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Wish For Wheels

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Life’s best memories always start with a first. For many students at Summit View Elementary in Highlands Ranch, it’s their first time building a bike. The bikes won’t be in their hands for long. They’ve spent the last year building relationships with buddies at Sedalia Elementary.

It’s all part of the Wish For Wheels program. 5th grade teacher Jill Sinclair says, “It’s been an idea we’ve tossing around for a long time, and it’s super exciting for it to come to action.” Every little buddy in Sedalia will get a brand new bike from their big buddy at Summit View. Students were responsible for raising $5,100 worth of corporate sponsorships to purchase the 51 bikes.A kindergarten student tries out her new bike.

More than bikes, they’ve built compassion. Their emotions are hard to miss in the afternoon as the 5th graders get ready to reveal a field full of bikes to the unsuspecting students at Sedalia. The anticipation builds as each big buddy scans the crowd for their little buddy.

A countdown ushers in the moment they’ve all looked forward to. “3, 2, 1, surprise!” The day of firsts continues as the kindergarteners hop on their new bikes. For some it’s the first bike they’ve owned. For others it’s their first time riding a bike.

The fun thing to watch for the adults on hand is the relationships being built up. Sinclair said, “It’s that compassion piece, which, it’s hard to teach unless you have a real authentic reason to show compassion.”

On a day of firsts, they’ve created memories that will last.

 

May 11, 2017 | By ccheline | 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.