By Shannon Maldari
Lady Luck has smiled upon us once again. The second annual, Lyons Elementary School PTO Casino Night, was an enormous success, bringing in $21,000. The enthusiastic people of Lyons made for a full house, filling the gaming tables, battling it out in the live-auctions, and anticipating the results of the many giveaways.

With only two major fundraising events a year, the Lyons community shows an impressive amount of commitment to our students. This amazing involvement and generous financial support allows the PTO to provide students and teachers, with not only basic needs, but an array of enriching and academic opportunities. A portion of the Casino Night earnings will be used to help develop a “Citizen Science, Garden Science, and Leadership Program.” Staff and faculty will participate in leadership training and curriculum development at the Colorado Outward Bound School this summer. They will use their dynamic skill set to run the new program on all Late Start Days throughout the coming school year.

We may be small, but we are united. The unique and abundant support offered to our elementary school sets an example for our children and those around us. It affords our students the tools needed to excel academically and socially, and lays the foundation from which they may build upon to become confident and successful individuals. When they succeed we all succeed. Children are not just a reflection of their parents, but a reflection of the community they come from.

Once again the PTO would like to thank Ax and Oar and our corporate sponsors: Mojo Taqueria, Villa Tatra, Lyons Automotive, Boulder Landscape and Design, CARE Restoration, Baer Forestry, Gateway Realty, All County Construction, Oskar Blues, HiKu Graphics, RPM Mortgage and Bank Of The West.

Thank you to all of the volunteers: Lions Leo's, bartenders, parents, teachers and Lyons Elementary School Staff.

Thank you to all those, locally and in neighboring cities, who donated to our giveaways and auctions: Lyons Dairy Bar, Pizza Bar 66, Button Rock Bakery, Top Knot Salon, Prideful Wellness, Spirithound Distillery, Western Star Gallery and Studio, Wild Game Experience, Arugula, Hefe's Tacos and Tequila, The Roost, Mayama Movement Studio, Boulder Rock Club, Centennial Lanes, Gold's Gym, Planet Bluegrass, Spice Of Life, Rocky Mountain Skydive, St. Vrain Market, Cleaning Fairies, Lyons' Film Festival, Red Fox Outdoor, Wee Casa, Lyons Fork, Farmer Girl, HJB Designs, Colorado Chautauqua Assoc., Cheeses Importers, Hotel Boulderado, Mountain Sun Pub and Brewery, BDT Stage, Springhill Suites Denver, Denver Museum of Nature and Science, History Center Colorado, Elitch Gardens, Irish Rose Drafts, Residence Inn, Iron Mountain Hot Springs, Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park, Fairwinds Hot Air Balloons, Estes Park Resort, Sombrero Ranch, Smokin' Dave's, The Egg and I and Nicky's Steakhouse.

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