Central Peaks Region
$25,000 matching grant supports Guidestone Colorado's "Garden to Cafeteria" program in Salida
Recently, the Central Peaks Regional Council has identified early childhood education and development as a potential new focus area. Since inception in 2006, the Council has been interested in supporting youth throughout the four-county region in a variety of ways, from improving access to dental care to providing annual support to the regional Boys & Girls Clubs. In March of 2013, a $25,000 matching grant was awarded to Guidestone Colorado, an organization dedicated to strengthening the local food economy through preserving agricultural resources and educating for ecological literacy, for its “garden to cafeteria” site in Salida. The grant will assist the organization in its effort to provide locally grown, healthy food in Salida schools and educate the community on the importance of healthy lifestyles, specifically healthy foods.
In August, the Regional Council convened the Early Childhood Council coordinators from Chaffee, Fremont, Teller, and Park counties to learn about their work and the issues surrounding early childhood education and development in the area. The Council is in the beginning stages of developing the new focus area, and will continue gathering information and convening with community leaders.
Regional Council Members
Chief Operating Officer, General Counsel and Trustee, El Pomar Foundation
Owner, Editor, and Publisher, The Mountain Mail
Collegiate Peaks Bank, Chairman and CEO
Colorado State Senator, District #2