When you walk in the front door of Aspen Academy, located in Greenwood Village, the first thing you see are words on the wall: Be Kind. Do Good. Work Hard. Make the World Better. Four Aspen Academy recent alumni have been highlighted for their work and contributions that bring the words “make the world better” off the wall and into our community and beyond.
Tucker Shearn (Class of 2019) was recognized with the inaugural Friends of the Johnson Depression Center Award by the University of Colorado’s Helen and Arthur E. Johnson Depression Center. During his 8th Grade year at Aspen, Tucker and his classmates were charged with creating businesses that incorporate a social responsibility element. Tucker opted to create a non-profit, Team Up Athletes, which raises funds for depression awareness and suicide prevention and benefits the Johnson Depression Center at CU. The Center estimates the funds he’s raised to date will provide 15+ trainings for students in the community.
In the Awards Ceremony for the Center, they shared, “We are giving him this award because Tucker’s actions epitomize why we are dedicated to providing free community education programs. We believe that through community engagement we can change how people view mental health, and by changing how people view it, we can change how we as a society decide to prioritize mental wellness and work to prevent tragedies like what Tucker and the volleyball community went through when his friend died by suicide. Tucker is our friend because of his personal mission to improve the physical and mental health of our community.”
In addition, three Aspen Academy Class of 2018 alumni were recently profiled in Preserving the Good Life magazine. Andrew Simon, Ryan Goodspeed, and Connor Schultz (all current sophomores at Regis Jesuit), are featured in this month’s edition for their work promoting a nonprofit that provides clothing and shoes around the world to countries in need.
According to the organization, “Since Soles4Souls began in 2006, we’ve distributed over 35 million pairs of shoes in 127 countries.” Soles4Souls accepts shoes in good shape for all sizes and genders.
“We were founded with one rule: Be Kind. What these students showcase is taking that one rule to the highest level by supporting our community and world through important social responsibility. We couldn’t be more thrilled to see them taking on these important causes and making an impact on the world.” said Kristina Scala, Founder & Head of School at Aspen Academy.
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