Cordillera foundation helps fuel breakfast programs for schools
July 7, 2016
EDWARDS — Cordillera's CMA Legacy Foundation put their money where their motorcycles are.
The foundation's Al Mattson and Michael Callahan were at Berry Creek Elementary School, where they presented principals $30,000 to fund breakfast programs in four elementary and two middle school.
Colorado Mountain College in Edwards is on the receiving end of $15,000, presented by Bob Schmidt and Cheryl Holman for Hero Scholars program.
The Cordillera Motorcycle Association became the CMA Legacy Foundation in 2015 and branched out to include Colorado Mountain College among its recipients.
"Knowing that we have the support of community members like you, the association and now the Legacy Society members makes our work on behalf of the students of Eagle County Schools that much more rewarding," said Tammy Schiff, the school district's communications director.
As Legacy Foundation members made their contributions, each principal shared how money helped their schools.
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"I heard much more than the anticipated help for hungry, needy children," Callahan said. "I heard how the foundation's funds created a community and provided a sanctuary."
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The principals described the breakfast mornings as the school's community event. All children were welcome — there was no stigma to those with no other source for food, Callahan said.
Students in the school's athletic programs show up for breakfast, as do students who are tutored before classes begin for the day.
"Students came who just wanted to participate," Callahan said. "The benefits from the fruit, grains and milk were enjoyed long after breakfast."
Principals described watching an apple or another fruit go into a backpack to be eaten later in the day, not only by those morning-hungry, but for those staying after school for sports or special instruction, Callahan said.
"I heard the breakfasts described as a sanctuary, a place where students with parents leaving early for the first of two or three jobs can go before school starts, instead of other places less positive," Callahan said. "I was proud to be a part of the Legacy Foundation and was moved to promise myself to continue my contributions."
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Staff Writer Randy Wyrick can be reached at 970-748-2935 and firstname.lastname@example.org.