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Community Asset Project honors Asset Champions

Asset Champions are people who use their time and talents to make a positive difference in the lives of children. Recently, the Community Asset Project (CAP) honored four exceptional educators as Asset Champions for their efforts in supporting the health and well-being of students inside and outside the classroom.

On February 20, CAP representatives visited Thunder Ridge Middle School to recognize Assistant Principal Charles Fritz and World Languages teacher Patricia Gallagher. In addition to their normal duties, Fritz and Gallagher volunteer their time to encourage Thunder Ridge students to participate in the annual Cherry Creek Schools Fitness Festival, an event that promotes healthy lifestyles in our schools and community. Thanks to their efforts, 142 Thunder Ridge students participated in the 2014 Fitness Festival.

CAP Chavez, Cardenas, Rhodes, Dr. Mark Mollica, Cohen, McNally.jpgOn February 9, CAP recognized Dr. Mark Mollica, the school psychologist at Heritage Elementary, and AJ MacIntosh, the dean at Prairie Middle School.

Dr. Mollica obtained a grant to promote physical activity at Heritage. He used those grant funds to develop a very successful running club, provide running shoes to students and to support the Fitness Festival registration of 32 Heritage students.

Linda Koenig, Candy Bhappu, AJ MacIntosh, Steve Cohen, Jerry Rhodes.jpgAt Prairie Middle School, Dean MacIntosh has worked diligently to support Prairie students’ participation in the Fitness Festival. In 2014, she filled three school buses with 171 PMS students who took part in the Fitness Festival. MacIntosh promotes the Fitness Festival with a “hands on” approach, contacting families and working to individually distribute and collect registration information.

The Cherry Creek Schools Fitness Festival is one of the signature events sponsored by CAP, a non-profit partner of the Cherry Creek School District. CAP supports wellness programs throughout the district and positively impacts more than 54,000 students and their families through youth leadership training, Positive Behavior Supports, drug and alcohol abuse prevention, suicide prevention and other important programs.

The Community Asset Project was founded on the 40 developmental assets, which help young people develop into successful and responsible adults. For more information, visit

Posted 2/23/2015 10:46 AM
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