Westside schools:
High participation in AACL Readathon

       More than 100 of the 149 students at the new Academy for Advanced & Creative Learning (AACL) participated in an optional overnight Readathon from Friday, Oct. 1 to Saturday, Oct. 2.

It looked like a sleepover - and for many students it was - during the Academy for Advanced & Creative Learning (AACL) overnight Readathon fundraiser Oct. 1-2.
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       "It was very exciting for our first time," AACL Director Nikki Myers said.
       Guest readers included people from the Colorado Springs Chorale and the Fire Department as well as a few local authors.
       The event was a fundraiser, with students getting pledges from individuals or entities based on how much they read.
       The Readathon plan was to rotate students in and out every two hours, but 32 stayed all night, Myers said.
       "We had students curled up all over the place, and it was great to see parents in pajamas curled up with their students," she related in an e-mail. "One mom had her feet propped on the wall and held the book above her head as she and her first-grader read together."
       AACL is a charter school geared for gifted students, located in the building that formerly housed Pike Elementary, 2510 N. Chestnut St.
      
       CHS orchestra concert
       Coronado High School's orchestra students will perform in the school auditorium Thursday, Oct. 14, starting at 7 p.m.
       Scheduled to play are the Chamber and Symphonic bands, as well as a quartet that students James Till, Michelle Wood, Aleksa Kuzma and Nathaniel Lohmann formed by themselves, according to orchestra director Richard Kusk.
       The performance is free and open to the public, although donations are accepted.
       In other orchestra news… Seven musicians (Till, Kuzma, Lohmann, Eliza Foster, Lydia Oates, Ernie Glock and Jasmine Kemble) have been named All-State in the recent Western States selection process, in which audition recordings with students playing required music were judged.
       About 125 musicians were chosen in all, out of probably 250 to 300 who auditioned. They will practice and play as a group at the University of Northern Colorado Nov. 4-6, Kusk said.
       A separate All-State orchestra competition, which differs from Western States by including winds, brass and percussion instruments, will occur later in the school year.

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