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Centennial Celebration of Historic Buena Vista School
Thursday, September 29, 2011

Dr. Alan Rasmussen: (H) 719-636-3308; (C) 719-210-4712
On-site contact: Dick Siever, Director: 719-264-9407

Open House Saturday, October 1 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

The historic Buena Vista school building, which now houses the Westside Community Center (1628 W. Bijou St., Colorado Springs, CO  80904) will celebrate its 100th birthday on Saturday, October 1 at an open house event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Lieutenant Governor Joe Garcia will be a special guest at the centennial celebration, along with Colorado Springs City Council district 3 representative Lisa Czelatdko and long-time Buena Vista school principal and chairman of the Centennial Committee, Dr. Alan Rasmussen.

In 2009, the City of Colorado Springs moved its Westside Community Center from West Middle School to the former Buena Vista Elementary school building due to restructuring of School District 11.  After one year of operation of the Westside Community Center by the City severe budget reductions threatened the closure of the center.  In response to a Request for Proposal (RFP), The Center for Strategic Ministry, a supporting organization of Woodmen Valley Chapel, along with its partners, was awarded a 2.5 year management agreement.  The Center for Strategic Ministry created the Westside Community Center LLC to manage the Center and create programs that meet the needs of the Westside Neighborhood.  

Buena Vista has been many things to many different people over its 100-year history: it’s been a school for children to learn and play, a place of work, and most recently a community gathering place for Westside neighbors to participate in recreational activities and receive needed services.           

Lt. Gov. Garcia was the president of the Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) when his children attended the Buena Vista school in the 1990's and he has many ties to the Colorado Springs and the Westside Community. 

Dr. Alan Rasmussen was a teacher for 31 years and was a principal of Buena Vista Elementary School for over 16 years.

"Coming back here and taking a look at what this school has become has added another chapter to my tenure at Buena Vista.  It’s been a fun new experience for me and I’m looking forward to the celebrations this coming weekend," says Dr. Rasmussen.


Agenda for Saturday, October 1

10 a.m. to 12 p.m. - Doors Open to Visitors for self-tours

Gift shop Open 10 a.m.-2 p.m. selling:

·         Old Colorado City/ Centennial Celebration T-Shirts

·         The Young Fifty-Niners by LeRoy Ellinwood, a long time principal of Buena Vista School

·         Specially created Centennial  Pins

11 a.m. to12 p.m. -  Hot dogs, chips and a soda; suggested donation $2

12 to 1 p.m.    Welcome and Introductions 

·         Third District City Council Member Lisa Czelatdko will introduce Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia

·         Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia Speaks

·         Presentation of Governors Proclamation to City of Colorado Springs and Woodmen Valley Chapel

·         Acceptance of Proclamation by Lisa Czelatdko and a representative of Woodmen Valley Chapel

·         Concluding Remarks

1 to 2 p.m.        Cake and Beverage 

2 p.m.              Conclusion


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