Westside schools:
CHS’ Pay It Forward begins 2nd year

       Going into its second year at Coronado High School, the Pay It Forward-CHS student organization will host a car wash at Del Taco, 511 W. Garden of the Gods Road, Saturday, Oct. 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
       The washes are free, but Kyran Kolar, the club president, asks the public to bring donations for any of several Pay It Forward (PIF) projects. The club is collecting aluminum, non-perishable food for a Care and Share food drive sponsored by the Student Council, clothing for a Guatemalan orphanage and printer/toner cartridges.
       “Changing the world through deliberate acts of kindness” is the PIF motto. Anyone who is helped is asked not to pay the students back, but to “pay forward” the kindness to other people.
       The PIF at Coronado has also done volunteer work, fund-raised for muscular dystrophy and helped other organizations.
       The phrase, “pay it forward,” became nationally known after the book by that title, written by Catherine Ryan Hyde, and an ensuing movie in 2000 starring Kevin Spacey and Helen Hunt. Earlier in history, Benjamin Franklin and mid-20th century author Robert Heinlein were known to have advocated a similar premise, Wikipedia.com states.
       The Coronado club advisor, CHS English teacher Ken Lippincott, said the concept “is a direct extension of the Arthurian Legend, where knights went on quests to make right that which is wrong, might for right, right for right, yes is yes and no is no, equal justice for all, and the proper treatment of women.”
       Last year, the Coronado PIF's major project was to raise $1,750 to help a single mother with two teenage daughters purchase an automobile. According to Lippincott, a similar project effort is planned for this year. “If you have an automobile or truck that you no longer use or is in need of repair, we would like to use it for this project by either fixing or junking it,” he said. For more information contact Lippincott at 328-3752 or email at lippikb@d11.org.
       The Colorado PTA will be presenting, “Getting the Most out of Parent-Teacher Conferences,” at Howbert Elementary, 1023 N. 31st St., Monday, Oct. 20, at 6 p.m.
       For more information, call Gina Swanson at 634-5750.
       Four students from Coronado High School's Class of '08 have received the Gold Award, the highest award in Girl Scouts. They are Kali Allison, Kara Allison, Kelsey Brown and Erin Hubl.
       Earning the Gold Award requires “exceptional dedication to the Girl Scout Law's commitment to make the world a better place through community service,” a press release states.
       Coronado High School senior Tenisha Middleton scored in the top 1 percent of 46,000 students who took the recent National Financial Literacy Challenge. She received a medal from the U.S. Department of the Treasury.
       David Dickson and Kyle Yeh of Coronado High School have scored high enough in the National Merit Scholarship Program to become semifinalists. They are among 16,000 nationwide who will vie to become finalists seeking $35 million in National Merit Scholarships. The rankings are based on academics, principal's endorsement and SAT scores.
       Kayla Hafer, a 2008 Coronado High School graduate, was selected ProStart Student of the year.
       She has been accepted at Johnson & Wales University in Denver, where she received three scholarships, including one from ProStart - a culinary/management program at the high school level that Coronado uses. The school has won the state ProStart competition two of the past three years.
       The Coronado High School girls golf, tennis and swim teams may not have had the highest scores on the field of play, but they hit the books better.
       According to CHS athletic director Dave Howard, each of those teams (golf and tennis this fall and swim last winter) won the 5-A State Academic Team Championship from the Colorado High School Sports Activities Association. The award is given to the school whose team has the highest non-weighted combined varsity grade-point average.

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