Kudos! – March 22, 2013

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Newborn Hope honors grant recipients

Newborn Hope Inc. honored its 2013 grant recipients at a reception at St. Francis Medical Center. Granting close to $70,000 this year to 14 agencies around the state of Colorado, Newborn Hope supports programs, equipment, education, training and research that advance maternal, fetal and neonatal health care and well-being. In Colorado Springs, grants went to Memorial Hospital Foundation, Peak Vista Community Health Centers Foundation and Penrose-St. Francis Health Foundation.

Colorado teacher recipient of technology in education award

Daniel R. Newmyer, a science and math teacher for Center High School in rural southern Colorado, has been selected by the Astronauts Memorial Foundation, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the Space Foundation as recipient of the 2013 Alan Shepard Technology in Education Award, which is given annually in recognition of creative and innovative use of technology by K-12 educators or district-level education personnel.

Newmyer, a member of the Space Foundation’s elite Teacher Liaison program, was recommended for the award by former NASA astronaut Kent Rominger, who is now vice president at ATK Aerospace Systems, and by the Society for Science & the Public.

The award will be presented during the opening ceremony of the 29th National Space Symposium on April 8 at The Broadmoor.

County Public Health recognized for emergency response

El Paso County Public Health is the first Colorado county to receive consecutive recognition by the National Association of County and City Health Officials for its ability to respond to public health emergencies.

El Paso County Public Health met the comprehensive preparedness benchmarks required by Project Public Health Ready, a unique partnership between NACCHO and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. El Paso County Public Health joins 300 local health departments across the country recognized for their agencies’ preparedness efforts through PPHR. Public Health first received PPHR recognition in 2008.

Palmer High School team wins mock trial

Students from Palmer High School in Colorado Springs District 11 took first in state — defeating a team from Denver’s Colorado Academy — at the Colorado Bar Association State Mock Trial Tournament.

Palmer will advance to the National Mock Trial Championship May 9-11 in Indianapolis. The team will argue a new case and compete with more than 1,000 students from the United States, U.S. territories and South Korea.

Twenty-four teams competed in the state tournament. Each team studied the same fictitious criminal murder case, and students had to be ready to perform either the prosecution or defense side of the case.

Community Partnership for Child Development gets grants

The Community Partnership for Child Development received $211,640 from the Colorado Health Foundation and $45,000 from Caring for Colorado. These grants support health services, including health education classes, classroom activities and behavioral health consultants, in its three programs — Head Start, Early Head Start and the Colorado Preschool Program.

“Support from the Colorado Health Foundation and Caring for Colorado will allow us to continue meeting the social and emotional needs of the children we serve while also providing health education to their parents,” said CPCD’s CEO/President Noreen Landis-Tyson.