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Highlands Ranch community provides huge feast for homeless

students gathered around box of turkeys

With Thanksgiving around the corner, many Douglas County School District schools are organizing food drives while teaching students the spirit of giving to those less fortunate. In Highlands Ranch this week, several schools in the ThunderRidge feeder have been collecting turkeys and other food to be donated to the Denver Rescue Mission. 

This is an annual event organized by Eldorado Elementary School. Jennifer Miller, a former Eldorado parent, and her family started the food collection at the school over ten years ago. Another Eldorado family, Brian and Susie Wilkinson, shortly after offered their truck and services to pick up and deliver the feast, and they have continued this tradition for the past decade.

Eldorado’s Student Government now leads the annual turkey drive for the school, which has continued to be a huge success for the school and community. This year, the Student Government President, Andrew Crawford, and Vice-President, Alex Franciscotti Loaiza, contacted area schools to invite them to participate in the turkey drive. Saddle Ranch Elementary, who came on board two years ago, and Coyote Creek who joined the team this year, are now also working to collect food for the Denver Rescue Mission.

The schools even have a little contest going. The school that collects the most turkeys will be awarded the Golden Gobbler trophy, and bragging rights, of course. As of press time, a total of 124 turkeys and thousands of pounds of canned and dry goods have been donated by families to the schools for the Denver Rescue Mission.


November 16, 2017 | By CSilberman | Category: Communications

District News

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DOUGLAS COUNTY – Graduation rates in the Douglas County School District (DCSD) continue to climb. Data released today by the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) shows the on-time, four-year graduation rate is now 90.4 percent.

DCSD students also made an impressive showing at graduation. The class of 2017 earned more than $82 million in scholarships.

DCSD has one of the highest graduation rates in the Denver metro area. According to CDE, DCSD graduation rates have risen steadily from 81.9 percent in 2009 to 90.4 percent in 2017.

Five female students standing on stage smiling and laughing at the awards ceremony

The top two-percent of female athletes in Douglas County School District (DCSD) were honored at the annual Girls and Women in Sports Luncheon last week at Chaparral High School. This year represented the 30th national celebration of Girls and Women in Sports Day, created to encourage and promote the participation of girls in athletics. The girls who were honored were selected by their school’s coaches, athletic directors and principals for their outstanding achievements.

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Working through the recent winter break, the Douglas County School District Board of Education has kicked off its search for DCSD’s next permanent superintendent. Following a thorough vetting of potential search firms, Ray & Associates (no relation to Board Director David Ray) has been hired to conduct the national search. The cost of the firm, excluding travel expenses, is $40,000. The money will come from the school board's budget, which is used for costs such as legal expenses and conferences.