HERE'S WHAT'S UP WITH ROOTS!
Roots Community School Closes its Doors
February 2018: Though Roots submitted a well-supported proposal to EVICS to provide infant care and family recreation programs, EVICS' proposal to the Town for use of a town-owned building was sadly denied. Without the proper local infrastructure to support a collaborative effort such as Roots, the organization is not able to support itself through what would be many more years of negotiating to gain policy-level support. We are so incredibly grateful for the amazing amount of community support Roots received over the years.
Restructuring ROOTS to meet a more immediate community need
Roots' steering committee is in the process of restructuring our business model in order to provide infant care for local families - an immediate local need. Currently in the Estes Valley, there are 6 total spaces for infants with licensed childcare providers. Roots is discussing collaborations with the Town of Estes Park and with Estes Valley Investment in Childhood Success (EVICS) to offer a Roots infant care program in a state-of-the-art Town-owned building. In this centrally located building, Roots would also offer an inter-generational indoor-outdoor play space specifically designed for individuals of all abilities including sensory-sensitive play areas. The space could be used by families, visitors, care providers, and our senior community and would host community events and workshops. Roots expedition programs would be offered seasonally for children ages 4-9. Stay tuned as we work through proposals and policies to make this amazing vision a reality in our town!
ROOTS' Director, Maisie Greer and Board President, Carlie Bangs Present at EVICS Family Night
We were thrilled to present at the EVICS November Family Night on the topic of Inquiry-Based Play. Visit EVICS website for information about their next Family Night which offers free dinner, a family activity, an educational workshop for parents, and free onsite childcare for children!
Community Weaving created at Pumpkins & Pilsners event and donated to EVICS fundraiser auction!
With yarn donated by local knitting groups and a bike rim donated by friends in Estes, ROOTS facilitated a community weaving during Pumpkins & Pilsners (a fundraiser for Families for Estes) on October 7th. Over 50 individuals from all walks of life, ages 1-100, contributed their creativity and skill. The piece was finished by Maisie and Rhyze (age 3) Greer and donated to the EVICS fundraiser where it was sold at auction. We are thrilled to be a contributing member of this community and to be an impetus for a diversity of individuals to create a beautiful piece of art. THANK YOU to everyone who helped create (and bid on) this piece!
ROOTS Hosts Activities at Land Trust Event
Woo Hoo! It's a Bar-B-Que! Roots helped Estes Valley Land Trust celebrate 30 years of conserving land in the Estes Valley! Participants built gnome homes in the woods to compete for prizes, and embarked on scavenger hunts and educational hiking tours. Thanks for including us in your event Estes Valley Land Trust!
ROOTS Nature Camp 2017 a Success!
Thank you to Estes Park Youth in Action for funding ROOTS' 2017 Nature Camp on August 1st. In partnership with Eagle Rock School and with the assistance of Eagle Rock High School student interns, Roots facilitated a remarkable wilderness adventure for 15 youth ages 3-9. Participants embarked on an imaginary quest to save the creatures of Dry-Landia by demonstrating their skills in collaboration and cooperation, earth knowledge, critical and creative thinking, and physics and engineering.
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Aspen & Evergreen Gallery Supports ROOTS! Thank you to the kind hearts at Aspen & Evergreen Gallery for donating a beautiful James Frank print to raise money for ROOTS. Their 1st Friday event on July 7th was a joy to be a part of. Thank you to all who stopped by!
ROOTS' FOOD LAB program, funded by a grant from Families for Estes, reaches over 70 community members and visitors to Estes Park. Thank you to the Estes Park Community Garden for hosting our exploratory programs and to the Estes Valley Farmer's Market and Farmer's Market vendors for participating!
Rock Inn Benefit Concert a Success! Roots was excited to host WE DREAM DAWN (featuring Sage Cook, founding member of Elephant Revival) on June 21st. Thank you to everyone who came out to the show and for your ongoing support for ROOTS!
Roots delays school opening until 2018. Roots has come a long way since it's origin in 2015. We are excited to be offering our first programs this summer which are mostly funded by local organizations including Families for Estes and Estes Park Youth in Action. And though the opening of the full-time school has been delayed until Fall 2018, stay tuned for exciting Fall and Winter programs including after school programs, mini-semester programs, and more! View current program offerings HERE.
Roots' founder presents at Nature Play conference. Founder Maisie Greer and Roots' Advisor, Sundee Pietsch, presented at the EVICS Nature Play conference in Estes Park on April 22nd, engaging participants in a discussion of the developmental benefits of nature play.
