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Category: Youth Initiative

America’s Vaping crisis comes home to Colorado and Chaffee County

As alarming as the diseases being reported are, the prevelance of vaping behavior is even more shocking. According to the 2017 Healthy Kids Colorado Survey, 27 percent of Colorado teens report vaping behavior, which is the highest vaping rate in the nation. Chaffee County youth vaping rates are even higher – 44 percent of Chaffee County youth report that they have tried or are vaping.

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Longfellow Elementary School wins $15,000 Colorado Succeeds prize

“Wow! First all to our kids in our community in Salida, nicely done everybody! Thanks to everyone who is part of bringing this together. We can’t say enough about an effort to value our teachers and people who work with kids in school. It never happens enough and it’s a wonderful thing to see happen.

Chuck McKenna
Longfellow Elementary Principal

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Longfellow Elementary School in the Salida School District is a finalist for “The Succeeds Prize”

“While we don’t know what jobs our kids will have in the future, we do know they will need ingenuity, collaboration and emotional intelligence to succeed. By highlighting schools getting it right, Colorado Succeeds hopes to provide a roadmap for other schools and districts, effectively ending Colorado’s skills gap.”
Jennifer Shermer
Spokesperson for the Colorado Succeeds School Prize

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