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Teachers and students become familiar faces for those with Alzheimer's

Students working with residents at Highline Place

LITTLETON - Every other Wednesday you can walk down the halls of Highline Place Memory Care facility in Littleton and hear the overwhelming sound of children and laughter. The noise will immediately put a smile across your face. But once you get closer, and you can see the smiles and the interaction between the students and staff from Saddle Ranch Elementary School and Highline’s residents, the vision will warm your heart.

According to Saddle Ranch Elementary school principal, Dr. Jennifer Malouff, the school started its volunteer program just a few short months ago. During every visit they provide a handful of crafts like coloring and painting, games that encourage hand and eye coordination and other activities that provide ways to connect with the residents.Student painting with residents.

The residents look forward to the visits every-other week, almost as much as the kids.

staff and students work with residents at Highline Place

At the beginning of the school year, Saddle Ranch staff made a decision to incorporate philanthropic events and activities into its Professional Development days, classrooms and after-school programs. This year alone, the school has baked and decorated cookies for the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, packed over 150 sack lunches to the Samaritan House of Denver, provided support and volunteered for countless charities, food drives, and organizations.

Students playing games with residents

It’s giving students and staff a chance to prove the school’s motto, take care of yourself, take care of each other and take care of this place, and make sure they are leaving their community a better place than when they started.

 
March 9, 2017 | By acarlson1 | Category: Schools

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Banner displayed on a brick wall that says "What are your Sources of Strength?"

A fairly new partnership between DCSD’s Prevention & School Culture team and Douglas County Teen Court coordinators is providing a new path for youth offenders. Additionally, Sources of Strength— now present in most DCSD high schools and some middle schools— is establishing a healthy culture and climate with the goal of catching youth long before they fall into unhealthy behaviors or consider taking their own lives.

 

Cohl in Athens at World Championship game, holding a large American flag over his head

Ponderosa High School student and wrestler Cohlton Schultz has just returned back from Athens, Greece to Colorado after becoming the first United States World Champion in 20 years in Greco-Roman wrestling.

Ponderosa Assistant Principal and Athletic Director, Tim Ottman led a 30-minute assembly Wednesday for Cohl, joined by Cohl’s parents, his coaches from the Olympic Training Center, his former Ponderosa wrestling coach (and current Assistant Principal) Corey McNellis, and current wrestling coach Tito Rinaldis.