Local Teen Raises Money for 21st Century Library

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When Vanika Hans was given a school assignment to start a project that benefits the community, she didn’t want to just go through the motions. “I didn’t want to do it just for the requirement,” she said, “but to actually help the community with something.” Hans, a 17-year-old attending Discovery Canyon High School, knew she loved to dance and thought she could use that talent to organize a donation-based dance camp for children. She is a patron of both the Briargate and Monument libraries in Pikes Peak Library District (PPLD) and thought that donating the money to help support the Library’s new facility at 1175 Chapel Hills Drive would be a huge benefit to her community.

From June 19 through August 17, Hans taught two classes per week – one in the basement of her house and one at a local fire station. Hans said that she had about 25 students attend between the two classes and managed to raise $805 through her efforts to support the new library. Some of the parents work for FedEx and Verizon, and these companies were both willing to match the donations of their employees!

Hans presented her donation to the Library at the October 15 PPLD Board of Trustees meeting. Hans said she plans to keep teaching dancing to support herself in college, where she thinks she will pursue a degree in biochemical engineering.