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Paying it Forward Through DCSD

Students passing books

HIGHLANDS RANCH - Students spent the last week performing hundreds of random acts of kindness at Eldorado Elementary. What started with a handful of thank you notes, extra chores at home, or even helping fellow students at school, quickly escalated into a very large pay it forward event.

Using their love for books and the school’s push for literacy, students began donating books to share with others. On Thursday, students at Eldorado finished collecting over 1,600 books to donate to nearby Sedalia Elementary School. The idea was to share Eldorado’s love for books and literacy with its neighboring school and its students. 

 

The large act of kindness will ensure each family at Sedalia receives five to six book a piece.

After hearing about the event at Eldorado, Douglas County School District Transportation Department decided to donate a bus and driver to pick up books at Eldorado and then deliver them at Sedalia Elementary.

Students unloading the bus

Members of Eldorado’s Student Government helped unload the books and work along with Sedalia’s Sustainability Team to get them delivered.

The two groups then meet together. Eldorado Elementary then challenged Sedalia to come up with a way to pay it forward and help another school within the Douglas County School District.

piles and piles of books     

As this wave continues its way through Douglas County School District, kids are getting a chance to see what a chain reaction of kindness can look like, and first-hand knowledge of the impacts they can make!

 

February 21, 2017 | By acarlson1 | Category: Schools

District News

Colorful dark sky with a near-full eclipse of the sun.

Planning is already underway to ensure that students can experience this unique event. We are asking our staff to take precautionary measures if they plan to involve their students in this amazing experience, to ensure the safety of all involved. Students will be instructed not to look at the partially or even near-fully eclipsed sun with the naked eye.  Additionally, homemade filters or ordinary sunglasses—even very dark ones—are not safe for looking at the sun.

 

student speaking at podium, teacher looking at her proudly.

The Boettcher Foundation recently honored 42 Colorado teachers for the significant impact they have had on some of Colorado’s top students – with five of the teachers coming from the Douglas County School District. Every year, the Boettcher Foundation allows each scholarship recipient to acknowledge the teacher who has had the greatest impact on the student’s life. During a special ceremony at the Denver Botanic Gardens, each Boettcher Scholar shared moving stories and thoughtful remarks about his or her teacher.

Large group of middle school students walking on an outdoor field.

All Douglas County School District (DCSD) Middle Schools are gaining an additional full-time counselor this year thanks to a recent grant awarded by the State of Colorado totaling nearly $900,000. Each counselor will have a specific focus on school culture and prevention related to mental health and substance abuse. Additionally, the grant includes funds awarded to each middle school for evidence-based prevention programs and activities.