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Prairie Crossing students help find kidney for teacher

Prairie Crossing teacher, Molly Wright, was in need of a kidney transplant. Students immediately organized a campaign called "Find Molly a Kidney." What they were able to accomplish was an amazing feat.

PARKER- When fifth-grade students at Prairie Crossing Elementary heard their beloved gym teacher, Molly Wright, lost 90 percent of her kidney function last year following the birth of her son, Nolan, and was placed on the transplant list, they immediately put a plan together to raise awareness and work together to help her.

Through their campaign, Find Molly A Kidney, the students came up with 17 ways they could try to help her, as well as provide awareness to the community about kidney donations.

 

This past Monday, students hosted a school-wide assembly and invited the National Kidney Foundation to speak and teach others the importance of their kidneys. They created awareness videos they showed during the assembly.

By Tuesday, Molly received a life changing phone call that a kidney was available. Thanks to the efforts of Prairie Crossing fifth graders, Molly will undergo her surgery in a few weeks.  

Read more about Molly's story here

May 25, 2016 | By CSilberman | Category:

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.