The Retired Employees of Cherry Creek Schools, a group fondly known as “RECCS,” is launching its second year of an educational initiative called “RECCS U.”
“RECCS U is an opportunity for our members, their family and friends and members of the community to take interesting and unique classes that are taught by RECCS members,” said Jim Brickey, RECCS second vice president. He explained that most educators and school district employees are, by nature, lifelong learners who are often interested in trying something new. RECCS U, which debuted in 2018, gives them plenty of opportunity to do just that, through classes including:
• A Refresher Course in Bridge – A two-hour class that will meet four times. Taught by retired CCSD teacher Patricia Cox. This class will help those who already know how to play bridge review the basic rules and learn new conventions.
• Meditation: Seeking Mindfulness in a World of Chaos - A one-hour class that meets three times. Taught by retired CCSD teacher E.J. Rivet. This class will provide guided practice in simple meditative devices and contemplative forms of meditation that can help reduce stress, improve concentration and deepen awareness.
• Manage the Pitfalls of the Internet - A two-hour class that meets just once. Taught by Overland HS graduate Scott Henke, owner of ONSITE Consulting. This class will cover the dangers of scammers, hackers, bad websites and fraudulent emails and potentially save you thousands of dollars and months of frustration.
• Downsizing: How to prepare for a stress-free move - A two-hour class that meets just once and will cover the downsizing process including creating a timetable, communicating with family members and deciding what to keep, sell or donate.
• Election Reform: Bridging the Partisan Divide – A two-hour class that meets twice and will delve into the polarization of politics and look at proposed solutions both locally and nationally.
Classes are $5 per hour, so a two-hour class that meets once is $10, while a one-hour class that meets three times is $15. Most of the class fees go into the RECCS scholarship fund. In just the past few years, RECCS has awarded more than $250,000 in scholarships to deserving CCSD graduates. Each year, RECCS awards ten $2,500 scholarships, but group’s goal is to increase that to 11 scholarships this year.
People interested in RECCS U can get class and schedule information and register for classes at https://www.reccs.org/. All classes are held at the Cherry Creek Schools Student Achievement Resource Center (SARC), located at 14188 E. Briarwood Avenue, Centennial, 80112.