Little Free Pantry makes big gains

On Monday May 8, the Heritage High School cheer team assisted in the ribbon cutting of the newly installed Little Free Pantry.

“[The Little Free Pantry] is important because it’s a way to help our community. Helping people is important to me even if I never get to meet them. I feel like the little free pantry is my way to make the world a little bit better and help support those who need it,” says Bryson Franck ’18.use2

According to their website, “The Little Free Pantry is a grassroots, crowd-sourced solution to immediate and local need. Whether a need for food or a need to give, the Little Free Pantry facilitates neighbors helping neighbors, building community.”

“I got involved through my cheer team. Families made the pantry idea a reality and I was super excited to be apart of it,” says Franck.

The Little Free Pantry is a way to supply food to those who need it but are not comfortable enough to ask for help at a shelter. They can just walk up to the pantry and take what they need at the moment.

useThese pantries are different from other pantries because they cannot stock the quantity and variety other pantries can but there is no requirement of an application before use. There are no set hours of operation, so it is available whenever it is needed.

The pantry is located at the Doctor’s Care Building at 609 W Littleton Blvd.

“You can get involved by going to the website and or talking to any of the current volunteers,” says Franck.

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Varsity Improv beats Littleton

The Heritage team poses with the Littleton team as well as Connor Mudd '17, who put it all together, and the three judges.

The Heritage team poses with the Littleton team as well as Connor Mudd ’17, who put it all together, and the three judges.

The Heritage team celebrates their win.

The Heritage team celebrates their win.

Students had to compete in three different round of competition, each judged based on creativity, plot, character and overall appeal.

Students had to compete in three different rounds of competition, each judged based on creativity, plot, character and overall appeal.

The trophy that was won by the Heritage Varsity Improv team

The trophy that was won by the Heritage Varsity Improv team

The competition was free but to write a suggestion attendees had to donate $1 per request.

The competition was free but to write a suggestion attendees had to donate $1 per request.

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Baseball slams into season

As the preseason expires and the baseball season quickly begins, Heritage’s baseball team is giving their all in order to be well equipped to be successful.

“Our first three games will be the biggest,” says Casey Opitz. ’17 “We’ll play Westminster and Arapahoe right away and then we play Cherry Creek, which is a very good team,  so I think if those three games end on high notes, the rest of the season will follow.¨

Rather than being focused on their rank in state, the team is more focused on refining as many of their techniques as possible to be more successful on the field.

¨We have two pitchers that do unbelievable things on the mound, and our hitting follows do, then we´ll be something to watch out for.¨ says Opitz.

Last year the team was ranked in the top five before playoffs and is hoping to improve upon that this year.

The players have been doing lifting and conditioning to prepare for the season since October.

Coach Scott Hormann has been at Heritage for nine years and has been pushing his athletes to focus more on    the little things that make them better.

¨Every single swing means something in practice,¨ says Hormann. ¨You’re focused on doing things right. These players are focused on representing their teammates and their school as best as possible because they’re so proud of this school. I´ve worked in other schools, and this school really is a special place.”

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Sweet Goodbyes for LINK

The school year is coming to a close and LINK leaders from all around the school have said their goodbyes to their freshman advisories.

LINK is a LPS program that provides freshmen with a familiar face and get guidance because everyone knows high school can be intimidating at first. Heritage specifically has a very unique LINK program.

“Our LINK program is extremely lucky because we get to spend so much time with our freshmen. Arapahoe only has Advisory a few times a year and Littleton doesn’t even have a LINK program yet,” says Emma Kasahara ’17.

To start the year off on a good note, LINK puts on a pancake breakfast for the freshmen on one of Heritage’s monthly late starts.

“The upperclassmen can drive and meet each other for breakfast on these days, so this pancake breakfast brings part of this to the freshmen. It is a great time for them to socialize too,” says Kasahara.

Once first semester is coming to a close and the pressure of finals week is looming over everyone, LINK helps the freshmen study with Cram-fest. The LINK leaders are there to offer help with tricky concepts, or give good advice on test taking, or dealing with the test stress.

To leave LINK on a good note, the program puts on the ice cream social, which is meant “to give the LINK leaders and the freshmen a good goodbye,” says Ms. Solis.

Heritage’s LINK program builds strong bonds with the freshmen, and in honor of that the ice cream social is to give one last interaction between the freshmen and the upperclassmen.

LINK serving up Freshman

The LINK crew serve up ice cream for their fellow freshman. The freshman enjoy the treat, while LINK watch their freshman move on to great things.

“People interact across different ages in other clubs, but LINK particularly offers the opportunity for upperclassmen to give advice to freshmen,” says Kasahara.

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The Spirit Celebration dazzles

Littleton Foundation is a part of the Littleton Public School District that raises money for the schools within the Littleton Public School District.

The organization was founded in 1991 and has raised over $5 million for the schools in the Littleton Public District. They have four annual events: the Littleton Stride, the Spirit Celebration, Colorado Gives Day and Littleton Golf Tournament.

In this photo Spirit Scholar winners, among which is Jonathan Horton. Photo courtesy of Beth Best

In this photo Spirit Scholar winners, among which is Jonathan Horton, Heritage student.
Photo courtesy of Beth Best

Colorado Gives Day is every December and is an online fundraiser through the US Bank. People are able to donate at coloradogives.org.

The Gold Tournament is co-hosted by Littleton foundation every year and is a new relatively fundraiser.

The Littleton Stride is an annual race that Littleton Foundation hosts every year in October.

The Spirit Celebration takes place annually in April and was started in 2011 and has increased in popularity over the past eight years.

