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Mayor Bach and Atlas Prep celebrate expansion
Tuesday, October 09, 2012

On Wednesday, October 10, at 11 a.m. Mayor Steve Bach will join Atlas Preparatory School (Atlas Prep) in celebrating the closing of their $1.1 million fundraising campaign for its middle school expansion and community field capital projects.  The event will take place at Atlas Prep’s newly installed community field located at 1602 S. Murray Blvd. 

“Atlas Prep’s success is another example of the great things happening in Colorado Springs,” says Mayor Bach. “This award-winning school is improving the academic achievement in southeast Colorado Springs, and this expansion is going to give more children the chance to succeed.”

Upon completion, the capital projects will give Atlas Prep a 55,000 square foot educational facility, 5 acres of surrounding land and a collegiate-level artificial turf field for athletics, recess and physical health activities. These projects were made possible with philanthropic support from private foundations and donors, as well as a critical in-kind gift from Colorado College of the turf used at Washburn Field. Since its inception, Atlas has received philanthropic investments from across the country and state, and has enjoyed the critical support of local philanthropic institutions including El Pomar Foundation, the Joseph Henry Edmondson Foundation, the Chapman Foundation, and the Myron Stratton Home.

Currently in its fourth school year, Atlas Prep has seen strong academic growth among its scholars year-to-year and rapidly growing support in the community at-large. Atlas Prep received the Colorado Department of Education’s Center of Excellence Award in 2010 and continues to see rapid academic growth among students who have been at the school for more than a year. The organization’s goal is to ensure that all students are college-ready by the end of their high school senior year.

The completion of these projects and the expansion into high school program will ensure that low-income children in southeastern Colorado Springs will have the adequate classroom and athletic space to grow into college-going seniors.

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