A Salient Solution

Gitanjali Rao’s eyes dance and a smile lights up her face as she clutches an unassuming bright blue box. A 12-year-old Lone Tree resident and 7th grader at STEM School Highlands Ranch, Rao was named “America’s Top Young Scientist” and awarded $25,000 last October in a contest sponsored by 3M and Discovery Education. The box is Rao’s winning invention—and it…

IFCS Gives Hope in Douglas County

Douglas County ranks in the top five wealthiest counties in the nation, having climbed up the financial ladder yearly, according to a 2017 report from Headlight Data. But for the 25,000 individuals served annually by IFCS (Integrated Family Community Services), the rising level of affluence in the county only serves to intensify the already glaring gap between the wealthy and…

‘Tween Bullying

Kendall was in fifth grade when she started coming home crying because “Ashley” had been mean to her. As heartbroken as I was for my daughter, I knew my instinct to call Ashley’s mother wasn’t the answer. Even if I could help mitigate the Ashley situation, I knew there would always be another Ashley waiting around the corner. So, I…