According to Beth Best the co-director of Littleton Foundation, “We are confident that the event generated well over $100,000 for the LPS Foundation and nearly $75,000 for The Legacy Fund for Mental Health.  We are excited to announce that Littleton Adventist Hospital is matching every dollar donated to The Legacy Fund for Mental Health with up to $50,000. That means the amount raised for The Legacy Fund for Mental Health will be $125,000.”

        The money raised from the Spirit Celebration will be distributed to Mental Health Team Leaders, The Positive Coaching Alliance, Mental Health Awareness Campaign, LPS Collaborative Intervention Program, and Parent Workshop Series.

“The Mental Health Awareness Campaign is directed in terms of services and personnel, the Foundation has used some of the money to pay for several positions at the district, there is a lady by the name of Jill Taylor who deals with substance abuse and drug alcohol counseling. There is also another position at the district that helps families navigate insurance when they have mental health needs if they need therapy or counseling. When students at Heritage need these services the school is able to give referrals to these services,” says Mrs. Riendeau, School Administrator.

        The Spirit Celebration is not the end of the fundraising season there are still two fundraisers in May, the first is the LPS night at the Rockies on May 5, 2017, discounted tickets can be purchased at www.LPSFoundation.com, the second is the Colfax Marathon Series on May 21, 2017. In the Colfax Marathon, there will be three teams of teachers from Heritage that will compete for donations.

 

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Art needs funding

 Donald Trump’s proposed budget eliminates funding for a wide range of domestic programs that primarily help create universal access to educational programmingFullSizeRender (3) through public media and fund the arts and humanities in communities.

 Mick Mulvaney, Trump’s Budget Director defends these budget cuts on MSNBC by stating that, “Can we really continue to ask a coal miner in West Virginia or a single mom in Detroit to pay for these programs?” , “The answer was no. We can ask them to pay for defense and we will, but we can’t ask them to continue to pay for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.”

  Speaking in generalities just as Trump has done on this issue, it is probably safe to say that the children of coal miners and single moms, most likely grew up on public broadcasting and fell in love with educational programs such as “Arthur” and “Curious George”.

  The Corporation of public broadcasting only costs “approximately $1.35 per citizen per year” according to  CPB President and CO Patricia Harrison. This seems to one of America’s best investments for the price because it can be accessed in every American’s living rooms.   

   These budget cuts will inevitably impact already underserved communities because “rural and minority communities don’t have the kind of in-depth donor base that would allow them to overcome the loss of federal funding,” according to CBSlocal.com.

  The National Public Radio is also at risk of losing government funding even though millions of Americans rely on this objective, fact-based, public-service journalist. This service works in the public interest because it provides educational, news and cultural programming that is not offered anywhere else.

  Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities , William D. Adams expresses his concern stating that, “We are disappointed because we see our funding actively making a difference with individuals of all ages in thousands of communities, large, small, urban and rural, and in every Congressional District in the nation.”

  The mention of “every Congressional District in the nation” is of particular relevance, because after all Congress will have the final say on how government funding gets appropriated.

  In the past public broadcasting has been an issue that draws bipartisan support, but that was before President Trump declared a war on the media and the importance of facts.     

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Heritage Shuts Down for the Summer

Over summer break, some changes will be made to Heritage. The school’s room numbers will be updated and some wiring is being done to improve the internet system for all of the new technology use.

In the district, Heritage has been a part of a Bond Project for the past three years and they have recently decided to improve the wireless system due to the large amount of Chromebooks and cell phone use. Ms. Kathy Smith, Principal Riendeau’s Assistant, is working directly with district personnel to prepare the building for the renovations.

“The teachers will have to pack up their rooms because of the Bond Project where contractors are going to come in and rewire the school to add wireless access hubs to improve the wireless system with everyone having Chromebooks. We are also working with Verizon to improve cell phone service,” says Smith.

The building will be shut down starting May 31 until August 10. Teachers are asked to pack their valuable classroom belongings and move them to a safe room to prepare the school for open access and prevent any damage while the contractors are around the school working. Everyone has to be packed up by the end of the school year, and everyone has to be ready at the same time.

“Individual teachers will not be allowed to check out until everyone is ready,” stresses Ms. Stacey Riendeau, Principal.

Another major change to the school will be the new room numbers and security update. The new room numbers will still correspond with each floor level, the same as in the past, but that is the only similarity. There was a plan to change the floor numbers and make the second floor the main floor, but it was determined that it could remain the same because the lower gym could be the “basement” and will start with a 0. The numbers will be four digits and if the room has an exterior door, the number will include an ‘X’. Each number will correlate with each hallway, but will be a different set of numbers for each hall.

“Renumbering the classrooms was suggested by the district for security purposes, and also for the emergency responders, so they only have to understand one numbering system to match all of the schools,” says Smith.

With this change, more directory signs will be added to help direct new and old students. Some rooms, like the library, will have a name and number on its directory plate, but normal classroom numbers will only have the new number. The new numbers will also not affect where the teachers and departments are. Students will be able to find the new numbers in next year’s planner.

Some other updates to the school will include fume hoods in the art rooms, a update to the current cooling system in the Theatre, hardware updates in the music rooms, and added mechanical units and dust collector in the wood shop.

“We are putting in a new air system to clean the air from all of the dust and particles coming from the machines. The size of the air collector system has always been smaller than what it should be and by adding an updated system, it will clean the air better and faster,” says Mr. Jason Whitehorn, Technology Teacher.

Mr. Brinker’s room, along with many others, has started packing up for the renovations. The third floor has also seen some changes with wiring starting to be put in.

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