BENEFITING: DENVER SCHOOL OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY INC
EVENT DATE: Mar 25, 2016
When I was in high school I had the opportunity to be a part of the founding service learning club at DSST Stapleton. Aside from developing some of the best friendships I have today, my participation with the service learning group helped spark a sense of civic engagement that propelled me to be an active member of my community through college and beyond.
That being said, you can imagine how excited I was when a small group of students asked me to be a part of the founding service learning trip at the Green Valley Ranch campus. Bringing things full circle, I can't wait to accompany the students on a trip to Appalachia over our upcoming spring break. Of the $18,000 we need to raise for the trip, the students have been asked to raise about half of that money. However, that still leaves the other $9,000 which is where you come in. I would greatly appreciate any contribution to make this trip a reality for our small group of students!
Over Spring Break, ten students will travel to Williamson, West Virginia in the Appalachian Mountains, the poorest region of the United States. While there the students will learn firsthand what it means to live and survive in poverty. Leading up to the trip, students are participating in a class on social action and how students can make a difference in their community.
We will be working with Sustainable Williamson in Central Appalachia to build local, sustainable community models for low-income communities in access to health and food systems.
Not only is food security a timely issue in our nation, but it is likely very personal for our students living in the communities of Green Valley Ranch and Montbello. Although Colorado is one of the healthiest states in the nation, there's no doubt that food deserts exist in a number of our local communities. Because 72% of my students fall below the national poverty line many of them can relate to issues like the ones we will be facing this spring.
I'm extremely proud to have graduated from DSST Stapleton and even more so to teach at DSST Green Valley Ranch High School. If you graduated with me or follow DSST, you might know that it's ranked the #1 high school in Denver every year while open, since 2012, based upon the School Performance Framework. Additionally, 100% of graduating seniors are accepted to a four year college or university of their choice. However, while those statistics tell a story of accademic excellence, it's opportunities like this; for students to develop lifetime friendships, open their eyes to new parts of the world, and build the skills to take on active roles in their communities that will help provide our students with the kind of education that can't be captured in statistics. The benefits of this trip will go beyond impacting our students and the people they serve to ripple through the communities they live in.
Feel free to reach out to me for additional details or with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org. I'll keep everyone updated with pictures/videos of the trip.