Kudos! – October 5, 2012

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Book drive to benefit Head Start children

Community Partnership for Child Development has teamed up with Aspen Auto Clinic to hold a book drive for CPCD’s Sit Together and Read literacy program.

In October, community members can drop off new, unused children’s books at any Aspen Auto Clinic location and receive a $10 oil change (time of service subject to availability).

CPCD is a nonprofit organization that operates Head Start, Early Head Start and the Colorado Preschool Program in El Paso County. As part of its mission, CPCD promotes literacy and reading at all levels by getting books into the homes of children from families living in poverty.

“We are thrilled about this partnership with Aspen Auto Clinic to help promote early literacy,” said CPCD CEO Noreen Landis-Tyson. “Parents are their child’s first and best teacher. By providing the necessary tools, we hope that the STAR program will educate and engage parents and the community about the importance of the first few years in life as the foundation for future literacy.”

New, unused children’s books for ages 0-5 can be dropped off October 1-31 in the purple boxes located at the following Aspen Auto Clinic locations: 1619 N. Union Blvd; 4401 Mark Dabling Blvd.; 4055 Tutt Blvd.; and 1755 Jet Stream Drive.

City transportation planner recognized for work on bicycle trails

Kristin Bennett, a senior transportation planner with the City of Colorado Springs Public Works Department, was recognized by the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals for her recent work creating the city’s Trail Condition and Crossing Assessment program, which rates surface conditions, identifies capital and maintenance needs and catalogs amenities to develop a prioritized list of improvements.

Bennett also developed a successful bicycle/trail traffic counting program using volunteers to collect valuable data about how the city’s bicycle and trails facilities are being utilized. The city’s first comprehensive bicycle map was released in Summer 2011 — www.springsgov.com/bikemap — and the city added another six miles of new bicycle lanes in 2011, bringing the city’s total bicycle lane mileage to nearly 100 miles.

Local company builds new playground at low-income apartment complex

Resource Land Holdings brought together its employees at Greccio Housing’s Kittyhawk Apartments to build a new playground and community picnic area for the residents.

The Resource Land Holdings donated $10,000 and employees helped transform the empty backyard at the apartments into a safe playground for kids, a private picnic area for adults and a garden area for the entire community. Greccio Housing is a local nonprofit organization providing affordable rental housing for low-income community members of Colorado Springs residents.

BBB awards two $2,500 scholarships and honors six companies

The Better Business Bureau of Southern Colorado recognized six local businesses for outstanding customer service practices at its annual “A Night of Excellence with your BBB” Sept. 27.

The 2012 recipients are: All Smiles Dental Group/Colorado Dental Group; Champion Windows of Colorado Springs; Endodontic Specialists of Colorado, P.C.; Penrose — St. Francis Health Services; US Bank; and Wilderness Aware Rafting.

The companies underwent an internal audit to assess the effectiveness of their customer service processes. Their audit was followed by a visit and interview by members of the BBB evaluation team, which included independent, volunteer quality assurance professionals.

In addition, two recent high school graduates — Grant Padovich and Josh Sherwood — each received a $2,500 college scholarship in recognition of excellence in education. Padovich graduated in May 2012 from Vista Ridge High School with a grade point average of 4.0. This fall he started classes at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, where he plans to study human biology.

Sherwood also graduated in May 2012 from Colorado Springs Christian School with a GPA of 4.45. He is studying political science at Colorado Christian University. The two scholarship recipients were selected based on an essay written about how to handle a challenging ethical dilemma.

Blazer hosts golf tournament for fire relief

Blazer Electric Supply, along with its vendors and customers, raised $25,000 for Waldo Canyon fire relief in the “Blazer Blaze Benefit” golf tournament. Blazer is a wholesale distributor of electrical supplies.

The money will be divided between the Waldo Canyon Fire Survivors’ Assistance Fund, administered through the Pikes Peak United Way, and the Waldo Canyon Firefighters Fund, administered by the Pikes Peak Community Foundation. Casey-Bergquist Inc. was the $5,000 title sponsor of the event, which took place at Kings Deer Country Club in Monument.