checks out Audio Books

Henry| Visits the Denver Public Library

REGISTER TODAY

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Green Gables PTA| Buy Sell and Trade

The Green Gabbles PTA is excited to announce our Buy| Sell | Trade Facebook Market Place. This is a forum provided to our Green Gables Families and staff to buy sell and trade items with our community. This is a free service and is a closed Facebook  group. To participate you must request membership.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/GGPTABUYSELLTRADE

Please take a moment to read about the group :

This page is to assist Green Gables Elementary families and staff to buy sell and trade only. No spam, no venting, no public shaming, and no bullying. Absolutely no pet sales.

Please ensure that all posts are priced and do not include “PM for info.” All relevant info should be included in the post including price method of trade and delivery. Green Gables Elementary PTA is not responsible and will not assist in disputes between parties. This is a forum only created for you to post items to our community. You must be a current Green Gables Elementary family to participate in the group. We will review your profile and have the right to remove any posts.

This is a closed group and membership must be requested by joining the group. Feel free to report any inappropriate posts. If you are a business owner we ask that you evaluate the appropriateness of your business to the school community. Green Gables PTA does accept business sponsorship as a membership and will market your business or service there and thru newsletters. You are welcome to price items here for sale or trade. To view our business sponsorship opportunities please see http://ptagreengables.com/membership/.

 

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Did you happen to catch the Family Science Night in Mid- March?

Our Science Fair Committee coordinated the 2nd year of fun and interactive exhibitors for our budding student scientists! In addition to a lot of great exhibitors, we also had a selfie photo booth, pizza and lots of great science-themed prizes for students.

A special thanks to our group of volunteers and exhibitors:

  • Audubon Society – Beavers and the tools they use to swim and live in and around the water. Students even got to try out all the gear they would need to swim like a beaver!
  • Bear Creek High School – These students love science and loved sharing it with Green Gables. Slime and marshmallows in a vacuum were a big hit!
  • Carmody Middle School – 7th 8th grade science with Air Cannons
  • CU Student Academy of Audiology – A great model with pink hair and some graduate students helped us ALL understand how loud is too loud on those headphones!
  • Environmental Protection Agency  – Testing our recycling knowledge and exploring where our waste goes.
  • Fish and Wildlife Service – They brought in Animal pelts and bones and taught us about tracks.
  • Green Gables PTA – spraying vinegar and watching gold or shamrocks turn to mush. A chemical reaction!
  • Intuitive Machines– Straw rockets, powered by kids. Those things shot everywhere!
  • Lakewood Parks and Recreation close your eyes, tilt your head, does it feel differently to walk or stand when one of your senses is off?
  • Morrison Natural History Museum Touching allowed! Dino bones from millions of years ago to creatures of today, kids loved to touch everything on the table!
  • National Renewable Energy Lab– Who could not have had fun trying to get the light bulb to light or to measure wind?
  • Play-Well Teknologies – gears and pulleys plus Legos – hours of entertainment!
  • Sustainable Southern Gables– We learned all about the plant cycle. There is for sure some really cool stuff going to happen in our garden this year! Don’t forget to come to the Grand Opening 4/22
  • Water for People – Here we learned all about water conversation and how to keep our waters clean.

 

And our success was recognized on the Jeffco Public Schools Facebook Page!

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