Through the Rist Canyon, tucked away on County Road 27, there is an unassuming building that is the home of Stove Prairie Elementary School with a student population of 47. This sweet, well-kept school opened its doors in 1896, making it the oldest operating “one-room” school in Colorado.
Stove Prairie is the embodiment of a small, Colorado mountain school with everything from combined grade level classrooms to “critter drills” on the playground (drills to keep students safe from whatever “critter” may wander over). Students are a part of a close knit community. They work and play well together. It feels like a well-organized, relaxed, large family. For students, it is not strange to have PE, art class, lunch and assemblies in the same room.
Integrated Service staff for Stove Prairie consists of 2 dedicated professionals. Teacher Kristy Kemp and paraprofessional Sue McPhaul are holding down the fort and students couldn’t be in better hands. “I love working in the mountain schools. I feel very fortunate to be doing this job,” says Kemp. These wonderful women have become as much a part of the community as those who live there.
“Kristy and Sue are dedicated to serving students with disabilities. I have watched both go above and beyond to assure that a student was receiving exactly what they needed. This is all accomplished with great enthusiasm!” shares Poudre School District Integreated Services director, Sarah Belleau.
Poudre School District Integrated Services Director: Sarah Belleau 2407 Laporte Avenue, Fort Collins, CO 80521