Academy Mortgage Hosts Ribbon Cutting for Clifton Elementary’s Library

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. — The District 51 Foundation is pleased to announce a Ribbon Cutting for the newly renovated Clifton Elementary Library. Generous donations gathered through the efforts of Academy Mortgage and the D51 Foundation have helped make this dream a reality for the school. Over $65,000 was raised to help renovate and expand Clifton Elementary’s Library. The renovation and makeover project included replacing the carpet, painting the library, adding more furniture and shelving, increasing the number of books, and upgrading the technology. The goal was to create a learning environment for kids to enjoy.

“This has been such an amazing opportunity for Academy Mortgage to partner with our community and help make a difference in our youths’ education. Our mission at Academy is to Inspire Hope, Deliver Dreams, and Build Prosperity and with this project, we were able to do just that,” says Joni Shepard, Academy Mortgage Sales Support Manager.

The ribbon-cutting will provide an opportunity to thank generous donors and celebrate the opening of the new library. A plaque listing donor names will be shared with the group. Following the plaque presentation, small group tours will be available in adherence to the COVID-19 social distancing and mask rules.

“Our community has rallied around the Clifton Elementary Library Project. We are very appreciative and look forward to a 21st-century space for our students,” said Jeff Spaletta, Ed.D., Clifton Elementary Principal.

“We are delighted to have the continued support from Academy Mortgage. It will make such a difference to the students at Clifton Elementary,” adds Angela Christensen, Ph.D., School District 51 Foundation Executive Director.

Clifton Elementary Family Center Coordinator Sara Miller adds, “Clifton Elementary is grateful for the time, effort, and resources from our community partners to ensure the Clifton library serves as a vibrant learning and community resource for years to come.” For more information about Academy Mortgage, please visit, and for more information about the School District 51 Foundation, please visit

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