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Acts of Kindness

Name Connection to STEM Who Benefitted? What Was Done?
Karyn Weiffenbach Current Parents The Castillos Coordinated with Seven Stones Cemetery for the Castillos to receive messages from our community
Janet Arnold Current Parent Children's Hospital Mailed off 365 hearts of gratitude to the workers at Children's
Nicole Smith, Rudy Lukez, Roy Martinez, Thomas Wendling, Jeff Berg, Trevor Kilpatrick, Ramesh Thatavarthi Board of Directors STEM Community Created a video to share with the STEM Community.
Douglas County Libraries Community Partner STEM Community Created a video to share with the STEM Community
Douglas County Sheriff's Office & South Metro Fire Community Partner STEM Seniors Gathered together to create video messages for STEM Seniors.
Littleton Adventist Hospital Community Partner STEM Community LAH staff shared photos of solidarity with signs that said #STEMStrong
Graham Thompson Current Student DCSO I made a coffee cake and a thank you card and took it to the sheriff substation close to STEM
Susan Montgomery Current Parent STEM Community We participated in STEM's car procession today and my husband created a time lapse of it:
Beth Boen Current Parent Two families - our neighbor who has cancer and another person who has a disability. For our neighbor with cancer, we assisted in helping repair a fallen down fence. For the person we know with a disability whose caregiver is sick, we made hot meals, sides and desserts that they can easily heat up with no preparation. We delivered enough prepared food for for a week.
Anonymous Current Parent Elderly We wrote letters to some elderly members of our family who are in a senior living home not allowing visitors at this time.
Anonymous Current Parent Teachers We also planted flowers for our teachers and sent them homemade gifts for Teacher Appreciation Week
Anonymous Current Parent Neighbors We distributed bundles of face masks to several of our neighbors most of whom fall in the senior category and higher risk; over 30 masks distributed.
Haylee Fustich Current Student South Platte Our family painted stones. While leaving the stones outside on trails today we picked up garbage.
Christine Logue Current Staff Peakview Assisted Living and Memory Care We painted 37 5x7 paintings for their residents to spread joy to those living there that cannot be visited by their family members at this time.
Hannah Reese Current Staff Various Individuals I wrote thank you notes to the national and local experts and mental health professionals who have provided guidance to STEM over the past year.
Liz Dougan Current Staff STEM Families Connected with impacted students/families.
Anna Magle-Haberek Current Staff An Individual Gave away sourdough starter and bread baking lessons
Stephanie Hooley Current Parent DCSO We are having Parry's Pizza delivered to the DCSO HR Substation to say thanks.
Mike Pritchard Current Staff Former Staff Called a former employee
Maria Moreno Current Staff Neighbors help with their garden
Maura Ridder Current Staff Essential workers, friends, family, neighbors Planting trees, posting signs thanking essential workers, creating meaningful collages and letters mailed to friends and family, sending unexpected gifts to people in need, lots of paying it forward at drive throughs (over a dozen.)
Coleen Sullivan Current Parent & Staff Our Garbage Man Alberto! Jack and his brother love our garbage man, Alberto. Jack wanted to thank him for all of his hard work.
Coleen Sullivan Current Parent & Staff Amazon, UPS and FedEx delivery workers We are receiving A LOT of deliveries lately and Jack thought it would be a good idea to leave thank you messages for delivery workers to see.
Hannah Nikolaev Current Student Nursing Homes, Hospitals & Neighbors I am sewing masks that I can disinfect and donate to places that need them to prolong the life of N95 masks. We are in the process of hanging the masks on a tree in our neighborhood (sterilized + sealed in bags) allowing anyone who needs them to grab them.
Kelly Murphy Current Parent Adopt a Senior Our family adopted a 2020 Graduate from Missouri. We will be sending him several gifts to brighten his day over the next few weeks. We specially chose a student who is mildly on the Autism spectrum.
Kelly Murphy Current Parent Our Neighbors My children dropped off plates of doughnuts to our neighbors to brighten their day.
Asher DeCrescenzo Current Student My Family Took part in the Run for the Fallen
Stephanie Mendrala Current Staff Neighbors Delivered cards to my neighbors
Coleen Sullivan Current Staff Neighbors Jack painted rocks with uplifting pictures and messages and left a rock on the doorstep of each house on our cul de sac.
Abbi Kaplan Current Staff Neighbors Donate homemade cookies to neighborhood.
Tobi Anderson Current Parent HS Senior from KIPP Denver Collegiate HS ‘Adopt’ a senior graduation gift
Tobi Anderson Current Parent STEM Community Participate in car procession
Alexa Nichols Current Staff A friend Took birthday cookies to a friend to help her celebrate her 13th in quarantine.

Act of Service

Name Connection to STEM Who Benefitted? Hours of Service What Was Done?
Karyn Weiffenbach
Current Parent STEM Community 4 Coordinated a car procession for the community to participate in on the one year mark
Nicole Bostel
Current Staff Village XChange Aurora 4 Delivered food to those in need
Michelle Gasser Current Staff and Parent Village XChange Aurora 2 Delivered food to those in need.
Tammy Horlacher Current Parent Heart and Hope center .5 We conducted a food drive in our neighborhood.
Jenny Johnson Current Staff Faith Lutheran Church (Castle Rock) 12 I helped purchase and pack groceries for a Drive Up Food Bank for 50+ families
Kalissa Braga Current Parent Douglas County Sheriff's Office 15 Sewed over 40 face masks
Alexa Nichols Current Staff Help & Hope Center Food Bank 1 Donated dry/shelf sustainable food items for families in need.

Act of Donation

Name Connection to STEM Organization donated to Amount of Donation
Nicole Bostel Current Staff I5City Church $120
Liz Dougan Current Staff Cat Care Society $100
Liz Dougan Current Staff The Gathering Place $100
Hannah Reese Current Staff Food Bank of the Rockies $60
Mike Pritchard Current Staff Beyond Home $200
Chris Smith Current Staff Feeding America $100
Karyn Weiffenbach Current Parent Food Bank of the Rockies (at the request of DCSO) $1860 (Various Donators)
Karyn Weiffenbach Current Parent Make4Covid My son used his 3D printer to print and donate 60 items of PPE. Both visor bands and ear buckles.
Nicole Bostel Current Staff Children's Hospital Blood Bank Donated Blood
Nicole Bostel Current Staff STEM Community I made candles to donate to the STEM community to show that they are a light in our community. Left them at the school for anyone to take.