Westside schools:
AACL to hold Renaissance Festival

       The Academy for Advanced and Creative Learning (AACL), 2510 N. Chestnut St., will celebrate the end of its first year with a Spring Renaissance Festival Thursday, May 5 from 5:30 to 8 p.m.
       Featured at 7 p.m. will be the Shakespearean play, "A Midsummer Night's Dream," performed by grades 7-8.
       Before that, each of the charter school's classrooms will offer a booth for games or services, with titles including the Chamber Pot Toss, Ye Olde Bakery Shoppe and Jousting Apprentices.
       The event is free, although tickets must be bought for the booths. Proceeds will go towards sports equipment for the AACL's K-8 school's gym program.
       Betty Field winners
       Coronado High and Holmes Middle students totalled three first-place prizes in the annual Betty Betty Field Memorial Youth Writing Contest this spring.
       Open to area students in grades 6-12, the extracurricular activity is conducted by the Pikes Peak Library District and its Friends group, Imagination Celebration and Ken Field, in honor of his wife Betty Field. Entrants are asked to write a mystery of 1,000 to 1,200 words, including a required phrase and six special words.
       Cash awards are given for different awards, topped by $50 for first place.
       The Coronado/Holmes winners, grade-level category and story titles:
       Cassidy Hessong, Coronado, grades 9-10, "An Unfavorable Reflection."
       Ashley Lister, Holmes, grade 7, "Jane Doe."
       Alex Bumpus, Holmes, grade 6, "Colorado as a Coastal State.."

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