Now serving students in Westminster

By Coleen Truax

Students are returning to classes — which means recruitment is underway for our Scholars After School program. This year, we’re excited to be recruiting at two new schools: Harris Park and Mesa elementary schools, located in Westminster Public Schools district.

This expansion, our second beyond the borders of DPS, began with conversations with Becky Hoffman, CEO of the Youth Initiative of Adams County. The mission of the Initiative is to drive the shared efforts of cross-sector partners committed to improving youth outcomes, from cradle to career.

Becky is a long-time fan of Scholars Unlimited’s programs. And she knew that Westminster Public Schools was eager to expand out-of-school-time opportunities for the district’s students.

Becky introduced us to Dr. James Duffy, Chief Operating Officer at WPS, who welcomed the opportunity to work with Scholars Unlimited. Dr. Duffy enlisted the support of Westminster Parks & Recreation and the Hyland Hills Recreation District.

Together, we developed program plans and shared agreements. Now, thanks to funding awarded from the Colorado Department of Education via the 21st Century Community Learning Centers program, we get to put those plans in motion!

We’ll be serving 50 students at each school site, providing both Scholars After School and Summer Scholars at Harris Park and Mesa. Westminster Parks and Rec is providing staffing at Harris Park, and Hyland Hills Rec is providing staffing at Mesa. Thanks to our 24-year partnership with Denver Parks and Recreation, it was easy to use our existing model to develop working agreements with these wonderful new partners.

“No one organization can do it alone,” said Dr. Duffy. “WPS values our collaborations with Scholars, the City of Westminster, and Hyland Hills. Thanks to everyone who stepped up to the plate to support our kids and community.”