Thunder Learns About Psychologists

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Hi Cool Cats!

Today I got to spend some time with Dr. Ancevic, a psychologist. I had a

Thunder spends the day learning about what psychologists do to help their community.

Thunder spends the day learning about what psychologists do to help their community.

great day and learned so much!  Read below for the answers to our questions.

I am a psychologist providing services at a United States Army installation. A psychologist helps people with their problems and difficult feelings such as sadness, worry, and anger. I see soldiers and give support to the military community. If my job did not exist, people would not get the help they need. 

See you soon,

Thunder T. Bear


Ann (Dr. Ancevic)

Thunder Reads MRI Images

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Thunder Work

Thunder reading the MRI images.

Hello Cool Cats,

It’s me again, your student teaching bear, Thunder! I spent the day with Mr. Canlapan and learned about operating the MRI machine. Have any of you had to have an MRI before? I know Mrs. Crosby did! Read below for a little info about Mr. Canlapan’s job.

I work in a Colorado Springs hospital as Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) technologist. I operate the machine in obtaining patient’s MRI images. My job served diverse patients from infants to seniors in the community. This type of technology is very important in diagnosing or finding different types of diseases. MRI scans are performed on brains, neck, back, knees, liver, and many more body parts. MRI can now be used to see inside the brain and how it functions.

I’m off to my next job!

Thunder T. Bear

Lightning Learns About Shared Services

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Lightning and Mr. Roberts

Lightning and Mr. Roberts

Good Morning Lightning! My name is Mr. Roberson and I am a senior executive at W.J. Bradley Mortgage Capital.  We are so happy to have you join us today.  We hope you enjoy your intern experience.

Lightning, my job is to run a group we call Shared Services.  It’s the group that helps everyone else in the company get their jobs done.  At WJB, we provide a service to Americans who want to realize the dream of owning a home.  We loan people money, so they can own a home.  We are located in Centennial, CO, just south of Denver proper.  We have many loan officers across the nation trying to meet the people who need help buying a home.  We all spend time with people in the community helping them understand what we do and why we do it better than anyone else.  Our job helps others own homes and it gives them peace of mind that they can achieve the dreams they have for their life and their families.  If our job did not exist, it would be very difficult for most people to buy and own a home.  We believe it is important to serve others.  We value Integrity, Service and Commitment and we always put others before self.

Getting ready for the day.

Getting ready for the day.

Wow, I’m finally unpacked and ready for a very busy day.  I have a number of conference calls and several meetings.  My computer is hooked up and I am ready to go.  I can’t wait to learn more about Shared Services and how I can serve people who are trying to buy a house to live in.

In the meeting room.

In the meeting room.

What a long day…

I’m the last one here in the building and we helped a lot of people today.  I’m so happy we have companies like WJ Bradley.  It’s nice to help people realize their dream of home ownership.  I have to go now. It’s time for me to learn about someone else’s job.  Thank you WJ Bradley!  Thank you Mr. Roberson!




Lightning’s First Job is in Construction

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Hello Cool Cats, it’s Lightning!
I am so happy to be back assisting Mrs. Crosby in teaching you about Communities. I spent this internship with Ava’s dad at his construction firm. I learned so much. Please read the answers to our questions below for more information.


Lightning checks out the office.

Lightning checks out the office.

My name is Gabe Godwin, I’m Ava’s Dad.  I’m President of Colorado Structures Inc., a General Contractor, with our Headquarters in Colorado Springs.

We provide construction services to clients like Sprouts, Home Depot, Lowes, and other Developers that need buildings built.

My job is mainly in the city, we build buildings in 18 western states including Alaska and Hawaii.  I have to travel to a lot of different states where we are building.

We are involved in each community we have offices in, which are Irvine, CA., Portland, OR., and Colorado Springs, CO.  We are involved in the local communities by volunteering and donating to local charities.  We also are involved with the Cities building officials because we work together to get pieces of land approved to build on, they also inspect and approve the buildings we build.

We support the local communities by building and developing buildings for clients that provide goods and services, for example grocery stores, hardware stores, doctor offices.

If there were no one to build buildings, the local communities would have no buildings for people to go and buy goods and services.  We also retro fit and remodel old buildings, if we did not do this, there would be a lot of old buildings that would not be safe.

Attached are pictures of Lightning working at my desk, taking a copy of herself and reading plans at our plan table.

Thank you, it was a pleasure working with Lightning, please let me know if you need anything else.

Lightning and Mr. Godwin

Thunder Interns at Lockheed Martin

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Hello Cool Cats!

Thunder at Lockheed Martin

Thunder at Lockheed Martin

Baer asked me to take Thunder to work and take some pictures with him.  So, here’s the set of pictures with Thunder.  Since I was the picture taker, there are no pictures with me.

You’ll see pictures of Thunder with my boss, my admin, co-workers, the “cube country” where my team sits and in my office.  As a Program Manager at Lockheed Martin, when Lockheed Martin signs a contract with a customer, I’m responsible for execution of that contract to deliver the goods and/or services over a specific period of time within a given budget of money.  I’m responsible for communicating with the customer, managing their expectations and ensuring my team’s work will meet the terms and timeline of the contract.

