Summer Program Expansion

By Coleen Truax

Twelve schools. More than 850 students. And a fresh approach to STEM education. An exciting summer of learning is underway!

Thanks to our new partnership with Denver Public Schools’ Summer Academy, we’ve been able to expand summer programming this year.  At six school sites, Summer Academy students can enjoy a full day of summer learning this year – because we’re providing afternoon enrichment and recreation to Summer Academy students. Plus, siblings of Summer Academy students are participating in our traditional full-day program, with literacy in the mornings, then enrichment and recreation in the afternoons.  This dramatic expansion of DPS’ Summer Academy was made possible thanks to the mill levy increase approved by Denver voters in 2016.

Of course, we’re also providing our full-day summer program at six other schools, thanks to funding from our 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant, the state’s Tony Grampsas Youth Services program, Colorado Health Foundation, and donors like YOU.

At three school sites — College View, Farrell B. Howell and Whittier K-8 – we’re working in partnership with Denver’s Office of Children’s Affair and host of corporate sponsors, led by Jacobs Engineering Group, to present the Next Generation City Builders program.

At these sites, each afternoon’s enrichment block features numerous planning activities, design challenges, and hands-on STEM activities – all related to city planning and design. “We’re excited to be a part of the Next Generation City Builders program,” said Diana Romero Campbell, president of Scholars Unlimited. “The curriculum is educational and engaging, and it is enabling our scholars to learn about ‘real-life” applications of science, technology, engineering and math while they participate in really fun, hands-on/minds-on activities.”

Want to learn more about Next Generation City Builders? Read more here. Or check out this video.