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Happenings in and around Historic 5 Points and Northeast Denver June 2015

A Time to Learn: A Century of Coterie


Proud Recipient of the Dr. Syl Morgan Smith Excellence in Media Award, the Colorado Black Roundtable Commitment to Service Award and the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Colorado Media Award

A time to learn: A Century of Coterie was the theme for Coterie’s one hundred year luncheon celebration held June 6, at the Double Tree hotel. Denver Black women founded the organization in March of 1915 as “a group with the simple purpose of systematically studying whatever struck their fancy.” An overflow crowed including Sharon Knox, the Honorable Wilma Webb, Brenda Allen, Terri Nelson, Loretta Richardson, and Leah Nelson-James. More information and photos on page 10.

Hope Center and the Power of Early Childhood Education

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Gerie Grimes, President and CEO of HOPE Center presents students with their diplomas during Hope Center’s June 5, Graduation Ceremony

5 POINTS NEWS wholeheartedly agrees with the Denver Preschool Program (DPP) that high quality preschool is a critical first step on the path to long-term success. It prepares the community’s smallest members to enter school ready to learn and to carry that success well beyond. Data shows that DPP students are ready to learn when they enter kindergarten and they are outperforming non-DPP students on reading and math assessments when they reach the 3rd and 4th grades. As a community paper one of our favorite events is the Hope Center preschool graduation ceremony. The young graduates fill us with pride and affirm our belief that the future is bright. This year’s theme was Play, Learn and Grow Together. The program featured poems and songs performed by the students, along with closing remarks by teacher Ms. Wendy Greenberg. The highlight of the morning was the excitement each graduate express as their name was called during the presentation of diplomas. HOPE Center, located at 3400 Elizabeth St., Denver, CO believes that childhood represents the most precious time of life, when every human shapes most of his other fundamental traits that immeasurably affect the remainder of their life. HOPE Center was founded in 1962 with an enrollment of six children and a staff of two teachers in a building at East Montview Boulevard and Syracuse Street. The center relocated to East Sixteenth Avenue and York Street, to 3601 Martin Luther King Boulevard in 1969 and purchased the property at 3475 Holly Street in 1979. In the fall of 1986, HOPE Center purchased the facility at 3400 Elizabeth. The current average daily enrollment of over 200 children and 35 adults, with an average staff of 30 makes HOPE Center one of the largest community based organizations in the Denver area. Enroll your child today! For additional information visit or

The Hope Center Graduation Ceremony included students from three classes– Creators & Los Chiquititos, Creative Minds and Knowledge Builders


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