Two new youth-focused facilities opened in southeast Colorado Springs last week. Harrison School District 2 welcomed students from the newly reconstructed Carmel Community School and the Solid Rock Community Development Corporation opened its new youth center.
Carmel Community School is a $ 36 million project funded by a bond measure passed by voters. “I am so grateful that our community has adopted a bond measure and approved capital projects in all of the schools,” said Wendy Birhanzel, D2 superintendent, at a ceremony Jan. 5. “This is a message of partnership within the school district and shows that our community values education. I am grateful that our students can see these changes in our school buildings because the environment really matters. This work tells our students that we hear and love them.
The new Carmel Community School replaces the 50-year-old Carmel Middle School and not only will it serve D2 students, the community wing includes a separate community room and community computer lab, as well as access to the auditorium and gymnasium. “This is truly a wonderful addition to Southeast Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak Park area,” said Mayor John Suthers. “I think it is aptly named, ‘Community school’, because it is truly a community establishment. It is imperative that throughout Colorado Springs we continue to work together at all levels to provide our students with the opportunity to create a better future for themselves through education, for the success of every student and also for success. of our communities, our city, our state and our nation. This school not only helps support our students and their families, but will be a strong community center for all the positive things happening in this part of our town and in Harrison School District 2.
Carmel Community School welcomed grade 6, 7 and 8 students on January 6. Next year, Carmel will host Kindergarten to Grade 8 as the nearby Pikes Peak Elementary School will become the site of United Way’s Family Success Center.
East of Academy Boulevard, Solid Rock Community Development Corporation has opened its new youth center at 2052 Jet Wing Dr., just north of Sierra High School. “I’ve been in the region for a few years, and the South East is one of those regions, I think if we can make an impact and empower ourselves, the rest of the state will follow,” said Nicholas Crutcher, new director and youth coordinator of Solid Rock. . “This is one of the reasons we chose this location, and we have to give back.
The youth center will be open Monday to Friday from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. and will provide a meeting space for youth groups and clubs, as well as activities and services. “We have a pool table, air hockey, ping pong, badminton,” Crutcher said. “A lot of young people like gaming systems, so the [PlayStation 5 is popular]. We have young artists, chess clubs, that sort of thing. We have access to a [food] pantry, so we understand that it is difficult to do any kind of educational things if you are hungry. We just have to create the resources and make sure that we can provide comprehensive resources for all the young people who come in, knowing that each young person is different.