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DCEF joins community partners to kick off annual school supply drive

CASTLE ROCK - This week, the Douglas County Educational Foundation (DCEF) kicks off the annual school supply drive.
“For most parents, back-to-school is still a long way off but we’re already planning to help hundreds of students in need,” said Amy Sherman, President of the DCEF Board of Trustees.  “We want to make sure that every single Douglas County student has the supplies he or she needs to start school and be successful.”
According to Sherman, last year DCEF raised more than $20,000 and provided 600 students with supplies ranging from notebooks to calculators.  
“This year, we hope to best that number by giving teachers additional supplies for their classrooms,” continued Sherman.
The most needed supplies include the following:
  • #2 Pencils
  • Spiral Notebooks
  • Index Cards
  • Highliighters
  • Markers (Crayola Washable)
  • Pens (Red, Blue & Black)
  • Pink Erasers
  • Paper
  • Crayons
  • Ruled Paper (Wide & College Ruled)
  • Tissues
  • Dry Erase Markers
  • Scissors (Elementary & Secondary)
  • Colored Pencils
  • Glue Sticks
  • Composition Books (Wide & Narrow Ruled)
  • Pocket Folders (with and without brads, in multi-colors)
  • Post-Its
  • Flash Drives 

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DCEF has joined with a number of community organizations to collect school supplies.  The lengthy list of community partners includes Leadership Douglas County, the Giving Tree, Douglas County Libraries, Douglas County Safeway Stores, Douglas/Elbert Task Force, Panther Pantry, Waste Management, Walgreens, Kaiser Permanente Colorado, DIRECTV, the US Army, Chambers of Commerce, the Meadows Neighborhood Company, Sam’s Club and others.
“On behalf of the Panther Food Pantry, we are thrilled to be partnering with the DCEF to assemble backpacks bursting with school supplies for students in need in Douglas County.  On a daily basis, we see the incredible need in this community that many people do not see.  With the efforts of amazing organizations and the community, we can help ease the burden of 'back to school" shopping for many families and students in the district,” said Panther Pantry Director, Jen Zander. 
Where to Donate
Donations are being collected at the following locations: Douglas County School District Administration Building, Douglas County Chambers of Commerce offices, Belly-Up Spa in Highlands Ranch, Smart Cow in Castle Rock and the U.S. Army Recruiting Station in Parker.  Beginning July 7 Douglas County libraries will collect donations and on Saturday, July 20, Safeway stores across Douglas County will accept donations. 
"The Giving Tree school supply effort is a perfect match to the vision of the library and staff to help develop well rounded students.  Having the right supplies to get a good start on the school year is critical for every child.  And if this is a way to welcome the generosity of our patrons towards that goal, we want to be as supportive as possible," said Susan Squyer, Leadership Douglas County’s Giving Tree.
Douglas County Educational Foundation supports the students, schools and teachers in Douglas County School District.  Visit for more information.
June 18, 2013 | By Anonymous | 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.

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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.