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School districts partner to provide local community conversations


Last updated 10/18/2022 at 4pm | View PDF

Widefield School District 3 (WSD3) and Fountain-Fort Carson School District 8 (FFC8) have teamed up to provide local information and resources to families on topics that impact the entire Fountain Valley community.

Throughout the school year, the districts will be recording conversations and presentations and sharing them online for families to access at their convenience. They will also mix in in-person events (which will be recorded) as well as bringing knowledge and information to families from experts outside the valley/districts. Called "Fountain Valley Community Conversations," the goal of this series is to raise awareness and provide education on important issues faced in schools, in order to better serve students and families.

The first presentation was on Navigating the Maze of Mental Health in Schools. The video was posted on the districts' websites and social media channels on Oct. 10, which was also World Mental Health Day. In this video, WSD3's Assistant Director of Special Education, Rachel Lake, and FFC8's Director of Mental Health, Lisa Zimprich, break down what mental health is and how the local schools and districts support students.

The next conversation is on the dangers of fentanyl and substance abuse. The school districts have partnered with El Paso County Public Health to host and livestream this event on Thursday, October 27 at 6 p.m. at their south building located on 6436 S. U.S. Highway 85/87.

"Our SROs will be giving a presentation on what fentanyl is and why it's dangerous," said Sam Briggs, WSD3 Director of Communication. "Communities That Care will talk about resources for families. Both school districts will be in attendance to answer school-specific questions."

This event is open to the community to attend in person; it also will be recorded and made available online. Watch livestreams on either district Facebook page - or - or the health department's Facebook page,

More conversations will follow this year at a pace of roughly one video or presentation a month.


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