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Oprah gives $1 million to Denver School of Science & Technology

Denver School of Science & Technology has received a $1 million grant from Oprah Winfrey’s Angel Network to help the charter school expand.

Winfrey on her show handed Bill Kurtz, chief executive officer of DSST, a $1 million check. Five other charter school networks got money, too.

“These school leaders are doing whatever it takes,” she said on the program that was aired on Monday. “We want to give you something to go back to your schools to make life better.”

The other schools that received Angel Network grants include Aspire Public Schools in California, LEARN Charter Schools in Chicago, YES Prep Public Schools in Houston, Mastery Charter Schools in Philadelphia, and New Orleans Charter Science and Math Academy.

DSST now has two school campuses and plans to grow to five campuses throughout Denver to serve at least 4,300 students by 2020.

The high school now has a waiting list of about

Find Out How Gubernatorial Candidates Put Kids First at Forum

As moms, we are invested in our children’s future and want to make a difference. An important way for our voices to be heard is by voting for candidates we believe are looking out for our children’s best interest.

Putting Kids First: A Gubernatorial Forum will take place on Thursday, September 16. Mayor John Hickenlooper (Democratic Party) and Dan Maes (Republican Party) will discuss and answer questions about the biggest issues facing our state’s children, with topics such as access to healthcare, rising obesity rates, adolescent depression, poverty and education.

Mile High Mamas is thrilled to be a co-host of the forum, along with partners The Children’s Hospital, the Colorado Children’s Campaign and EPIC (Executives
Partnering to Invest in Children).

The forum can be viewed live on 9News.com from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Please take this opportunity to find out which gubernatorial candidate is best equipped to put Colorado’s kids first.

Photo source: AP

FREE seminars on sleep challenges, potty training, toddlers & teens at Children’s Hospital

A few years ago, we were in the throes (or rather, woes) of potty training our stubborn 3-year-old daughter. Our pediatrician recommended we attend a FREE toilet training seminar at The Children’s Hospital and I have been an advocate of this program ever since.

Let’s face it: there is a lot to parenting and tapping into the experts at The Children’s Hospital is an easy way to learn tips or just find support. As a bonus, childcare for children ranging in age from newborn to 9 years will be provided by specially-trained Children’s volunteers. RSVP is required.

The sessions are:

Childhood Sleeping Challenges
Thursday, October 7,* 7–8:30 p.m.
Guest Speaker: Bart Schmitt, MD

Transition to New

Mamas: Families displaced by the Boulder fire need your donations

Editor’s Note: Thank you to the many Mile High Mamas who have so generously donated. I had many moms drop-off clothing, toys and books for Boulder families in need. Due to the overwhelming community response, please only donate:

Warm clothing and shoes, Womens, Mens XL ONLY
NEW packages of socks and underwear, all sizes, particularly adult sizes
Men’s size XL clothing
Toys for older kids (10-12 and up)
Laptop computers (running Windows Vista or Windows 7)
Bags- Duffle bags, suitcases, etc.
Bedding- sheets, towels, pillows, mattress pads, blankets (new or nearly new condition, please)
Hangers

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The fire in Four Mile Canyon has wreaked havoc on the lives of residents in the Boulder area. Though there have been no reported injuries, many families have been displaced or have sadly lost their homes and possessions.

In an effort to offer a community-to-community response, Boulder Rockn’ Moms is setting up The Four Mile Community Store, offering gently-used kids clothing, books, toys, and other children’s items to displaced families. They are requesting your donations to assist in this effort, and time is obviously of the essence. The store will be open to all residents with proof of address within the evacuation area.

Please bring your clean, gently-used items to Becoming Mother’s, located at 2525 Arapahoe in Boulder. For larger items, please call 720-317-3397.

Boulder Rockin’ Moms will also have a list for special requests, which will be posted here. They also need volunteers to help sort donations and assist “shoppers.” If you are interested in volunteering, please go here.

Scout’s Honor–A Colorado Mom Needs Your Votes!

“On my honor I will try…”

I can’t even begin to count the number of times I recited my scouting pledge as a child. As the daughter of a life-long scout, my mom enrolled me early and lead my troop for years and years. I earned badges, sold cookies, learned songs that I find myself singing to my children today, and made life-long friendships. While scouting was not my life, it did play a big part of my formative years.

I learned many skills — from first aid to making the perfect s’mores — and probably some bigger life lessons, like when your mom is the troop leader, you don’t get chosen for some of the cool things like going on stage to dance with the Native American performers (um, long story) because it would look like favoritism.

As a mom to three young children today, I want them to have some of the same experiences I enjoyed as a kid. As a mom who’s concerned about the environment, sustainability, and rebuilding a sense of community in our day-to-day lives, I want my children to be in a scouting program that reflects my family’s values. As such, I’ve been volunteering with a new non-profit organization here in Colorado called Green Scouts.

Green Scouts focuses on healthy living and environmental stewardship, teaching youth

Lunch With The First Lady of Panama, to Benefit Project C.U.R.E.

I often say blogging brings me interesting experiences. In truth, those experiences are also often uplifting and emotional too. That can be said for the luncheon I attended in Denver last week, where our Colorado First Lady Jeannie Ritter welcomed Marta Martinelli, the First Lady of Panama, to discuss disparities in healthcare around the world.

The pair were brought together for a cause they both believe in Project C.U.R.E. (Commission on Urgent Relief & Equipment) – which was founded right here in Colorado in 1987 to help meet the need for medical supplies, equipment and services around the world. I was amazed to learn that Project C.U.R.E. only has a 2% overhead rate. TWO PERCENT. Having worked in the non-profit world for 12 years, I can tell you that is AMAZING, friends. And they take the 98¢ left from every dollar they receive and turn it into $20 worth of medical supplies that are sent to developing countries in need. TWENTY!

