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Families are struggling as unemployment remains high, and teachers typically spend $500-$1,000 of their own money on school supplies due to cuts in education. AARP Colorado is helping defray the costs by sponsoring a school supply drive for the Denver Street School.
The Denver Street School is a private nonprofit alternative school that works to change the lives of students who do not perform well in a traditional school setting and have dropped out of school or been expelled from other schools. Founded in 1985, The Denver Street School offers struggling students a second chance to earn their high school diploma. The school maintains an 80 percent graduation rate.
From Aug. 15 to Sept. 10, AARP Colorado and CSPERA will embark on a mission to help teachers, parents and students of The Denver Street School get the supplies needed so students can do their best in school.
All donations collected during the school supply drive will go to benefit the Denver Street School as part of this year’s Create The Good Day of Service.
Between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. collection bins will be available for donations of school supplies. Supplies may be dropped off at the Denver Street School, 1380 Ammons St. in Lakewood or at AARP's office, 303 E. 17th Ave., Denver.
By visiting the AARP CO website www.aarp.org/co, those who wish to donate can find additional drop-off points, instructions on how to donate cash, as well as a list of the most needed supplies. Those willing to volunteer may also find more information at the website.
“We are very excited about this drive to help students, who tend not to fit-in traditional school settings,” said Create The Good Lead Cathy Lasnik. “They are excelling at the Denver Street School and our project will enhance their chances of graduating.”
The school supply drive will help ease the burden from school budget cuts shortfalls with the sole effort of volunteers and donations. Volunteers are needed and encouraged to help their community through resources from AARP’s CreateTheGood.org.
AARP’s sponsorship of the school supply drive also creates a multi-generational approach to volunteerism, in which AARP volunteers can engage with young people, Lasnik said.