Westside schools:
Lemonaid stand publicizes water needs

       If you drive by the University School of Colorado Springs Tuesday, Oct. 2 and see students manning a lemonaid stand on the lawn in front of the school at 2713 W. Cucharras St., it's more than a lesson in free enterprise.
       According to USCS Vice Principal Ryan Hewitt, the sales event reflects the sixth grade's focus on “raising awareness and money for the lack of clean water throughout the world.” The hope is to raise money for Blood:Water Mission, a national organization that helps bring clean water to places without it.
       The primary sales time to the public will be the students' lunch period, from 12:10 to 1 p.m. Hot dogs and snacks will also be on sale.
       “Sub-Saharan Africa is one of the areas of greatest need,” Hewitt explained. “The group we are working with specifically targets and works with locals in Central African Republic, Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia, Zambia, and Rwanda.”
       On average, it costs $1 to provide clean water to an individual in Africa for a year, Hewitt added. “Projects that the funds will go to include biosand filters that serve 15 people, rain catchment serving schools or two to five families, spring protections and wells which can serve an entire village for 15-20 years.”
       Bump-out grant bumped
       A project to upgrade a traffic intersection and add sidewalks near Midland Elementary has been delayed but is still on track, a city official says.
       The funding is to come from a $229,000 federal Safe Routes to Schools grant, which is administered by the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), according to Kristin Bennett of City Engineering .
       “The project is proceeding but it has been slow going due to a protracted contracting process to obtain access to the grant funds,” she explained in a recent e-mail. “We are still waiting for the contract documents from CDOT - Main Office. Staff can't begin any work on the project until that step is completed, and staff doesn't have an ETA [estimated time of arrival] as to when we will be receiving those.”
       When the Safe Routes grant near the school was announced a year ago, the tentative schedule had called for work to take place in July and August.
       Conceptual plans show call for the replacement of the temporary “bump-outs” (which shorten the pedestrian crossing distance) at the Calvert Avenue/Broadway Street intersection next to Midland . The temporaries were installed in 2006, as part of a test of plans for slowing traffic on Broadway.
       Also planned with the grant funds are sidewalks and pedestrian ramps along parts of Broadway that don't have them now, with the goal of making it safer and more inviting for children to walk to school.

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