Project C.U.R.E. started out delivering supplies to Brazil, and have branched out all over the world since then. The focus of the luncheon was, understandably, Panama. Ms. Martinelli spoke about the history of Panamanian public health, which I was surprised to learn, is tightly intertwined with the building of the Panama Canal. You see, before they built, they cleared disease. And then Panama used many of the principals learned to build their health system at the time.

Parts of the presentation were heart-wrenching, as they showed the conditions

Beat the Summer Heat and Support The Children’s Hospital with a Dairy Queen Blizzard on August 5

Let’s face it: most of us don’t need an excuse to indulge in a Dairy Queen Blizzard® but this is a great one.

On Thursday, Aug. 5, Dairy Queen will host the fourth annual North American Miracle Treat Day, with $1 or more from every Blizzard® sold being donated to Children’s Miracle Network, a nonprofit organization that raises money for children’s hospitals. Proceeds from Blizzard sales in the Denver area will benefit The Children’s Hospital.

Last year’s event raised nearly $80,000 in one day for The Children’s Hospital; $4.5 million was raised at Dairy Queen locations in North America.

Patients from across the Rocky Mountain region have signed up to make special visits to local DQ locations on Miracle Treat Day in an effort to raise money for The Children’s Hospital. One such kid is Garrison Hayes of Centennial. He was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a cancerous bone tumor, after complaining of tenderness in his knee. Garrison battled through endless tests and months of chemotherapy before learning that he would have to endure a partial limb amputation to save his life. Today, Garrison is cancer-free.

“Miracle Treat Day is one of the coolest days ever!” says Garrison “This will be my fifth year being a part of it. Last year, I got to make Blizzard® treats for customers and meet lots of people who wanted to help The Children’s Hospital. I can’t wait to do it all over again!”

For a list of participating Dairy Queen locations visit MiracleTreatDay.com.

Join Tim McGraw in “Givin’ Where You’re Livin’” to benefit local charity!

Country music superstar Tim McGraw is supporting nonprofits across the United States during his 2010 Southern Voice tour. And one of those nonprofits is Denver’s very own Tennyson Center for Children! (Tennyson Center is one of the Rocky Mountain region’s leading treatment and education centers for abused, neglected and at-risk youth.)

Through a sponsorship with Frito-Lay, McGraw’s charitable fund, Neighbor’s Keeper, has identified worthy nonprofit organizations which serve children and their families in select tour cities. Grants from this sponsorship will be made to local charities in 34 cities via The Neighbor’s Keeper Fund. On Saturday, July 31, 2010, the Southern Voice Tour arrives in Denver (at the Comfort Dental Amphitheatre), and McGraw, his Neighbor’s Keeper’s Fund and Frito-Lay’s Fritos brand corn chips will make a $13,000 grant to Tennyson Center to help stimulate and challenge local community giving.

King Soopers is getting in on the action, too, by running a

Win 15 passes to the Colorado Music Festival’s Young People’s Concert!

**CONTEST CLOSED. CONGRATULATIONS TO WINNERS KATE NOONAN, LAUREN GLASSMAN AND SUNNIE BROWN!**

Are you:
1) A mom?
2) With friends?

If so, round ‘em up for this very cool contest. The Colorado Music Festival is giving away 15 tickets for you and your friends to attend their Young People’s Concert Sing, March & Dance with the Orchestra on either Saturday, June 26 or Monday, June 28, 2010 at 10 a.m.

Not familiar with the Colorado Music Festival (CMF) 2009 Education & Outreach Program? Allow me to familiarize you. This great program is designed to connect kids from ages 3 to 18 to classical music. Concerts, workshops, and masterclasses will be held at Chautauqua in Boulder throughout the summer in conjunction with the Colorado Music Festival concert season from June 26—August 6, 2010.

This summer’s CMF programs for kids and families include:

Young People’s Concerts—for ages 3-7 —Sing, March & Dance with the Orchestra

CMF Young People’s Concerts introduce young children (ages 3-7) to the excitement of live classical music performances with programs that include costumed animals, narration and lively music. This year’s concerts feature pieces by

How you can help newborns in need at a city-wide baby shower on May 8

When my daughter was a baby, I stumbled upon an organization that was accepting baby items at my local Target to be donated to newborns in need. It was heart-breaking to learn that many babies are born without having their basic needs met–some are forced to sit in the same diaper for days on end, others go hungry.

Each year, nearly 4,000 babies are delivered at Denver Health and more than 85% of these children are born to families who live below the poverty level, often forcing them to make heart-wrenching choices. No family should have to choose between buying items of necessity for their baby or paying their rent. But this is the dire situation thousands of new parents face each year in the greater Denver Metro area.

Now, we can all help at Denver’s biggest baby shower on Saturday, May 8. Simply donate NEW baby items at Denver Health Medical Center (301 W. 6th Avenue, Denver) from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Suggested baby items:

Disposable Diapers
Baby Wash/Shampoo
Blankets
Onesies
Newborn Socks/Booties/Bibs

Through a series of baby showers, the Newborns in Need campaign collects thousands of new baby items and cash and distributes them to those in need, so babies get the healthy start they deserve.

Want to get even more involved? Host your own Newborns in Need baby shower at your convenience and invite your friends, family or colleagues to donate one or more new baby care items.

To find out additional information about Newborns in Need, please go to www.denverhealthfoundation.org/programs/NewbornsinNeed.aspx.