Thank you,
Mr. Bergmier and Thunder

Thunder T. Bear is Back! He Meets a Dentist

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Hello Cool Cats! It has been a long year waiting for another chance to do an internship with one of our parents. I was so excited to get assigned to Dr. Allan, a Dentist in our community. During my day with him, I conducted an interview. I hope these answers help you understand why Dentist’s are an important part of our community.


What is your job?  

Thunder Bear gets a checkup at Dr. Allan's Office.

Thunder Bear gets a checkup at Dr. Allan’s Office.

I’m a general dentist.

Do you provide goods or a service?
I am a health care provider who helps people keep their mouths healthy and free of disease.

Is your job located in the city, suburbs or rural community?
My office is located in the city.

How do you interact with other members of our community in your job duties?
I serve on a local dental board which helps patients and other member dentists.  Not only do I help patients in my office, but I also help provide care to some patients who are unable to afford dental care via community events.  Both services are very rewarding.

How does your job support our community?
I help keep people pain free and have a healthy mouth.

What would happen if your job did not exist in our community?
People would end up having cavities and likely not have teeth over years of no dental care.  This would make eating very difficult.

More information…
Since Lightning was at Dr. Allan’s office, he decided to have his tooth fixed.  Apparently Lightning ate too much candy over winter break and was not brushing his teeth well.  Dr. Allan numbed Lightning’s tooth and fixed his cavity.  Lightning feels much better now, and learned a better way to brush and floss his teeth.


I can’t wait to see who I intern with next. Until then,
Your thunder friend,

Lignting T. Bear

Thunder Takes to the Skies

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Hello again, to Mrs. Crosby, and to the coolest first graders in all of Colorado!  
It’s Thunder the Teaching Assistant, back with another report about a fun intern experience I had with Tyler Willard’s Dad this past week.
Tyler’s Dad is a pilot for the largest airline in the world, United Airlines.  He is currently assigned to fly a big airplane called the Airbus A-320.  This airplane seats 150 passengers, and flies to most big airports in the United States, and to other destinations as far south as South and Central America, and as far north as Alaska!  I found out a lot of cool things about being a pilot, and I got to see and do some neat things too!
Thunder with the flight crew.

Thunder with the flight crew.


Mr. Willard sits in the cockpit during the flight.  The cockpit, also known as the flight deck, is at the front end of the plane.  There are two pilots.  A Captain, and a First Officer.  They share their flying and non-flying duties, alternating every other flight.  I found out some interesting things when I was able to sit with them before and during the flight.


Prior to their flight, they plan the routing, check weather reports, make decisions about mechanical issues and fuel loading, and then head to the gate on the concourse where the airplane is

Thunder helps the ground crew.

Thunder helps the ground crew.

parked.  Before they leave to go fly, one of the pilots goes out and inspects the plane.  This is called a pre-flight inspection to ensure there is nothing damaged or leaking that might affect the safety of all the passengers.  I took some pictures of me sitting on the Tug, which pushes the airplane back from the gate.  I also helped the ramp people load some mail and luggage, and helped Tyler’s Dad inspect the all the plane’s parts.  Those engines sure are big!  While all the people were getting on the plane, I watched the pilots set up all the computers and controls, and then it was time to go!


My trip started on Friday night very late, and lasted 4 days.  We visited cities in Florida like Orlando, where Disney World is, and Mickey Mouse lives.  We also got to visit the Atlantic Ocean in Ft. Lauderdale, which had a really nice beach.  Then we got to see Chicago which is up north in Illinois, and then finally back to Denver.  Airplanes fly at all hours of the day and night, and our first flight left Denver at Midnight, after all of you were already asleep.  We flew all the way to New York City, and landed at 5:30 in the morning.  The sun wasn’t even up yet!  I was so sleepy when we landed.  We flew at 38,000 feet above the ground.  That is more than 7 miles up in the sky.  We flew really fast, sometimes going more than 600 miles per hour.  That is the same as traveling 1 mile, every 6 seconds!  Some other cool things I learned about his plane…When they take off, they sometimes weigh almost 170,000 pounds, and carry as much as 43,000 pounds of gas!

Thunder takes a well-deserved break.

Thunder takes a well-deserved break.

I learned that pilots and airplanes make it much easier for all of us to get to almost anywhere we want to go.  Aviation, which involves all types of aircraft, also provides other critical services for our community in so many ways.  Can any of you give me some examples of different kinds of jobs pilots do?

