Matt Meister, chief meteorologist of KRDO News Channel 13, highlights community philanthropy Jan. 9 at Falcon Virtual Academy in Falcon School District 49. Meister presented Care and Share's 2013 Giving Goblet to the academy for the greatest year-over-year increase in donations during the food bank's annual Harvest of Love. Falcon Virtual Academy donated 62 pounds of food in November 2012. From Nov. 1-22, its students and faculty harvested more than 4,000 pounds.
Second graders toss foam noodles through hoops April 25 during "Bulldogs Unleashed" at Meridian Ranch Elementary School in Falcon School District 49. The school's PTA coordinated the daylong kindergartners-fifth grade fitness and fundraising event. While investing 40 minutes to intense physical activity, each grade level took turns walking and running around their school, navigating 10 obstacle stations, guided by sidewalk paint, hoops and hurdles.
Mackenzie Hammers, 18, graduates with academic honors during a commencement ceremony May 16 at Falcon Virtual Academy in Falcon School District 49. Fifty-one graduates received their high school diploma, as part of the academy's fourth graduating class. Last year, when Falcon Virtual Academy hosted its first commencement in its new blended-learning center, 39 students earned their diploma.