Prospect Sound Bites 2017

Summer is just around the corner. School is winding down and the weather is starting to heat up. That can mean one thing, that Prospect Sound Bites is just around the corner!

What is Prospect Sound Bites? Is a summer long concert series that starts on Memorial Day (today!) and wraps on Labor Day. This is our 3rd season to partner with Prospect Sound Bites  and we are looking forward to another great season!

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Ok, details in case you haven’t visited. The concerts happen every Monday evening in the Prospect New Town neighborhood in Longmont. The concerts start at 5:30pm and go until 8:00pm. Each week a different local band plays. Prospect Sound Bites does a wonderful job of pulling bands in from different genres.

So we covered the Sound, now about the Bites. Feel free to bring your own picnic dinner with you, don’t forget your chairs or blankets to sit on! Or better yet visit one of the many food trucks that line the park. The food options are endless. We are talking, Mexican Street Food, Wood Fired Pizza and BBQ just to name a few. Make sure you save some room for dessert. Yep, you read that right a couple food trucks serving nothing but sweet treats have been known to pull up as well.

So check out this summer’s line up of great bands and we hope to see you at Prospect Sound Bites this summer!

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Stapp Inspires- Teacher Highlight Chris Chou

Welcome to Stapp Inspires Teacher Highlight! Each month we will be highlighting a teacher, support staff or coach and the school they work at with in St. Vrain Valley Schools. These special people encourage and inspire their students and co-workers. We are proud to share their stories with you.

This month we visit Longmont High School. A few quick facts about LHS. LHS has been recognized 3 years in a row by US News and World Report as a “Best High School”. Enrollment has increased by 10% from the previous year. LHS is able to offer 20 AP classes and 11 classes for college credit.

We are stepping into Chris Chou’s AP Biology classroom this month. Ms. Chou has been teaching for 14 years, 12 of those have been at LHS. Ms. Chou has been instrumental in setting up and overseeing the school’s Medical and Biosciences Academy (MBSA).

 

The MBSA is designed for students who are interested in careers or secondary education in the health sciences. One of the classes students are required to take is AP Biology. Under Ms. Chou’s tutelage, all LHS students taking the Advanced Placement (AP) Biology exam scored a 3 or better, leaving the school with an average of 4.1. The national average for the AP Biology Exam is 2.83. It’s easy to see why Ms. Chou received  the 2016 Outstanding Biology Teacher Award.

We had a few questions for Ms. Chou about her passion for her students and preparing them for the next steps in their lives.

We asked her what her favorite thing about teaching at LHS was. This is what she had to say…

“I love teaching a diverse population of students who are involved in so many different activities both inside and outside of school. They have so many interesting backgrounds and interests. I also enjoy working with a passionate group of educators. The teachers at Longmont High really care about their students, work hard to improve their craft, and learners themselves. Many of them provide unique learning opportunities for students and model what it looks like to be learners themselves.”

We also wanted to find out what the most important thing she felt she could pass on to her students. She teaches primarily juniors and seniors, students who are about to embark on the next stage of life. This is what she feels is the most important lesson she can impart…

“I believe the most important lesson I can teach my students is how to think critically and make informed decisions. I teach mostly juniors and seniors who are soon to be graduation and going into the adult world. They will need to know how to sift through the abundance of information available to them through media and the internet, and it is  important that they know how to make informed decisions regarding their educational choices, finances, health, future careers, involvement in politics and public issues. But I think the lesson I hope students gain from being in one of my classes is how to treat others with kindness and respect and how to work well with other. I also want students to be curious, enjoy learning and be lifelong learners.”

Ms. Chou’s commitment and passion to her students in the MBSA program are well prepared to continue their secondary education in any field they choose. In fact 83.3% of MBSA graduates have gone to major in science or pre-health programs. 8.3% are studying pre-engineering and another 8.3% currently major in non-scientific course work.

Thank you Ms. Chou for making LHS a great space for students to learn and succeed. It’s teachers like you who are having a wonderful impact on our future.

