Parker News in a Hurry - May 16


Deceleration lane in the works

Construction along a busy stretch of South Parker Road is expected to continue through mid-summer.

Last month, the Town of Parker, with oversight from the Colorado Department of Transportation, began building a deceleration lane on southbound Parker Road that will extend approximately 700 feet north of Lincoln Avenue.

Intermittent lane closures on weekdays have slowed traffic in the southbound lanes on the approach to Lincoln Avenue. Snowy weather delayed the work slightly, but the deceleration lane is tentatively expected to be finished by the end of June. The project was partially funded through a federal grant.

Third-graders start petition for school

Third-graders from Gold Rush Elementary School have started a petition in hopes of making some improvements in the classroom.

Amber Hayes’ class has recently been learning about civics and government and making a difference. The kids started a petition on the White House’s website and they hope to gather 100,000 signatures within 30 days, the minimum required for an official government response. As of the afternoon of May 13, the petition had 263 signatures. The project has become known as Dream Big.

To view the petition, go to and type ‘we the people’ into the search field. The petition can be found by hitting the ‘petitions’ tab and scrolling down. It is titled “Give our third-graders a chance to share our creative ideas for schools with the President of the United States.”

School noted for character education

North Star Academy has been named as a “National School of Character” by the Character Education Partnership. 

The Douglas County School District charter school in Parker was one of 29 schools across the nation to receive the honor. North Star Academy was selected for its commitment to character education and for fostering a positive environment for social and academic learning. Last month, CEP representatives visited North Star Academy to review the school’s character education philosophy and service learning initiative in action.

The school recently demonstrated its service learning by delivering more than 1,400 books to Children’s Hospital of Colorado. The books came at the perfect time. The hospital was hit with a virus that wiped out their library, resulting in the disposal of books.

North Star Academy will be honored at the National Forum of Character Education Oct. 24-27, 2013, in Washington, DC.


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