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Hundreds of students and staff stand shoulder-to-shoulder to give

Students expand over a long line around a bend.

LONE TREE - Each December, every student from kindergarten to sixth-grade at Acres Green Elementary forms a line nearly one mile in length down Maximus Drive in Lone Tree, from the doors of the school to the doors of the Lone Tree ARC donation center, creating an assembly line of giving. Hand-to-hand, items collected for donation are passed through everyone until it reaches the ARC.

Sixth-grade student, Lauren Markwell says, “this is for people who need help, especially on days like today. It’s cold out here and our donation will help people who don’t have the items they need.”

Students passing donated items through the line.      One girl passing a bag of donated items to another.

Boy with reflective jacket carrying bags of donated items along a snowy sidewalk.

Teachers and administrators from Acres Green, volunteers, South Metro Firefighters and ARC staff additionally join the students in line to help deliver the bags of clothes, shoes and other household items.

“This is amazing. It's nice to see them all together and working as team. I’ve never seen this many kids in one place – not running around,” says ARC Employee, John Dana.

Another ARC employee, Philip Yankton said, “It's teaching these kids a good moral value. I think it's showing them how to care about each other and reach out in the community. Today is a good day.”

Arc staff collect donated items at their truck.

In all, hundreds of items were collected and donated to ARC. Sixth-grader, Jaymason Collins says, “It makes people appreciate what they have because there are lots of people who don’t have what we have and this is helping them.”

The experience gave students a firsthand look at what it means to be a community and come together with the plan and idea of helping those who are less fortunate this holiday season.

Group of students standing in front of fire engine with South Metro firefighters




December 14, 2016 | By CSilberman | Category: Acres Green Elementary School, Elementary Education

District News

Last month, the Board of Education passed a resolution tasking the Superintendent to convene a task force inclusive of members of the general public and staff members. This task force will develop a survey for parents of students eligible for special education services and a survey for staff members who serve students eligible for special education services.

Board members sitting at the dais

CASTLE ROCK - On February 6, the Douglas County School District (DCSD) Board of Education confirmed its commitment to begin the process of seeking approval from voters for additional local funding.

“Our children need a bond and mill levy override (MLO) to be passed in 2018, beyond any doubt,” said DCSD Board of Education President David Ray. “We want to move forward immediately with the necessary processes and collaboration with our community in order to finalize a formal funding package.”

Eleven Douglas County School District schools have been named recipients of the 2017 John Irwin Schools of Excellence Awards. The John Irwin awards are given to schools that demonstrate exceptional academic achievement over time. These schools received an "Exceeds Expectations" rating on the Academic Achievement indicator of the School Performance Frameworks reflecting exceptional performance in Math, English Language Arts, and Science.