Stapp Inspires Spotlight: Longmont Meals On Wheels

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Hi! This is Erin again. I wanted to go a little more in depth with Longmont Meals on Wheels. I spoke with Katie Wiser, Development Coordinator with Longmont Meals on Wheels.

Longmont Meals on Wheels, is a non-profit organization that provides elderly, people with disabilities and people returning from a hospital stay with proper, affordable nutrition in their homes and at the Senior Center. They do not have a wait list, nor is proof of income needed to have meals delivered. Meals are delivered around lunch time Monday through Friday. Home delivery accounts for about 80% of all the meals that are prepared. In 2016 they served over 107,000 meals!

Meals are prepared fresh every day by an in house chef and two assistants. The meals are nutritionally balanced and on a 90 day calendar. They are held to the same standards as a restaurant kitchen and are subject to the Boulder County Health Department. The kitchen is also equipped to handle special dietary needs as well. Low sodium, diabetes, food allergies are just a few of the special needs that they can handle.

I asked Katie some of the biggest misconceptions about Meals on Wheels. She said the biggest was the quality of food. Because they receive no government funding (federal or state) they have fewer restrictions and can offer food that isn’t institutional tasting.

Funding was the second biggest misconception Katie mentioned. While there is a national Meals on Wheels organization, each is independent. They receive no government funding. Longmont Meals on Wheels relies on local donations now and always!

I asked Katie if they had any other programs than the daily meals. I was surprised to learn that they did offer quite a few. One is called Project Homecoming. This is open to anyone who is coming home from the hospital or outpatient care. LMOW will deliver 5 free meals as people transition back from a hospital stay. They offer a free Lockbox Program to Longmont residents 65 and older, those with disabilities or who suffer from a major medical issue at any age.  They will also provide an Emergency Food bag which contains three days worth a food. A lot of these went out during the 2013 Flood. The last program Katie talked about was their Holiday Basket. This contains enough food for two people and a gift card to pick out their own protein.

My next question related back to funding. If LMOW doesn’t receive any government funding, then how do they get the funds needed to operate. Their biggest fundraiser is the Longmont Christmas Home Tour. It is the oldest and largest in the state. 4 homes are decorated for Christmas and visitors have the opportunity to purchase the decorations. Homes that are apart of the tour are announced in October, so check back for that! This year’s Home Tour will run November 30- December 2. We will post more details as the become available.

LMOW had a new fundraiser this year called Tablescapes. Different business and organizations decorated tables that were raffled off! We had a great time at this event!

Longmont Meals on Wheels is a great asset to this community and we are proud to partner with them. Thank you for all you do!

Day of Champions

Hi! This is Erin, the Digital Marketing Manager for Stapp Interstate Toyota. Last week I was able to participate in Longmont Meals on Wheels‘ (LMOW) Day of Champions. Once a year LOMW invited members of the community to join them on their delivery runs and at the Senior Center. Members of the Fire Department, Police Department, EMT, and the mayor were among those who were participating.

I was paired up with a gentleman named Rich. Rich had been delivering once a week for two years. “Although, he said with a smile, ” Starting in April, I’ll be delivering two days a week.”  We sat around and waited for his route number to be called. He already had the cold sacks of food loaded up in the car and ready to go. Before long his name was called and we were loading the hot meals into the insulated bag and we were off.  “I should really, ask for milage and gas re-embursment and a snack when I go on these drives.” Rich commented. Already his sense of humor was showing through, our first stop was a senior apartment complex a few blocks away from where we started at the Senior Center.

We get out of the car and head into the building. I have a job to do, I have the cold sacks of food. The first apartment no one was home. So we left the food in the cooler outside the door and moved on.  And that’s how our route went, some weren’t home at the time and others were.

