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High school students honored for aiding local nonprofits

Donna GrayGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. High school students were honored for their philanthropic work in granting thousands of dollars to local nonprofits Thursday evening in Glenwood Springs. The students represented seven high schools on the West Slope, including Glenwood Springs High School, Aspen High School, Colorado Rocky Mountain School, Eagle Valley High School, Summit High School, Vail Mountain School and West Grand High School. The students are members of EPYCS clubs – El Pomar Youth in Community Service. The El Pomar Foundation of Colorado Springs gives $8,000 annually to participating high schools to distribute in grants to local nonprofits. The students must also raise at least $500 on their own. Since its inception in 1991, EPYCS schools have granted over $9.4 million to over 5,000 Colorado nonprofits. Thursday, the seven high schools gave out grants of $59,000.El Pomar, with assets totaling $550 million, contributes $25 million annually through traditional grants and community stewardship programs like EPYCS, which support Colorado nonprofit organizations involved in health, human services, education, arts and humanities, and civic and community initiatives.”During the school year, these four components are incorporated into the program through a series of visits, workshops, and activities – all of which encourage and empower students to make their mark at their schools, in their communities, and around the state of Colorado,” said Sweta Lohani, a Glenwood Springs High School student and member of the EPYCS club. Lohani was also recognized as the outstanding student in the club.During the fall and winter, schools receive grant proposals from nonprofits and the students determine which groups receive the grants and the amount.”You have done an amazing job impacting those in need and it is something to be celebrated,” said Alan H. Frosh, program associate with the El Pomar Foundation.Former Summit County Commissioner, now the county’s treasurer, Bill Wallace, commended the students in his keynote address. “You have determined to make a mark in life,” he said.The Glenwood Springs High School EPYCS club raised $1,500 to add to their $8,000 from the foundation. They gave $1,000 to Donor Direct for its microloan program for people in need; $500 for the Childhood Cancer and Disabilities Camp; $500 to the Southern Rockies Ecosystem Project; $1,000 to Special Olympics; $1,500 to Sustainable Settings; and $2,500 to the Colorado Fourteeners Initiative. Receiving the outstanding school of the year award was West Grand High School in Kremmling, which just completed its first year with EPYCS.Contact Donna Gray: 945-8515, ext. 16605dgray@postindependent.comPost Independent, Glenwood Springs Colorado CO

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