The Cherry Creek School District doesn’t exist in a vacuum.
State lawmakers have an impact on CCSD’s population of students, teachers, staff and community members; their decisions and votes in Colorado capitol have real-time impacts across the district’s 108 square miles.
That’s one of the reason why the Cherry Creek Community Legislative Network’s annual Legislative Breakfast is so important. Every year, the CCCLN hosts local lawmakers at an event that’s designed to encourage direct feedback with district constituents – attendees have the opportunity to submit questions, offer insights and express their concerns about the state of the state of Colorado and the Legislature’s impact on the district.
This year is no different. Indeed, in an election year when the local ballot includes several proposed measures that directly impact education in the state, the chance to dialogue directly with legislators is even more critical. This year’s Legislative Breakfast, slated for 7 to 9 a.m. on Oct. 31 at Eaglecrest High School, will offer community members of all ages and backgrounds the chance to directly communicate with representatives and candidates for office.
“This event allows the participants to really get a hold of the issues that are impacting our district, statewide,” said CCCLN President Laura Felix. “It’s an opportunity for our attendees to have a dialogue and find out who their legislators are, to learn how to communicate with them.”
“CCCLN is all about gathering together the community to, first of all, give them a sense of school funding, how it works at the state level and the impact that different things going through legislation would have on our students."
-- Laura Felix, president of the Cherry Creek Community Legislative Network
This year’s event will feature House District 3 Representative Jeff Bridges, House District 3 candidate Toren Mushovic, House District 36 Representative Mike Weissman, House District 37 Representative Cole Wist, House District 37 candidate Tom Sullivan, House District 40 Representative Janet Buckner, State Senator Nancy Todd and either gubernatorial candidate Jared Polis or a representative from his office, Dianne Primavera.
According to Felix, this year’s event is designed to offer high school students direct access to the representatives and candidates. In addition to the questions and input offered by CCCLN members and CCSD community members, the event will draw themes directly from the minds of those who are just entering the civic process.
“Students from Eaglecrest High School are helping to host the event. It’s exciting,” Felix said. “Not only that, but each principals have chosen students from each high school in the district to be there in person to ask questions.”
The event aligns with the broader mission of the CCCLN, which is is a non-partisan committee promoting awareness of education issues, legislation, and the legislative process. The Committee sponsors regular meetings and events to help community members learn about education issues within the district and legislative matters concerning public K-12 education in Colorado. The CCCLN provides opportunities to meet state legislators, members of the Cherry Creek School Board of Education and other state officials.
“CCCLN is all about gathering together the community to, first of all, give them a sense of school funding, how it works at the state level and the impact that different things going through legislation would have on our students,” Felix explained. “In CCSD, the group also talks specifically to our students and our parents and our community partners.”
Registration for the event is open to members of the CCSD community, and is open until Oct. 28. The cost is $10. To register, my.cheddarup.com/c/legislative-breakfast or email firstname.lastname@example.org.