I was deeply touched by the people we did see. Some accepted the meal, and exchanged a few pleasantries and we were on our way. Others, they wanted to talk for just a little longer. Rich was patient and kind, asking how they were doing. Several commented that they were so glad to see us and what a wonderful person Rich was. In about an hour we had delivered all our meals and were back to the Senior Center. Rich and I shook hands and we went our ways. Rich wanted to try and get a bike ride in before it got too late. I headed back to the dealership, with the thoughts of the last couple hours on my mind.

More than one person commented that this lunch we were bringing them would be their only hot meal of the day, some their only meal. Most were living by themselves and some had mobility problems that limited their ability to get around and get out. I got the feeling that in some cases the volunteers that were delivering the meals, were the only person they might see in a day.

 

As I pulled in the dealership, I had one call I needed to make before I went back to work. The phone rang a few times. The familiar “Hello” as only my grandma says greets me. I say hello and the normal brief pause while she calls my grandpa to pick up another phone. The deep chuckle of my grandpa’s voice fills my car. We talk for a bit and then it’s time to say goodbye.

As I walk up to the dealership I reflect on my day.  I’m thankful that Longmont Meals On Wheels provides such a wonderful service to the elderly, people with disabilities and those coming home from the hospital. Next month as part of Stapp Inspires we will be highlighting Longmont Meals On Wheels and the work they are doing in our community and how you can get involved.  I hope you will join us.

Transition from Scion

By now you have heard that Toyota has started the transition away from Scion.  We wanted to touch base with everyone to let you know of the changes that are happening.

First, if you currently own a Scion and still have Scion boost in effect, there has been no changes. The program is still in effect and no changes have been made. If you are needing service for your Scion, come visit us. Our technicians are factory trained to work on your Scion and parts are still available. For more information on the changes check out Scion Service Boost Information

Perhaps you were wanting to purchase or lease a Scion and think you missed your opportunity. No worries, 3 of the most popular Scion models still live on as Toyotas. The Scion iA, iM, and FR-S live on in the Toyota line as Yaris iACorolla iM, and Toyota 86. We had a little fun with one of our new 86’s and  put it through our  Stapp I25 Custom shop. Take a look!

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We had fun with Scion and met some great people along the way. We hope that you will keep us in mind the next time you are looking for service for your Scion. If you need to schedule a service appointment click here.

Stapp Inspires

Welcome to Stapp Inspires! Over the years we have had the privilege to partner with some amazing organizations in our community. Each of these organizations are unique in the purpose they serve to help make the community we live and work in a better place. We wanted to take the time and recognize these organizations and let you know why they are an inspiration to us. We hope that by hearing their stories they inspire you as well. First, we wanted to highlight St. Vrain Valley Schools. Take a peak at the video below and see how a group of Skyline Valley STEM students and the Denver Zoo partnered up to make an underwater robot. Keep checking back for more inspiring stories!

What a Year!

It’s hard to believe that we are getting ready to close out 2016 and ring in 2017. Before this year slips away we wanted to take a look back at what a year we had.

This year started off with some big news from Toyota. In February, Toyota announced that Scion would cease to exist come August. With every ending comes a new beginning and Stapp I25 Custom was born.

We turned the Scion showroom into our Stapp I25 Custom showroom. This effort was headed up by Executive Sales Manager Keegan Gleaton. The vehicles he has dreamed up as well as our customers is nothing short of amazing.

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As much as things have changed, they have stayed the same. Once again this year we were proud supporters of the St. Vrain Valley School District. One of our biggest sponsorships was the new scoreboard put in at Everly-Montgomery Field, home field to Longmont High, Skyline, Silver Creek and Niwot High. scoreboard

 

We are proud of the community we live and are a part of. Giving back has always been a priority for Stapp Interstate Toyota. From Paws in the Park with the Longmont Humane Society, to Women’s Work and The Empty Bowls Project, we are proud to support these organizations that help make our community a great place to live.

We also want to thank all of our customers. We can’t express our appreciation enough. Thank you for trusting us with your vehicle in service or to make your next car purchase. We will continue to strive to meet and beat our customer’s expectations each and every time you visit us. We wish all of you a wonderful holiday season and hope to see you back soon!