Kudos! – March 29, 2013

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2013 Community Leadership Awards

Leadership Pikes Peak has selected the winners of the 2013 community leadership awards who will be honored at the annual Celebration of Community Leadership at the U.S Olympic Training Center on April 6.

Kimberly Sherwood is the 2013 winner of the Community Inspiration Leadership Award, which recognizes an outstanding volunteer who takes on a leadership role in community or nonprofit organizations. The Modeling the Way Community Leadership Award, which honors a team-building leader who encourages others to get involved, goes to Nathan Newbrough, president and CEO of the Colorado Springs Philharmonic. The Emerging Leader Award will be given to Mike Beagley. This award recognizes a leader under age 35 whose professional or volunteer leadership exemplifies willingness to lead and the highest standards of character and integrity.

Martha Barton, CEO of Pikes Peak Hospice and Palliative Care, was selected to receive Leadership Pikes Peak’s highest accolade, the Makepeace Community Trustee Award. This award, named for former Colorado Springs Mayor Mary Lou Makepeace, honors a leader whose sustained involvement has had a broad and lasting impact on the Pikes Peak Community.

CenturyLink connects classrooms, technology

In partnership with the Public Education and Business Coalition, CenturyLink is connecting teachers with technology in Colorado classrooms.

Their Teachers & Technology Grant Program is accepting applications from teachers who want to innovatively implement technology in their classrooms to increase student achievement. This year’s program makes more than $145,000 available in grants to Colorado K-12 teachers. The deadline for applications is April 19.

Since its inception, the program has contributed more than $850,000 to Colorado teachers, benefiting more than 40,000 students across the state. One past winner used the classroom grant to purchase digital cameras, laptops and a color printer for a student multimedia art project focused on telling the story of their lives. Another winner purchased sound field amplification technologies to assist in teaching hearing-impaired and special-needs students. Another past winner purchased robotic devices to incorporate into science curriculum and science elective courses.

To apply for the grant, go online to CenturyLink.com/TeachersAndTechnologyCO.