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Partners for HOPE Benefits from Donations

The Partners for HOPE received approximately $31,000 in donations from various local contributors and state and national organizations in December, according to HOPE Executive Director, Lori Hammer. She offered thanks to those persons whose contributions ranged from $5,000 to $100 to help maintain activities at the youth center at Lincoln School on North 10th Street in Lamar.

“Our attendance numbers are still up, averaging about 150 students each day and we’ve gone as high as 167 recently,” she said to members of the Coalition during their January 15th meeting.  Noting the approaching Rural Philanthropy Days meeting set for this June in Lamar, Hammer said around 250 persons will be in Lamar during that period, explaining how their southeast Colorado organizations could benefit from grants or donations from Philanthropy members.  “Lamar and southeast Colorado has been under-represented at this gathering in the past and this is the first time Lamar will act as the host.  We’re starting to seek volunteers to help coordinate the meetings and plan events throughout the three day gathering,” she explained.

Hammer and Anita Zavala reported on various Center programs including the progress the One Step Up students have made painting ‘mechanical’ bugs created by the students and artist/sculptor Jeremy Cooper. “They’ve been painting them now that a color scheme has been developed and once they’re finished, the students will meet with the Lamar City Council to request that they be displayed at the skateboard park that will be built this spring in Willow Creek Park,” Hammer said.

The bike repair shop at Lincoln School is also developing now that bike parts and repair equipment continue to be set up adjacent to the cafeteria/gymnasium at the school. Students are being taught how to repair their own, or donated bikes.  A national bike and sports equipment chain representative recently visited the Center with a promise to offer future assistance to develop bike riding enthusiasts.

The Lincoln Alternative School now has 32 students enrolled with seven from middle school and 25 from the Lamar High School. One student who graduated at the end of the first semester will be going into the navy shortly.

The donations from December were made by: Rupps Truck and Trailer, Hutchins Foundation, Community State Bank, Dave and Karla Blain, Adolph Coors Foundation, Lawrence Brase Insurance, Wanzek (wind farm construction), Frontier Bank – Weitgenant Trust, Prowers County District Attorney, Esther Rule, LCM Missions and Prowers Medical Center.  The next Coalition meeting is set for Tuesday, February 20th.

By Russ Baldwin

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