I Give for Team DPS because…
Our kids are our future and what better way to ensure their future than to give in any way possible towards education and opportunities.
- Kenneth Maestas, Administration Security Officer- 900 Grant Street.
Does Ken’s face look familiar? He frequently interfaces with DPS educators, families and constituents at the 900 Grant Administration Building. He has been supporting the campaign for several years and is now a team captain! Ken represents one of the hundreds of donors who support the I Give for Team DPS employee giving campaign! Thank you to Ken and all other educators for your support of DPS!
I Give for Team DPS because….
It’s a great way to live our shared values – and have DOUBLE the impact on programs that help Every Student Succeed!
I am giving to Team DPS because:
- I have 4 children who went through DPS from Kindergarten through graduation successfully! (a couple of bumps but finished successfully in the end!)
- I have always wanted to be a cheerleader (I was cut second round in high school – couldn’t complete two cartwheels in a row…some of you already know this fact) so I am cheering for DPS – Yeah!
- DPS Foundation has granted funds to South (and previous schools I was on staff with) for important programs that support our students.
- I want SOUTH to be #1 in the amount of people giving (does NOT depend on amount of dollars!)
- I want SOUTH to get the $1,000!
- I want Boasberg to never forget who made him match the most dollars - :)
- I want a prize (the next drawing is on December 3rd)
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Ricoh is generously supporting the Education Advisory Councils within DPS to provide academic and social support for DPS students. There are several Councils within DPS, for example the Asian Education Advisory Council, and the Latino Advisory Council.
These Councils, made up of community members, exist to function as a communication link between the population they serve and DPS. They ensure students are receiving the services they need, and assist in developing programs to increase parent and student engagement.
Thank you Ricoh for this generous gift which will provide the Councils with the resources they need to host events, conduct meetings, and communicate with students.
Featured in photo (left to right):
- Ngoc Dinh, Ricoh
- Veronica Figoli, Denver Public Schools
- Mike Bodenstedt, Ricoh
- Kristin Colon, Denver Public Schools Foundation
- Joseph Lawrence, Ricoh
Many of us have a distinct moment or two that we often reflect upon and name as the influential points that led us to our careers paths. Shanese Benally had one of those moments after attending the National Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) Competition in 2012, an experience that helped her decide to pursue a career in Culinary Arts. Shanese and five other DPS classmates had the opportunity to participate in the Competition after being awarded United Airlines Travel Funds by the DPS Foundation’s A to Z Fund, underwriting the travel to Las Vegas for these aspiring students.
While in Las Vegas, students competed in Knife Skills, Chicken Fabrication and other culinary contests. The students arrived ready to impress! Shanese received 1st place in the Chicken Fabrication event, Paola Barrios placed 2nd in the Knife Skills event and Marshawn Robinson placed 3rd in the knife skills event! The students were charged up with energy and had full confidence in their skills after attending the Competition.
Shanese a DPS student who identifies as being Navajo now has a goal of opening up restaurants on various Indian Reservations that provide a fun place for teenagers and young adults to eat well while providing a popular mix of popular culture recipes as well as traditional food items.
It was the experience of a lifetime for all students and was particularly special for two students who had never had the opportunity to fly on an airplane before. These are the types of experiential learning opportunities that your support for the DPS Foundation and the A to Z Fund helps make possible. The fall 2013 A to Z Fund recipients have just been announced, visit our blog post to read more. We look forward to sharing more stories from the fall funding cycle over the next few weeks. To learn more about the DPS Foundation A to Z Fund please visit here.
Krissie Deeks is a native Coloradoan and has been a DPS teacher for 19 years, now in her fifth year teaching Early Childhood Education at Godsman Elementary.
“I give to the DPS Foundation because I believe in equity for all students,” says Deeks. “Every child deserves to have the same opportunities in school. I know what I’m able to do in my classroom for my students – but doesn’t every classroom across DPS deserve the same thing? When I give to the DPS Foundation, I feel part of something bigger, that’s helping meet the needs of ALL our kids.”
When Krissie wears her red Team DPS campaign hat or drinks from her DPS Foundation water bottle she knows she is a champion for public education. The magical environment at Godsman is influenced by programs funded by the DPS Foundation. Krissie knows first-hand that programs like the A to Z Fund, Fit, Fun & Literacy and Lights On After School help give all kids a leg up on academic success. “I give because I see firsthand every day the difference these programs make. I give because I believe in every child in Denver Public Schools, and I’ll do whatever I can to support their success.”
Learn more about the campaign TODAY at www.dpsfoundation.org/teamdps.