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Destruction brings happiness at community event

The Castle Pines community shred-it event served the community in more ways than one this year. Not only did residents recycle 7,000 pounds of paper, but their voluntary contributions raised $1,356 for the DCS Montessori School’s technology fund. Pictured above: Operators Joe (far left) and Steve (far right) pause for a photo with event sponsors Tammy Lopez (Allstate Insurance), Terri Wiebold (The Castle Pines Connection), and Sam Bishop (The City of Castle Pines).

By Lisa Crockett; photos by Dave Tweed

Last month, community residents were able to safely and quickly dispose of documents that needed to be destroyed at a shred-it event, sponsored by the Allstate Tammy Lopez Agency, The Castle Pines Connection, The City of Castle Pines, and DCS Montessori School. This is the second year for the event, and the community showed much appreciation.

Approximately 125 residents showed up to destroy roughly 7,000 pounds of paper – everything from out-of-date banking documents to old receipts. Some people had a mere handful or two of paper to destroy, while others brought carloads. Shredding was free of charge, and participants were invited to make voluntary donations in any amount to benefit the DCS Montessori School’s technology fund. The school received $1,356 from the event.

“It’s really important for people to take care of their personal information, and this is a way we can help,” said Lopez. “The other sponsors and I want to tell the community thanks for participating and we can’t wait for next year.”

Shredding services were provided by Shred-it, a mobile shredding company that participates in community events such as this as a way to contribute to local communities.

“We’re here protecting a lot of private information and also raising money for the school, so this is a great way for us to give back,” said Stephen Mahowald, a driver/operator for Shred-it. “The community at this event provided us with a lot of help. As a former boy scout, I especially loved seeing boy scouts here.”

Allstate owner Tammy Lopez (left) presents DCS Montessori’s Head of School Jeromy Johnson with the $1,356 raised at the event for the school’s technology fund.

Volunteers from Boy Scout Troop 856 and also DCS Montessori School helped the event run smoothly and efficiently.

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