Estes Park School District R-3

Innovation at Elevation, Learning at a Higher Level

Estes Thrives

  • Estes Thrives is a youth driven community engagement initiative aimed at bringing the whole Estes Park community together to create a bright future—for students and for everyone.

    Research has shown that learning works best when students can apply themselves to something relevant, meaningful, and inspiring. Like all of us, the young people of Estes Park like to make a difference!  That’s what Estes Thrives is all about. It’s a youth driven initiative that brings students and community members together to work on projects that create a bright future.

    We are in the process of kicking off three brand new pilot projects with a generous grant from OtterCares Foundation in the amount of $2700.  

    • The Tile Mural Project, hosted by the middle school art program will use funds raised through sale of student-created canvas murals to complete a community project that has languished unfinished since 2006.  
    • The Electric Guitar Project will support a high school engineering class that is making electric guitars from scratch.
    • The Bike Charger Project will engineer a green solution to the problem of middle schoolers neglecting to charge their iPads at home.  

    This funding will ensure that these three ideas move past the idea stage and provide momentum to the Estes Thrives initiative.  While an array of projects emerged from the Estes Thrives event last May, these three projects share a need for specialized materials and tools that our district was not able to supply.  This grant will allow the instructors to purchase tools and materials and get to work, painting tiles, retooling old bicycles and building musical instruments. 

    To Stay Connected on our projects and learn about new missions, please visit the Estes Thrives Website at  


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