“Volunteers don’t necessarily have the time; they have the heart.” Elizabeth Andrew’s words capture the spirit of so many people in Southeast Colorado. They give their hearts to the communities of our region. We are proud to provide some much deserved recognition to those people that dedicate so much to the people and places of our area. We welcome your nominations for the Community State Bank of Lamar and Springfield COMMUNITY CHAMPION.
CONGRATULATIONS TO ROSALIND SMITH!
The nomination letter reads as follows:
"Rosalind has put countless hours into building a wonderful program for our area youth both in Baca and Prowers Counties. In the Fall of 2012, she began offering dances classes in Walsh through the Recreation District. Two years later, she relocated to Springfield as did the dance program "Spirit Dance." In 2015, Rosalind again relocated - this time to Lamar. However, she continued to provide the Baca County area with weekly dance classes. In the fall of 2017, she also began offering dance in Lamar. Under Rosalind, these children learn basic ballet and tap. Not only does she provide them with learning dance, she nurtures each child to believe they are capable of accomplishing whatever they set their mind to. Through the program, Rosalind encourages, exemplary citizenship which is recognized by the Shining Spirit Award. The children know and understand what it takes to receive this award. It is voted on by each age group. Rosalind teaches dance from August to May each year. She spends many voluntary hours choreographing multiple dances for the next year. There have been many challenges in the past year, but Rosalind always finds a way to continue the program in Springfield. It is with her heart and spirit that many kids have found their feet and their confidence. Thank you for all you do, Ms. Ros!"