Colorado kids share museum visits

The Denver Art Museum has more than 50,000 students from over 530 Colorado schools walk through its doors each year. Thanks to Scott Reiman and the Reiman Foundation, the Free for Kids program allows all Colorado youth access to the world of art.

Reiman believes that all kids should have access to high-quality cultural experiences and educational opportunities like Free for Kids. The program welcomes children from all communities and aligns with the Foundation’s mission to support the dedication of many organizations, particularly those involved in the areas of the arts and children’s initiatives, education and health care.

Free for Kids unveiling
DENVER, CO – MARCH 25: The Denver Art Museum announced that it will offer free general admission to all youths 18 and under. (Photo by Cyrus McCrimmon/The Denver Post )

By providing free general admission for all youth visitors, the program fosters imagination, creativity and learning for kids of all ages and of all backgrounds.

With the North Building under renovation, the museum is now open every day of the week including Mondays and with a large number of kids out on summer break, they will have the opportunity to visit and explore the various exhibitions like Past the Tangled Present which features the work of Denver artist Jaime Molina; Jeffrey Gibson: Like a Hammer; Stampede: Animals in Art, and many more.

Check out the video from kindergartners and first graders from St. Peter and Paul School in Wheat Ridge who shared their thank you letters from a recent visit.

BBBS Sports Buddies Shoot Hoops with the Denver Nuggets

What a better place to celebrate your Sports Buddies than courtside.

More than 55 matches of Bigs and Littles from Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado took part in a basketball skills event last month with two Denver Nuggets players in honor of National Mentoring Month.

Nuggets shooting guard Malik Beasley and point guard Jamal Murray joined Nuggets Community Ambassadors and officers from the Denver Police Department in a basketball clinic at Moorhead Recreation Center in Aurora, CO. The event, sponsored by Western Union, gave the BBBS Sports Buddies the opportunity to perfect their dribble, three-pointer skills, hang out with professional players and much more. It gave them the opportunity to feel like All-Stars.

Sports Buddies is one of the several mentoring programs offered by BBBS. Program activities are designed to strengthen mentoring relationships while instilling self-confidence, goal setting, collaboration, skill development and healthy lifestyles.

The Sports Buddies Mentoring Program provides mentoring for kids often facing adversity. It also provides an opportunity for kids from low-income families to experience participatory and spectator sports. Many of them do not always have the chance to join sports teams or participate in the wide variety of athletics available to them through Sports Buddies.

Scott Reiman spent several years acting as a mentor for kids through the Big Brothers Big Sisters program. He agrees that positive relationships with adult mentors can prove to be one of the most fundamental elements of success later in life.

Video by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado. 

Reiman Foundation supports Discovery World expansion

Discovery World expansion
A rendering of Discovery World’s planned expansion. Courtesy of BizTimes: Milwaukee Business News.

Construction has began on an $18 million expansion project at Discovery World in downtown Milwaukee.

The science and technology center’s 20,000 square foot expansion project is funded entirely by private donations. The largest donation is from the Reiman Foundation’s founders Roy and Bobbi Reiman.

The expansion includes a new pavilion that will be used year-round for special events along with converting one of the museum’s two theaters into a new entrance and exhibit gallery. There will also be a new Technology Wing with two new permanent exhibits highlighting public health, medical research, health care careers and more.

This additional space will allow more visitors including students and local schools to explore more hands-on exhibits and experiences geared towards the areas of science, technology, engineering and math.

Discovery World is also home to the Reiman Aquarium where visitors explore underwater worlds and creatures from the Great Lakes, the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea.

Support for non-profits like Discovery World is at the heart of the Reiman Foundation’s mission. The Foundation and its CEO Scott Reiman, continue to provide significant support to hundreds of non-profit, charitable and civic initiatives throughout Milwaukee, Denver and across the United States.

Reiman Foundation and Salute the Stars honors standout student-athletes

John Lynch Foundation honors local student-atheltes
John and Linda Lynch of the John Lynch Foundation recognize local student-athletes

On Friday, May 12, The John Lynch Foundation held their 19th Annual Salute the Stars awards luncheon at Sports Authority Field. Sponsored by the Reiman Foundation in partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado, the event honors student-athletes and students with special needs from around Colorado who excel in academics, athletics and community involvement.

New Denver Broncos Head Coach Vance Joseph speaks to students at the Salute the Stars event about success
Broncos Head Coach Vance Joseph speaks at the 19th Annual Salute the Stars event on May 12 at Sports Authority Field.

This year’s luncheon hosted over 1,000 students from Denver public schools and surrounding districts and awarded over $118,000 in scholarships.

To date the John Lynch Foundation has awarded $1.1 million in scholarships to over 169 student-athletes to recognize their hard work as well as provide support and motivation to succeed in the next chapter of their lives.

New Denver Broncos head coach Vance Joseph was this year’s featured speaker. He told students that success takes hard work. He said to always have high expectations and while success may be and look different for everyone, it’s important to never give up.

Schoolrunner empowers schools to improve student achievement

Schoolrunner
Schoolrunner is a Denver-based company that provides schools with an all-in-one data system to track various student measurables.

Imagine a tool that offers schools and its teachers insight into everything they care about with their students while providing them with more time in the classroom. Denver-based Schoolrunner does just that.

This all-in-one student data system allows educators to track grades, academic standards, attendance, behavior and family contact information. It integrates with the school’s existing Student Information System (SIS) and provides resources to help with analysis of the collected data through graphs, pivot tables and dashboards. Teachers can also set up logins for students so they can track their own progress.

Launched in 2012, Schoolrunner focuses on helping schools foster strong communities centered on actionable data. Currently, the platform serves more than 50,000 students in 50-100 schools around the country.

The program is supported by the Colorado Impact Fund, which encourages local community involvement through Colorado companies.

The Reiman Foundation and Hexagon, Inc. supports the Fund and programs like Schoolrunner that aim to provide educators with the tools they need to better serve students in their classroom room and improve student success.