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The 2017 Community Adventure Program at STRIVE Prep – Westwood finds Winter Adventure

Late in January, in their very first CAP meeting, STRIVE Prep Westwood students discussed what they wanted to get from their participation in the Cottonwood Institute’s Community Adventure Program. They said things like “Learn about Nature!” “Go camping and hiking!” “Learn survival skills and how to make a fire!” “Go snowshoeing!” “Make s’mores!” They also… Read more »

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Cottonwood Institute Welcomes Two New Board Members

Our programming isn’t the only area that has seen growth and improvement this year; we are very pleased to announce the addition of two brand new board members, Joel Frank and Jessy Clark! Joel Frank is a graduate of the Eli Broad School of Business, Michigan State University. He currently holds position as Senior Tax… Read more »

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Community Adventure Program Curriculum Approved By BVSD

In August 2016, Cottonwood Institute (CI) took on a very important last minute project to officially have our Community Adventure Program (CAP) curriculum approved by the Boulder Valley School District Board of Education. This has been a long time coming and will open opportunities for work with more schools in Boulder County. Curriculum approval was… Read more »

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Making Lunch Healthy and Delicious at DGS

The Denver Green School Monday/Wednesday Community Adventure Program (CAP) class recently ended their semester by designing and completing an Action Project. They spent the whole semester learning about environmental issues and how they impact our communities. The students decided that they wanted to focus on one that was near and dear to their hearts: healthy school lunches…. Read more »

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Cherry Creek Shines a Little Brighter Thanks to DGS Students

The Denver Green School Tuesday/Thursday Community Adventure Program (CAP) class recently completed an Action Project to address an issue they studied and identified in their community: water pollution. The students spent several weeks designing and planning a project to address this problem and initiate change in their community. The project that they proposed was a clean-up of… Read more »

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Going Green for the Holidays with STRIVE Prep – RISE

The students at STRIVE – Prep RISE are excited about the holidays, but with their environmental awareness on red (and green) alert, they wanted to reduce consumerism and environmental impact during the festivities. So, they started a series of events just before Thanksgiving break to help their community. First, they sent out tweets about how… Read more »

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STRIVE Prep – Excel CAP Class Attacks Litter Head-On

When you arrive at the Denver North campus that houses STRIVE Prep – Excel, unfortunately, one of the first things you notice is the trash that has blown up against the fence and dots the school yard. This reduces school morale and sends a (wrong) message that the students just don’t care. In fact, the… Read more »