Expanded Summer Programming

By Coleen Truax

We’re so exited — because summer programming is expanded this year! Thanks to a new partnership with Denver Public Schools’ Summer Academy, we’re able to serve nearly 1,350 students this year!

Typically, DPS offers its half-day Summer Academy program to English language learners; the program is also open to young students who are eligible for additional services under the provisions of the Colorado READ Act. However, Denver voters’ approval of the 2016 mill levy means more funding … so this year, Summer Academy students can sign up for our afternoon enrichment and participate in full-day programming. Siblings of Summer Academy students can participate in our full-day programs, too, at six program sites: College View, Farrell B. Howell, Florida Pitt Waller, McGlone, Schmitt, and Whitter. Want details? More info here:  https://scholarsunlimited.org/expanded-summer-programming/

In addition, we’re providing our Summer Scholars program at Ashley, Columbine, Harrington, John Amesse, and Oakland, plus Park Lane Elementary in Aurora.

All of our students will participate in the Youth One Book, One Denver program. This year’s selection: Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus, by Dusti Bowling.The book’s story line centers on solving a mystery in the deserts of Arizona – but the themes run much deeper. Through this book, students will learn about having differences, and accepting differences in one’s own self and others – providing a powerful platform for social-emotional skills development.