On Wednesday, March 18, 2020 parents of students who attend School District 70 were informed that the schools would be converting to a Remote/Online Learning Plan for students.
The Avondale Resident Team (ART) immediately sent the following e-mail to our County Commissioners and School District 70:
"As you know, the Avondale Resident Team has been addressing the need for improved or enhanced access to technology (internet/wi-fi). With your help, we were able to get open wi-fi access at McHarg Park Community Center, which is now closed. In District 70’s plan, all classroom instructions will be on-line.
This poses a significant issue for rural communities, such as Avondale and Boone, where a significant amount of our students and families have no, limited and/or inadequate internet connectivity. We are facing the worst-case scenario exposing our inability to educate the “technology have nots.”
What’s the solution for those students who are in greatest need? We want a collaborative approach with our elected officials and education leaders to provide a solution to this issue.
Thank you and we look forward to hearing back from all of you in the immediate future."
We shared the information from District 70 and our concerns with Ms. Wiseman, SECOM Area Sales Manager, who has worked with the Avondale Resident Team and Pueblo County Commissioners, on a project that updated the wi-fi capabilities at McHarg Park Community Center in Avondale.
Thank you Pueblo County Commissioners and SECOM!
The Avondale Resident Team would like to thank Pueblo County Commissioner Garrison Ortiz for calling us within minutes of receiving the e-mail to discuss our concerns and Commissioners Wiseman and Hart for their continued support of the ART. Thank you to Teri Wiseman and SECOM for making the pictured internet packages available for home schooling in our area! Thank you all for ensuring that the students in our communities will have a fair opportunity to continue their education in an equitable manner.
Census Day is April 1, 2020
March 12 - 20: Households began receiving official Census Bureau mail with detailed information on how to respond to the 2020 Census online, by phone, or by mail.
March 30 - April 1: The Census Bureau will count people who are experiencing homelessness over these three days. As part of this process, the Census Bureau counts people in shelters, at soup kitchens and mobile food vans, on the streets, and at non-sheltered, outdoor locations such as tent encampments.
April 1: Census Day is observed nationwide. When you respond to the census, you'll tell the Census Bureau where you live as of April 1, 2020.
April: Census takers will begin visiting college students who live on campus, people living in senior centers, and others who live among large groups of people. Census takers will also begin following up with households that have not yet responded in areas that include off-campus housing, where residents are not counted in groups.
May - July: Census takers will begin visiting homes that haven't responded to the 2020 Census to help make sure everyone is counted.
December: The Census Bureau will deliver apportionment counts to the President and Congress as required by law.
The Avondale Resident Team is a non-profit, community led advocacy movement based in Avondale, Colorado.
All children and families have opportunities for growth and development
Valuing our history is significant
Our community is friendly and welcoming
Necessity of knowledge and technology is important to us
Direct partnerships with government and key stakeholders are always maintained
Access to health care and community services are central to our health and well-being
Living with hope and prosperity
Everyone is treated with respect and dignity
We are engaging our three target populations to ensure the voices of the under-served are being heard.
Youth: Middle and High School
We have formed an Avondale Youth Leadership Council (AYLC) consisting of middle and high school students. Some members are also part of the Spanish speaking community allowing us to form a bridge to the Spanish speaking community at large.
Members of this age group are actively participating on the ART. The members of the group have attended multiple capacity building trainings, i.e., Advocacy and Language Justice. The most significant event held for this group has been the work with the El Pueblo History Museum, Avondale Memory Project. Numerous elders and their families were able to share their family histories with photographs dating back to 1904.
Our community integration efforts are reaping rewards with the success of our first AYLC Parent's Night. During our parent's night we put into action our language justice training by utilizing interpretation equipment. Thus, allowing the Spanish speaking parents the opportunity to actively participate and provide their input into what they would like to see in our yr. 2 Implementation Plan.
We Are Avondale
Avondale is a community where opportunity and equity are created for all. It is a safe and proud community where respect is gained through creative leadership and accomplishments are achieved through collective advocacy. We are building a better tomorrow by encouraging a productive environment for everyone. Our success is built upon hard working leaders who are welcoming and dedicated to the community of Avondale. To know the greatness of Avondale, is to know the community, it's families and it's people!