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Nancy Gebhardt, LS Christmas Volunteer

Helping with the Preschool through 5th grade Christmas has it’s own special set of challenges and rewards, just ask Nancy Gebhard, fifth grade parent and volunteer. Her musical background made her the perfect choice for helping out with the solo coaching. 

Helping teachers and play director, Pastor Tim Cress, pull out students for individualized help made lighter work. Each child was able to focus on their parts, memorize lines, learn their solos, better prepare for tonight’s performance.

I asked Nancy about her motivation, “It’s fun to work with the little ones. They’re cute when they finally get it. To see their faces light up, aha, I got it right!” And I see her face light up at that moment. There is something about volunteering that makes her animated, excited to be a part of something bigger.

One year ago, her family moved into the Denver area and they chose Mile High Academy. That means, of all the schools in the area, we got this family, a fifth grader who adds to our Lower School performance tonight, a mom who volunteers with a big smile on her face. That makes us pretty lucky.

Thanks for choosing us, Gebhardt family. And thanks to all our volunteers our there, you make lighter work for all our teachers.

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Alumni Stories and #SocialGiving

When was the last time you thought about your story? What brought you to where you are right now? Why do you do what you do, the work you do, the volunteering, the hobbies, and all the fun stuff? Why do your children go to piano, violin, basketball, robotics, the school they attend?

Recently, I read the story of one of our alumni, James Harris, III. I got to know James, better know as Tre, while he attended MHA. I never saw Tre without a smile on his face or a “hello” as he walked down the halls. He shared his generous spirit with everyone with whom he came in contact. From the youngest preschooler to the highest Admin. That’s just Tre.

It got me thinking of legacies. What is the legacy I want to leave behind, the legacy I want for my children and grandchildren and so on and so forth. Tre is already leaving a legacy at MHA. He is loved and remembered and he has great things yet to do at Union College and beyond. I want to be able to say the same.

So, whether it be with smiles, volunteering, and donations, each of us has legacies we can leave every single day. This month, each dollar we share with Mile High Academy is also matched dollar for dollar up to $50,000 so that means twice the legacy. Let’s not let another day pass without sharing a bit of ourselves and our legacy.

Go to milehighacademy.org/socialgiving or Donate Here.

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December is About #SocialGiving

Do you know about our December #SocialGiving campaign?

The whole month of December we are raising funds for 21st Century Learning Tools at Mile High Academy. Students get to go into classrooms fully equipped for their futures because of you.

Our goal is a dollar for dollar match up to $50,000! That means every dollar counts, double!

Check out our page at milehighacademy.org/socialgiving for more on this month long campaign.

Donate!

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Family in Need? Please Help Here!

Do you know a family in need? Amy G Law, a Denver-based law firm, is proud to announce it’s Adopt a Family initiative this holiday season. As part of the firm’s initiative to give back to the local community, Amy G Law needs your help to nominate a deserving family who would benefit from sponsorship during the holidays.

The deadline for nominations is December 17 and the winner will be announced on December 18.

To help families and children in the community, consider nominating someone who has positively affected his or her family, friends, or greater community! With your participation, more families and children will have the opportunity to buy family and friends gifts which is often a costly privilege. To learn how to nominate someone, please click here.

The attorneys of Amy G Law are honored to help families and children of the greater Denver community and hope you can help!

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#GivingTuesday

November 28th is Giving Tuesday, a social movement that helps people give back by donating time, money, or influence to a cause they feel passionate about.

Here at Mile High Academy, we feel passionate about our students, our community, the world around us. That means educating each student on how best to serve each other and those they come into contact with every day.

With your generous help we can make that happen.

Celebrated this #GivingTuesday by encouraging kindness and generosity.

Donate, Volunteer, Share!

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Volunteer Highlight – Mr. Gale Page

I came into the office to pick up some work over the Thanksgiving holiday and was surprised to see a grandparent doing some woodworking in front of the preschool. I guess I shouldn’t have been surprised since most days you can find a parent, grandparent, or alum doing something interesting to help around the school.

