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Community comes together to help Douglas County families in Strive to Thrive resource fair

PARKER- Douglas County employees, the Douglas County Educational Foundation (DCEF), and Douglas County School District (DCSD) Team UP Prevention and School Culture employees came together on Tuesday at the Southeast Christian Church in Parker for the biannual Strive to Thrive resource fair, which provides school supplies, medical resources, clothing and food for Douglas County families who are homeless or in need. This was the fourth summer Strive to Thrive event, hosted by the Douglas County Community of Care Network.

375 residents attended the event and 37 agencies and programs were present to serve those in attendance. Last year, 250 residents attended the Strive to Thrive event.

 

For the last two years, Strive to Thrive has been one of the pick up locations for Douglas County Educational Foundation's school supply distribution.

"It is a wonderful partnership that allows residents coming to obtain school supplies the ability to connect with other supportive agencies across the county," said Rand Clark, Community of Care Navigator for Douglas County.

 

     

Attendees had the ability to learn about employment opportunities, apply for food assistance, medical assistance, get a haircut, a dental check-up or receive a free stress test or wellness check. All services offered at the fair were free of charge.

 

“Strive to Thrive is a perfect example of the public-private partnerships we assemble that we hope will help return individuals and families to self-sufficiency,” said Douglas County Commissioner David A. Weaver. “The event is truly partnering at its best, and provides our most vulnerable citizens with the opportunity to connect with multiple service providers in one convenient location.”

 

Douglas County Educational Foundation handed out backpacks filled with school supplies, each tailored for a specific grade level. The backpacks were made possible thanks to DCEF's Lend a Hand Drive, supported by Douglas County families and community partners. DCEF is holding several additional school supply distribution events as the 2016-2017 school year begins, serving more than 1,000 families who are homeless or in need. DCEF is still accepting donations to ensure every individual student's need is met. You may make a contribution here.

July 28, 2016 | By NDJones | Category: Prevention and School Culture, 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.

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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.