Farm-to-cafeteria program enriches student life
Denver Public schools (DPS) is the third-largest procurer of local food in the state, according to a recent U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm to School Census. A news release from DPS said the school purchased nearly 200,000 pounds of fresh produce from farmers during the 2017-2018 school year.
Teaching children about healthy eating is a focus for the school district, the news release said.
Schools in the district also grow their own produce. Stephen Cochenour runs the farms for DPS. All of the food produced by DPS goes directly to students.
“Because DPS is the farm, it’s not as though there’s a transactional element like traditional farm-to-cafeteria programs,” Cochenour said. “DPS owns the land and the seeds and I’m a DPS employee. We’re navigating this new space of what it looks like to focus on production with actual school farms.”
Board of Education supports Amendment 73
On Sept. 20, the DPS Board of Education unanimously voted on a resolution in support of Amendment 73, according to a news release. The amendment will be on the state ballot this November. The measure could bring in $1.6 billion in additional funding for schools across the state if passed by voters. DPS would receive about $150 million of the pool, the release said.
Amendment 73 will increase corporate tax rates, as well as the tax rates of those earning $150,000 or more.
If the measure if approved, DPS has proposed putting $36 million toward teacher compensation.
DPS receives $1 million grant for trauma awareness
The Campbell Foundation awarded a $1 million grant to the DPS Foundation. The Campbell Foundation is operated by Janice and Jim Campbell.
The grant will support a strategy to provide training and coaching for trauma-informed practices, according to a news release from DPS. The district will develop a trauma certification for DPS staff.
Autumn food drives on the horizon
McKinley-Thatcher Elementary School at 1230 S. Grant St. will hold its annual autumn food drive beginning in early November. Donations support Thanksgiving food baskets for school families as well as the food bank at South High School. Community members are invited to bring donations to the school’s front office.
Families interested in enrolling at McKinley-Thatcher for the 2019-2020 school year are invited to RSVP for a school tour by calling 720-424-5600. Tours run the last Friday of the month from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. and are a great opportunity to visit classrooms with the school principal and get all questions answered.
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