GRANT AWARDED from VILLAGE THRIFT SHOP! Estes Park's Village Thrift Shop granted money for Roots to purchase a bus which will transport our program participants in and out of the wilderness! THANK YOU Village Thrift!
Community, Music, and Kids at Ed's Cantina! Many thanks to everyone who came out for the Roots' Benefit Night at Ed's Cantina! We had a great group of kids of all ages playing music together (guided by the great Jon Pickett), an inspiring adventure slide show presentation by Quinn Brett, an outstanding silent auction, and beer donations from Lumpy Ridge Brewing Co.. Thanks to Ed's Cantina for the venue donation and to all our sponsors and attendees!
GRANT AWARDED from FAMILIES for ESTES! Roots is very grateful for Families for Estes' grant of $1000 to Roots Community School to implement our FOOD LAB PROGRAMS in June. Stay tuned for more information on this family-friendly program!
Inkwell & Brew kindly donates 15% of their sales to Roots' Tuition Assistance Fund!
Roots welcomes Georgia Grace Marshall, an Estes Park High School Senior to our Board! Thanks to Youth on Boards for facilitating this and training our local youth to serve in our community!
Happy New Year from Roots Community School! We are excited to start programming here in Estes, open enrollment for our school, hire our first teacher, and facilitate community events. Thanks for all your support Estes Park!
Estes Thrives! Roots Community School is excited to support the Estes School District in its movement to make positive changes to better meet out student's needs. Roots attends the School District showing of "Most Likely to Succeed" and engages in ongoing community conversations about education in our community.
Roots Community School becomes a member of the Estes Valley Legacy Foundation. Click here to learn how you can leave a legacy with Roots through investments you've already made!
Burritos that Give Day!! Roots partners with Two Chicks Wings & a Henhouse Foodtruck to sell nearly 100 burritos to profit the school and introduce a new breakfast item available in our community. Roots raises nearly $400! Thank You!!
Roots' online fundraising goal is nearly doubled through online and personal donations from our greater (world-wide) Roots community! Thank you to the nearly 100 individuals and several local businesses for your generous support! We were able to raise over $13,000 in just 16 days. Click here to see our progress and/or contribute!
Roots' Steering Committee elects Carlie Speedlin Bangs as the new President and Alice Miller as the new Secretary of the Committee. Now employed as School Director, Maisie Greer stepped down from an officer position on the Steering Committee, but will continue her service as a voting member.
Roots Community School attends Estes Park Nonprofit Resource Center's "Philanthropy Night" event, joining over 400 members of our community in celebrating organizations and individuals who have made an impact in Estes Park through the generous giving of their time, resources, ideas, and/or dollars. A truly beautiful and inspiring evening!
School Director, Maisie Greer participates as a strategic partner in the Estes Park School District "Estes Thrives" meeting.
Roots Community School receives approval as a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charity from the IRS!
Root Down Estes! Roots Community School holds a launch celebration at Elkins Distillary. Thank you to the nearly 100 people who joined us, and to Kind Coffee for the donation of flatware, and to Jon Pickett for the entertainment (and the writing of Roots' song), and to Elkins for donating 50% of the proceeds to Roots! We are extremely grateful for all the individual donations we received, totaling just over $1500 in one night. Thank you Estes!
Roots' participates in Pumpkins & Pilsners, a fundraiser for Families for Estes.
Founder, Maisie Greer, attends the Larimer County Early Childhood Advisory Council Meeting
Roots' Steering Committee hires Maisie Greer as School Director, effective November 1, 2016
Roots raises $2790!
Roots supports "Running of the Bulls" - a benefit for Partners Mentoring Youth!
Roots' Steering Committee creates and adopts the following mission:
Roots Community School:
Providing a diverse nature-based education accessible to all children that enlivens learning and inspires connection to place and community. Hands-on learning experiences and immersion into nature root our youngest citizens in balance with an ever-changing world.
Roots registers as a charitable organization in the State of Colorado!
Roots files for 501(c)(3) nonprofit status! With approval from the Federal Government, Roots will become a tax-exempt nonprofit corporation. While we're waiting for our results, ALL DONATIONS ARE RETROACTIVELY TAX DEDUCTIBLE! Click HERE to show your financial support for Roots and once we're approved, you'll receive an official receipt with our tax exemption number on it in the mail. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!
Special Education specialist Sundee Pietch joins the Roots Community School Advisory Council! We are so fortunate to have Sundee's expert advice and loving support in developing Roots' special education programming. Thank you for being a part of our team Sundee!
