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Buffalo Ridge Celebrates all things fifteen

Article and photos by Elean Gersack

It will be a year to remember! During the month of March, students, staff and families celebrated fifteen years of the first Castle Pines neighborhood school, Buffalo Ridge Elementary.

On Friday, March 9, the entire school got in the spirit by wearing “15”. There were 15 bracelets; 15 necklaces; the number “15” written on faces; number “15” jerseys – just to name a few. During lunch, students sang “Happy Birthday,” gobbled up cake, and received a keepsake pencil.

During the fifth grade lunch celebration, Principal Berggren was surprised with a special gift. Her first kindergarten class, now fifth graders who will go on to middle school next year, decorated paper hands. These “hands of love” were artfully displayed in a giant framed keepsake for Berggren. “I was overwhelmed with joy and love for my kids,” shared Berggren.

A week later, it was time for the grown-ups celebrate. Parents, current and former staff, and community supporters gathered at Sanctuary Golf Club for the BRE 15th Anniversary Gala. On an evening with sunny skies and record temperatures, the views were breathtaking, the food was delicious, the shopping was grand, and the company was priceless.

BRE’s first Principal, Cheryl Dunkle, joined the celebration, as did plenty of teachers and staff, 24 of whom have been with the school for more than 10 years. “From the moment people entered the doors, it was fun, fun, fun!” said Buffalo Ridge Educational Alliance (BREA) Co-Presidents, Christina Duncan and Becky Anderson.

There was plenty of shopping to be had with silent and live auctions. From custom jewelry creations to an opportunity for a guest appearance on 104.3 The FAN, the silent auction was full of fabulous items.  During the live auction, someone got “Wicked” with opening night tickets to the Broadway hit and four very lucky boys will be huddling up in a Mini-Football Camp taught by a former Super Bowl Champ.

For students, it was the “Gifts of Times” donated by teachers and staff, which were the most coveted. Parents had a chance to bid on items like making homemade pizza and watching a movie with Mrs. Miller, going on a bike ride with Mrs. Jaramillo and Mrs. Phelan and ruling the school as principal for the day.

March was a very memorable month for BRE, indeed. “We have had fun traveling down memory lane remembering where we were and what we were doing 15 years ago.  I want to personally thank everyone who put so much time, energy, and resources toward all of our celebrations, from serving cake to the kids to putting on the best gala and auction ever.  

The support we receive from our community is what truly sets us above the rest,” said Berggren.  

Special thanks go out to Tim Gamble for taking photos of the Gala. View the entire slideshow at

Left: BRE second grade cutie, Abbi, gets all decked out for ’15’ Day at BRE on March 9. She wore a ’15’ jersey, 15 necklaces, had a number ’15’ written on her face, and had 15 stripes on her ribbon belt!
Right: Principal Ally Berggren (left) chats with BRE’s very first principal, Cheryl Dunkle, and BREA Co-President, Christina Duncan, on the patio at Sanctuary during the BRE 15th Anniversary Gala on March 16.



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