Mile High Leaps and Bounds was nominated and awarded the annual SPARC Community Champion’s award in November 2012. SPARC awardees demonstrate extraordinary leadership, changing the community and the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. SPARC awards are given by The Arc of Jefferson, Clear Creek, and Gilpin counties. The ARC empowers individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities to achieve full and satisfying lives through awareness of their rights, responsibility, and opportunities.
During the SPARC award ceremony, one of the submitted nominations was read to the audience. “As special education teachers in Jefferson County Public Schools, Sarah and Annie demonstrate a passion for making sure students with disabilities are provided with unlimited opportunities. Together, they saw an unmet need in their community and decided to create Mile High Leaps and Bounds to fill that need. The 501(c)3 approved organization provides children with developmental disabilities access to meaningful recreational and educational community activities, while providing parents and caregivers with essential and free respite care.”