Being curious (otherwise known as nosy), I asked what he was up to. He explained that the preschool needed some more cubbies. Just like that, matter of factly. Preschool needs cubbies, a grandparent provides.

I love Mile High Academy’s volunteer culture. A need arises and there is someone to fill the gap. In this case, the grandparent in question was Mr. Gale Page. And he probably wouldn’t care to be recognized for it but I think that because we have such a strong volunteer culture we should also have a strong culture of appreciation.

I asked our two preschool teachers how they felt about their new cubbies. Lead teacher Mrs. Lucy Werner exlaimed, “It’s awesome to see Preschool so organized.” And Mrs. Morales thought that it was great how much work Mr. Page did for the children.

So, yes, there is a lot of appreciation for our volunteers around here. They do a lot for our children and our community. Thank you, Mr. Page, for your hard work.

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Teacher Highlight – Mr. Kyle Berg

Sometimes we wonder where our teachers came from, how did they end up teaching, why are they so great? Well, sometimes we actually get the answer. That is the case with our very own Upper School Humanities teacher, Mr. Kyle Berg.

In the most recent issue of Outlook Magazine, his student teaching work was featured in one of their articles. He goes on to talk about all that he learned from his own professors at Union College in Lincoln, Nebraska and what he hopes to pass on to his students here at MHA.

The authenticity with which he shares, the respect he conveys for his own teachers, that’s what we appreciate about his teaching now. Thank you for sticking with it, Mr. Berg. We’re grateful you’re here for our students.

Read all about it below.

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Volunteer Highlight – Jeanice Jones-Mautz

We will be profiling our parent volunteers this year and we hope you will join us on this page. We have so many gifted community members and we know it. We love that each person contributes to making Mile High Academy a campus of growth and learning. You make us better!

Today, we talked with Jeanice Jones-Mautz, mother of second grader, Esti. Jeanice volunteers once a week, every week, in her daughter’s classroom.

Whether working on math or art, Jeanice makes time to be a part of Esti’s learning experience. In the process, she says, she gets to know all the students in the classroom, learns each of their personalities, likes and dislikes. She’s also gotten to know the teacher. She is truly involved in her daughter’s life.

As Esti grows, Jeanice, says, she wants her to feel that connection all along the way. She wants her to know that she cared every step of the way. Even when it means getting her hands dirty on a gluing project like today’s craft. Tomorrow, it might be a difficult math equation, and someday, it will be the big things of middle and upper school.

Also, Jeanice has a new found respect for the teachers and all the work they do, “these teachers go above and beyond every day for our kids.”

Thank you, Jeanice, for volunteering!

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Annual Auction 2017 Update!

For almost twenty years, Mile High Academy has been hosting an Annual Auction, inviting our community to join in generosity as we support the growth and excellence of our school.

This year, 2017, the Annual Auction was the biggest year yet, grossing four times our biggest year to date.  Thank you!

Without you, the MHA vision of living out Christ-centered values in everything we do would not be possible.  We truly are developing learners who embrace lifelong learning and wish to make a difference in the world.  You make that happen with your willingness to support our school and our students.

(Annual Auction Photography by Garry Hutabarat)

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Grandparents Day!

We love our grandparents!  They love us unconditionally.  They spoil us.  They let us get away with a little bit more than our parents ever do.  What’s not to love.

And around the Mile High Academy campus we have an extra reason for loving our grandparents, they come visit us on Grandparents Day.  At our second annual Grandparents Day we had 72 grandparents on our campus sitting in on classes, joining us at recess, helping us with projects, doing science experiments with us, and eating lunch in the cafeteria just like we do every day.  Best of all, they did it all with smiles.

You can see why we love our grandparents so much.  They just make our day better.  So, visit us anytime, grandparents!

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