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A Valentine's Day party with a purpose

HIGHLANDS RANCH - It’s Valentine’s Day and just about everyone at Fox Creek Elementary is having a Valentine's Day party in class. Just about everyone except for brothers Will and James Hopkins. They're checking in on the other parties just for a moment. They’re not collecting candy hearts, but rather basic medical supplies that have been donated by each classroom. It’s a partnership with Project CURE.

The organization has been around for 30 years and delivers donated medical supplies and equipment to people in need around the world. The amount of donations the boys are collecting is pretty overwhelming. The items? Pretty simple in this culture. They’re things like toothbrushes, Neosporin, bandages, tweezers, and tissues to name a few.

Each of them will be assembled into a kit. There will be about 40 kits from the school today. Last year Project CURE delivered over 6,000 kits in all. It’s amazing when you stop to think of the power of just one kit. “If you’re able to prevent the spreading of illness or disease because of something as minimal as soap, you’re actually saving lives,” says Julie Kreutz King, Project CURE Director of Kit Programs. “I think it’s nice that they get to have a perspective of what really is needed in the world and what they can do even at a young age,” says Sarah Hatfield, the PTO President-Elect at Fox Creek.

It's a practical lesson in love on Valentine’s Day. “I know that I’m doing it for a better cause than just to eat candy,” says student James Hopkins. Even if it means missing the class party -  it was worth it.

 

February 15, 2017 | By ccheline | Category: Elementary Education, Schools

District News

Colorful dark sky with a near-full eclipse of the sun.

Planning is already underway to ensure that students can experience this unique event. We are asking our staff to take precautionary measures if they plan to involve their students in this amazing experience, to ensure the safety of all involved. Students will be instructed not to look at the partially or even near-fully eclipsed sun with the naked eye.  Additionally, homemade filters or ordinary sunglasses—even very dark ones—are not safe for looking at the sun.

 

student speaking at podium, teacher looking at her proudly.

The Boettcher Foundation recently honored 42 Colorado teachers for the significant impact they have had on some of Colorado’s top students – with five of the teachers coming from the Douglas County School District. Every year, the Boettcher Foundation allows each scholarship recipient to acknowledge the teacher who has had the greatest impact on the student’s life. During a special ceremony at the Denver Botanic Gardens, each Boettcher Scholar shared moving stories and thoughtful remarks about his or her teacher.

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All Douglas County School District (DCSD) Middle Schools are gaining an additional full-time counselor this year thanks to a recent grant awarded by the State of Colorado totaling nearly $900,000. Each counselor will have a specific focus on school culture and prevention related to mental health and substance abuse. Additionally, the grant includes funds awarded to each middle school for evidence-based prevention programs and activities.