Richard Wilson, ecologist, naturalist, educator and Illinois farmer joins Roots Community School's Advisory Council. Founder Maisie Greer is delighted to have the support and expertise of her Kindergarten Nature Teacher - that's where it all started! Thanks for joining our team Mr. Richard!
Roots Community School holds its 3rd meeting of the governing board, adopting important policies for the success of a nonprofit school! Roots also welcomes Laurie Marshall and Erin Miller to its Steering Committee. We are so excited to have their expertise in making Roots a Reality. Thank you Laurie and Erin! Steering Committee Bios: here.
Roots becomes a member of the Estes Park Nonprofit Resource Center!
Maisie Greer, Root's founder, attends an intimate training with some of the world's leaders in children learning with nature including Claire Warden, founder of Nature Pedagogy and impetus for the Forest School movement across Europe.
Chuck Levine, Estes Park's nonprofit advocate and involved community member, joins the Roots Community School Advisory Council! Chuck brings countless years of nonprofit experience to the Council and has been gracious in his energetic support of Roots Community School. Thank you Chuck, for your dedication to the initiative!
Roots holds its Organizational Meeting of the Steering Committee, passing bylaws and policies that will ensure its future sustainability and relevancy. We are now well on our way to completing our application for nonprofit tax exemption!
Robert Burkhardt, founder and former Head of School of Eagle Rock School & Professional Development Center agrees to serve on Roots Community School's Advisory Council! Robert contributes his sage school start-up advice, curriculum development, and school director / administration experiences. We feel very fortunate to have Robert's support and expertise!
Founder/President Maisie Greer attends a conference for non-profit business practices hosted by the Estes Park Non-Profit Center. Thank you to Mr. L. William Schmidt Jr., Senior Trust Officer at First Western Trust in Denver for his unsolicited generous gift enabling Maisie to attend the conference at a discounted rate. And thank you also to Jill Lancaster, Executive Director of the EPNRC for making magic happen!
Roots opens a business bank account and PayPal account and adds a functional "donation" button to their website!
1st Meeting of the Steering Committee! Thank you Carlie Bangs, Tracey McGinnis, Alice Miller, Chuck Levine, and Maisie Greer for being Champions of this effort! Contact any of these Committee members if you are interested in joining our Steering Committee. This Committee, among other things, will be ultimately responsible for forming the Roots Community School Board of Trustees.
Gail Albers of Estes Park agrees to serve on the Advisory Council for Roots Community School. Gail contributes to Roots a wealth of experience in environmental education, program management, and knowledge of youth program accreditation and licensing processes. Thank you Gail! We are so proud to have your support!
Roots incorporates as a nonprofit corporation. Thank you to all the friends of Roots who helped make this a possibility!
Diane Grove, Director of Admissions at St. Elizabeth's School in Denver agrees to serve on the Advisory Council for Roots Community School. Diane is a part-time resident of Estes Park and is passionate about experiential and inclusive youth education. She shares with Roots her wealth of experience in alternative school admission processes and school operations. Thank you for your ongoing support Diane!
Maisie meets with Elementary School principal John Bryant who clears the air with total support of Roots Community School and opens the door for coordinated efforts to truly enliven education for all learners in Estes Park. Thank you, John, for your support, hard work, and passion for creating outstanding learning experiences for all of our youth!
Pattie Ensel Bailie agrees to serve on the Advisory Council for Roots Community School. Pattie is an active force on a national level for nature-based education in early childhood education. Among other things, Pattie assisted in the creation of the Natural Start Alliance, a program and resource of the North American Association for Environmental Education. Though Pattie lives in Maine, she has a wealth of knowledge of the history of our very own Enos Mills and the work he did that laid the foundation for environmental education. Thank you, Pattie, for your ongoing support of Roots Community School!
Roots first major gift of $1000 is donated to honor the beautiful and thankless lives of Robynn Greer and Timothy Malloy. The amazing story behind this thoughtful gift will be posted on our blog. Connect with us on Facebook to receive notice of when it is posted!
Maisie presents Roots Community School to the Estes Park Association Forum, emphasizing Roots' contributions to wellness. Thank you to all who attended for an inspiring gathering and for all the amazing collaborations between organizations and passionate individuals that truly help make Estes a more sustainable and resilient community.
Roots opens a PO Box!
Parent Gathering 2016! Founder Maisie Greer facilitates an idea-sharing gathering at the Estes Valley Library. 13 local families attend and lay the foundation for Roots Community School. Thank you!