Weston Distance Learning Corporate News
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Fort Collins, Colorado – October 6, 2008– As part of its ongoing effort to give back to the Fort Collins community, on Saturday, August 23rd, Weston Distance Learning, Inc., sponsored a team in the 28th Annual SuperStars Sports Challenge held at Fossil Creek Park. The event, organized by Partners Mentoring Youth, raises funds to support at-risk children ages 8-17 in Larimer County. In its first year to participate, out of a field of 30 entrants, Weston ranked fifth for fundraising. In addition to its $500 entry fee, Weston contributed more than $1,200 collected during five weeks of company-wide fundraising. This year’s Sports Challenge was the most successful to date, raising a total of more than $65,000 for Partners Mentoring Youth.
Several months ago, Weston distributed an in-house survey to find out which community efforts employees most wanted to back. The survey revealed a strong interest in helping children. In addition to meeting that priority, the SuperStars Sports Challenge met another one strongly promoted by Weston: employee wellness. Throughout summer 2008, Weston sponsored a Lifestyle Challenge aimed at promoting employee health via smart food choices and increased physical activity. The late-August Sports Challenge came at the end of Weston’s 12-week Lifestyle Challenge and featured seven employees (several of them department leads) and two family members competing as SuperStars. Outfitted in matching striped knee socks and curly fright wigs, the Weston team stayed active all morning as they competed in volleyball, dodge ball, bocce ball, basketball and a Big Wheels relay. Although the team didn’t dominate athletically, the value of the event was summed up by HR manager (and SuperStars team member) Betsy Wheeler: “The best thing about it was how team members supported one another. It was a good team-building day. And we were the only SuperStars group who came with an official mascot: Marketing manager Kevin White’s teacup Chihuahua.”
Weston’s Sports Challenge effort was aided by many company employees who contributed to fundraising efforts held during the five weeks preceding the event. Employees paid $2 for a pass to dress casually on a Wednesday. They also bought tickets for two raffles whose prizes were paid time off and a DVD player. These fundraisers brought in more than $1,200 to support the at-risk children served by Partners Mentoring Youth.
Weston Distance Learning, Inc. (Fort Collins, Colorado) is the parent company overseeing operations of three distance education schools: At-Home Professions, McKinley College and U.S. Career Institute. The schools enroll students throughout the country. Weston courses prepare students to work in more than 25 fields that offer solid job prospects and earning potential. Currently, Weston is launching a new distance education course every few months. Its state approval is issued by the Colorado Department of Education’s Division of Private Occupational Schools. Each course is accredited through the nationally recognized Distance Education and Training Council. To learn more about Weston Distance Learning, visit http://www.westondistancelearning.com.
For more information or to schedule an interview with Ann Rohr, please call marketing director Kevin White at (800) 347-7899 or email Kevin at KevinW@westondistancelearning.com.
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