Latest News – April 4

Art Show in May, Career Fair Moved to October

As the April page turns on the Lake County School District’s calendar, there are a couple of news items that readers should be aware of, as they involve community-oriented, well-attended events.

The Lake County High School/Leadville Lions Club Annual Career Fair: This annual spring event has been moved to October. Photo: Leadville Today/Kathy Bedell.

First, the annual Spring Lake County High School/Leadville Lions Career Fair has been re-scheduled to October 11, 2017, marking a permanent calendar change for the popular event for students, staff and the Leadville community. This will be the 19th Career Fair, so mark your calendar for the new October date now! Readers can check out further details and contact info in the Letter from Career Fair Organizers.

Secondly, if you’re still looking to connect with local students and teachers, then consider volunteering for the annual Spring Art Show scheduled for Friday, May 5. This district-wide show celebrates artwork from Lake County’s preschool through 12th grade students.

The annual Spring Art Show for the Lake County School District will be held on Friday, May 5. This photo of the beautiful student artwork is from last year. Photo: Brennan Ruegg/Leadville Today.

Art show coordinators and teachers, Amanda Good, Katie Anderson and Erin Farrow depend on amazing, generous volunteers to make this event happen, and this year will be no different. This is the art program’s only fundraiser, and it is how they raise the majority of the money used for art supplies.

Here’s how you can help: Every little bit helps!

  • Week leading up to May 5 show, after school: bringing artwork from the Lake County High School to Lake County Intermediate School.
  • Day of Show, Friday, May 5
    • Set Up from 8:15 a.m. until 2 or 3 p.m.
    • Clean Up after the show 8 – 9 p.m.
  • During the Spring Art Show two shifts: 5 – 6:30 p.m. and 6:30 – 8 p.m. Activities include face painting, cake decorating, plant potting, root beer floats /new Frosty Fruit machine (!), card making, cotton candy and more. You do not need to be artistic to help!

Show some ♥ for Leadville, volunteer for the schools’ annual art show on May 5. Photo: Leadville Today

Attendees will see the return of the silent auction, featuring an adult AND child’s season pass to Ski Cooper, a Melanzana hoodie, a stand up paddle board and much more! There will also be a ceramic sale featuring handmade ceramic work by high school students, Lake County’s High School art teacher, and some fabulous local artists. LCHS Band and Choir will also be performing!

For more information, contact Erin Farrow at or 719-486-6838.

Schools Respond to Concerns Over Sugary Concessions

By Kate Barlett, Lake County School District

If you attend the Spring Art Show  you will see a new item replacing one of the root beer float stations-a Frosty Fruit machine. This 100% fruit juice sweetened frozen drink machine, funded by a health & wellness mini-grant, was a response to community and parent concerns about high-sugar, empty calorie offerings at district fundraisers and concessions.

The new Frosty Fruit Machine! Pictured here (l to r) with School Food Service Director Julie Mehle, Art Teacher Erin Farrow and Athletic Director Mike Vagher proudly show off the new Frosty Fruit Machine which will be added to the annual Spring Art Show. Good job! Photo: Lake County School District

According to art teacher Erin Farrow, “The art department has received a lot of feedback in the last few years around the amount of sugar at our annual Art Show. We are listening and taking steps to offer better choices. In addition to the new Frosty Fruit machine, we will also be offering burritos (regular, veggie and gluten free!) at the art show this year, along with other traditional concessions items.”

The 100% fruit juice Frosty Fruit has no added sugar and less than ½ the amount of sugar than the estimated 60 grams of in the typical root beer float. In addition to ordering the Frosty Fruit flavors with the lowest sugar counts, Lake County School District Food Service Director Julie Mehle also prioritized a dye-free and allergy sensitive product.

Since concessions are a key part of fundraising for school teams and clubs, it was important to offer a healthier choice that would also appeal to customers. Though traditional concessions items will still be offered, the Frosty Fruit gives students and parents an opportunity to get in one of the recommended daily servings of fruit rather than a soda at school events.

The Frosty Fruit machine will also make an appearance at the a-la-carte stand 2x per week in the High School. All products sold at the a-la-carte stand must meet the “Smart Snacks in Schools” guidelines. According to food service director Julie Mehle, the new frozen drink option has more nutritional value than other drinks now sold at the stand, and can be priced competitively in order to incentivize the purchase of products with greater nutritional benefit (a recommendation of the Smarter Lunchroom assessment). The funds from a-la-carte sales support the food service department in continuing to prepare fresh foods and programs such as breakfast in the classroom.

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