I recently visited History Colorado's Zoom In, an exhibit that gathers 100 objects to represent the history of the Centennial State. Among them is a condolence letter written by a third-grader to Columbine students in the aftermath of the mass shooting there in 1999. That event was such a terrible touchstone for our entire state, and really for our entire nation, that curators felt it needed to be represented in one of those 100 objects. And yet now, Columbine is not even among the 10 worst mass shootings in American history. It fell off the list last year.
It's hard to know what to say at this point, but we keep talking because we have to, because children have questions and they need us to try to answer them. We have a round-up of resources and responses to the school shooting in Florida, where surviving students have been outspoken about calling on adults to act.
We also have news about the Denver school board standing up for DACA, a Greeley school's effort to get off the accountability clock, and new money for child care in the recent budget deal.
– Erica Meltzer, bureau chief
P.S. We're closed on Monday for President's Day, so look for your next Rise & Shine on Tuesday morning.