CALHAN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL WINS COLORADO LOTTERY STARBURST AWARD FOR THE CALHAN PLAYGROUND ‘STEP-UP’ PROJECT

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CALHAN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL WINS COLORADO LOTTERY STARBURST AWARD FOR THE CALHAN PLAYGROUND ‘STEP-UP’ PROJECT

DENVER, September 20, 2011– The Colorado Lottery has awarded a 2011 Starburst Community Award to Calhan Elementary School for using Lottery dollars to complete the “STEP-UP” playground project. The “Students, Teams, Educators, Parents – United Playground” project crated a new playground to replace the old, unsafe playground that had equipment that was more than 50 years old. Calhan Elementary School utilized a Lottery-funded Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) grant of $200,000 to help with the construction of the playground.

“Lottery dollars were the catapulting agent allowing the STEP-UP project to grow from a small school-paid refurbishment of equipment to a project that included comprehensive ADA compliant equipment and amenities, upgraded surfacing and a multi-purpose artificial turf field with a retaining wall, said Christine Fischer, project manager of STEP-UP. “The final project scope would never have been possible without the support of lottery dollars.”

The Colorado Lottery Starburst Community Awards recognize excellence in the use of Lottery proceeds in community projects implemented to enhance a community’s environment.

In Fiscal Year 2011 alone, the Lottery distributed $113.4 million in proceeds. Since its creation 28 years ago, the Lottery has returned more than $2.2 billion to the state.

Lottery proceeds are distributed to three primary beneficiaries: GOCO, Conservation Trust Fund and Colorado State Parks. These organizations then provide grants and direct funding for parks, recreation, open space acquisition, trails, wildlife and conservation education.

September 20, 2011
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