Remember, aviation does not include only airline jets, but also propeller planes and helicopters.  Aircraftcan help us get to far away places like England and China, or to closer places like Aspen or Vail a lot faster than driving or taking a boat.  Pilots and their aircraft perform all sorts of other duties, too.  Police can use aviation to arrest bad guys by flying above them when they try to get away.  Doctors can use aviation to carry a hurt person to the hospital really fast, and we can even use aviation to help us fight fires or monitor traffic jams!  Of course, we cannot forget the brave pilots in our military, who protect us from bad people and keep our country safe.
After spending four days flying around with Tyler’s Dad, I learned a lot of things about being a pilot and what they do.  It is a very rewarding job, because pilots help bring our big world much closer together, so everyone can visit those people and family members they want to see.  Fire fighters use pilots, as do hospitals, police departments, the post office, and our military.  I learned that boys and girls can be pilots.  I was also reminded by the pilots I met how important it is for you kids to always do your best in school.
Thanks for this opportunity to tell you a little about being a pilot.  I hope you enjoyed reading my research report.

Thunder gets the best view ever!

Thunder gets the best view ever!

Lightning Goes to the 3rdSpace Operations Squadron

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Today I got to intern with Katelyn’s daddy, Technical Sergeant Rob Henneman. He’s in the Air Force and he flies satellites in space. We started our day at the gym this morning. People in the Air Force exercise a lot! I tried lots of different things. After the gym I got to see where they fly satellites. They use the same kind of computers you have in your Technology discovery. I was kind of sad that they wouldn’t let me take any pictures but Mr. Henneman said that it was classified. I got to meet lots of very nice Airmen and I even got to help write a report. 
What is your job?  I am a Technical Sergeant and Flight Chief at the 3rdSpace Operations Squadron at Schriever Air Force Base.

Do you provide goods or a service? I provide a service. My unit provides
Satellite Communications to our military around the whole world. Our
satellites let us use phones to talk to each other on the other side of the
world. They even give the internet to our troops out in the middle of the
ocean or the desert.


Is your job located in the city, suburbs, or rural community? Schriever Air
Force Base is waaay out East, far from the city. And the Satellites that we
control from there are 22,000 miles away from Earth in outer space.

How do you interact with other members of our community in your job duties?
We talk with people all over the world, from Colorado to England, Japan, and
even the Indian Ocean to make sure our satellites are working properly. Here
in Colorado we have a BIG antenna that we can use to talk to our satellites
out in space.

How does your joDSC_2076b support our community? The military uses our satellites to talk to each other in order to protect us here in America from bad guys that want to hurt us. We also like to help our community by volunteering. I like to volunteer at my church.

What would happen if your job didn’t exist in our community? If the military didn’t have our satellites, we would only be able to talk to each other with walkie talkies (which don’t work very far away). And our Airmen, Soldiers, Seamen, and Marines would not be able to talk to their families when they have to go far away from home.

What a great day! I can’t wait for my next assignment.

Lightning T. Bear

Lightning Learns About Car Repairs with Ding Magic

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Mrs. Crosby,
Because my paws are so big, I’m going to let Mrs. Smith type this.  I accidentally sent the message before I was done.
Lightning looks at the services provided by Ding Magic.

Lightning looks at the services provided by Ding Magic.

Anyway, check out their website at  It was really fun/and stressful to be a business owner.  They do provide services for car repair.  Karina’s dad does paintless dent repair on cars.  Remember that big hail storm at the beginning of the school year?  Mr. Smith repairs the cars that we dinged up from the hail stones.  Their shop is located just off Voyager, kind of by the New Life Church.

They interact with other members of the community by offering car repair.  They also work with different people regarding advertising, banking, security, and their employees. 
Their job supports our community because they are located so close and people don’t have to go to a shop in town to get their car fixed.  If their shop didn’t exist in our community, people would have to go into town and find a shop to fix their cars. 
Ding Magic is even a corporate sponsor for DCC athletics!!  They have a banner up in the high school gym.  Make sure you show your parents next time you are there.
There is a lot of things that Mr. and Mrs. Smith do, but it will have to be included in a different report.

Thunder Learns About Compassion International

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Hello Cool Cats!

Thunder spent the day with me at Compassion International.  Compassion is a large not-for-profit organization whose mission is to release children from spiritual, economic, social and physical poverty and enable them to become responsible, fulfilled Christian adults.  Compassion provides services that help more than 1.2 million children in 26 countries.  The countries where Compassion provides services are often defined as developing countries and they are generally nations with a lower living standard, underdeveloped industrial base, and low Human Development Index relative to other countries.

Thunder at Compassion

Thunder at Compassion

My job title is Enterprise Architecture Director – that’s a fancy title for someone who is responsible for helping analyze business processes and ensuring that information is collected that helps us accomplish our mission.  I work in the suburbs and my office is very close to DCC.  While my job is focused on supporting children who live all around the world, it also requires that I work with people in our local community.  One of the most important things that our local community provides is high quality education.   At DCC, you are contributing to the education of children that will grow into adults, replace me, and do new things to help provide a quality education for children all around the world.

Please thank Thunder for visiting with me today.  It was nice to have a fuzzy friend work with me today.

I’ve attached a photo of Thunder next to one of the many pictures we have in our office.


Brian Houghtaling


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