Scholarship money donated

Dave Poniatowski, BOERA spokesperson (left), formally presents a check for $500 to Platte Canyon Fire Protection District Board President Glenn Pence. (Photo courtesy of BOERA)

At its monthly board of directors meeting Tuesday, Nov. 12, the Platte Canyon Fire Protection District received $500 from the Bailey Outdoor Education and Recreation Area to benefit its Chief Davis Fire Scholarship Fund.

Dave Poniatowski, BOERA spokesperson, formally presented the check to PCFPD Board President Glenn Pence.

In honor of former Platte Canyon Fire Chief Jeff Davis, PCFPD sponsors this scholarship fund for post-secondary students who are studying fire science. Applications are open to all recent Platte Canyon High School graduates and people affiliated with PCFPD.

Owned by the Platte Canyon School District, the unique BOERA property at 599 Rosalie Road in Bailey is dedicated to providing PCSD students and the local community with access to outdoor education and recreation, and to raising funds to benefit local youth through annual project grants and scholarships.

According to BOERA Board President Nikki Batzer, the PCFPD partnership fits well with the nonprofit organization’s mission.

“We’re proud to support the Chief Davis Fire Scholarship,” Batzer said. “Providing opportunities for our kids is at the heart of everything we do, so joining together with the Platte Canyon Fire Protection District to make more scholarship funds available means a lot to us.”

The 75-acre BOERA property is open year-round, offering more than five miles of trails for hikers, trail runners and mountain bikers, the world-class Bailey Disc Golf Course, an events calendar that includes the Bailey Turkey Trot each Thanksgiving, the annual Husky Invitational Cross Country Meet, mountain bike races, and the new Husky Hunt and Community Day.

BOERA asks recreational users, if they are not already annual pass holders, to each donate $5 at the on-site cashbox. Online donations also may be made via PayPal and Venmo.

While some of the funds will be used for property maintenance and improvements, the majority will be returned to PCSD students in the form of annual scholarships and project grants.

Use of the drug, alcohol and smoke-free BOERA property is always free for children ages 18 and under, and for current and retired PCSD employees.

To learn more about BOERA and its Bailey-based events and activities, visit boera.org. And to stay-up-to date on the latest news, join the organization’s active Facebook community facebook.com/BOERAinBaileyCO, and follow BOERA on Instagram (@Boera.Bailey).

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