Lakewood a finalist for 2016 All-America City Award!
Your city is in the running, once again, for an award that’s sort of like a national championship.
Lakewood has been named a finalist for the 2016 All-America City Award, a prestigious national award given to 10 communities each year. Lakewood previously won the award in 2011.
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The award celebrates and recognizes trailblazing efforts to bring residents, local government, businesses and nonprofit groups together to tackle the most pressing local issues. This year, the awards are focused on collaborations that ensure all children are healthy and supported in school and life.
Lakewood will compete against 20 other cities for the 2016 award, and each of the finalists will give a presentation to a jury of civic, business and community leaders from across the country during the annual All-America City Conference from June 16 to 19 at the Sheraton in downtown Denver. The jury will announce the 10 winners at end of the conference. The fellow finalists this year range from the seventh-largest city in America (San Antonio) to a town of only 7,000 people (Hartsville, South Carolina).
The application for the award involves presenting three projects that demonstrate community collaboration:
- Mountair Park Community Farm – This project highlights the creation of the first community farm in Lakewood and the role it has played in supporting the surrounding neighborhood as well as students and families at Molholm Elementary School in Lakewood including the creation of the Mountair Summer Camp.
- Lakewood Linked – This mayor-initiated effort is designed to build better connections from neighbor to neighbor, residents to businesses, churches to businesses and businesses with schools. Lakewood Linked has fostered neighborhood connections and volunteer projects, and it launched the Lakewood Faith Coalition, which has played a major role in bringing the Whiz Kids mentoring and literacy support program first to Foothills Elementary School in Lakewood and then expanded it to six Lakewood elementary schools.
- Schools as Hubs – Viewing schools as critically important community hubs is not new, but the idea of what should be included in that hub and how services can be delivered through that hub has changed – or rather intensified to take on a new urgency. This project outlines numerous and wide ranging community efforts that work with and through schools to provide support to students and their families, particularly highlighting the Field of Dreams project at Foothills Elementary School and major initiatives at Stein Elementary School in Lakewood.
Lakewood won the first time it applied for an All-America City Award in 2011, and that same year the City won the first-ever Diversity Award for its extraordinary and innovative success in advancing diversity and inclusiveness in the community.
The award is given by the National Civic League, which was founded in 1949 by Theodore Roosevelt and other national leaders to strengthen democracy and to build healthy, prosperous communities that are open, accountable and effective. Learn more at ncl.org.