• School Supplies Bring Smiles to D50

    The cost of back to school supplies quickly add up but thanks to some very generous community members, many kids now have what they need to learn to the best of their abilities.

    When the doctors at Cardinal Chiropractic of Westminster learned that many classrooms were running short on supplies and educators were often buying supplies out-of-pocket, they were determined to find a way to help. Doctors Dan Francis and Amanda Swartz talked with Board of Education member Ryan McCoy and decided it made sense to ask their patients to contribute to the cause.

    “We wanted to reach the community in any way we could,” said Dr. Francis.

    They certainly did. Francis and Swartz collected and donated a large amount of backpacks, markers, notebooks and various other materials that will be used every day in classrooms.

    The two have no intention of stopping there. “We plan to continue this each year,” said Dr. Swartz. “I hope to see it grow in the future.”

    Cardinal Chiropractic is also planning to put together a turkey dinner drive this year during the holiday season. Look for details in future Insider issues.

    Another large donation came to D50 this month from World Vision, a non-profit humanitarian organization that works with low-income communities.

    World Vision collected and distributed over 300 backpacks full of supplies to young students at Hodgkins and F.M. Day through the help of organizations such as the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA).

    “School supplies are often overlooked when considering a student’s learning,” said Hodgkins Principal Sarah Gould. “We are beyond grateful for the generosity of our various community members that helped contribute.”

    AAMA even sent representatives out to Colorado to hand out the backpacks personally.

    An overview of the World Vision program can be found at www.worldvision.org/schooltools.

    Photos of the donations can be found here.

    Posted September 18, 2014