Students collect ‘fortress' worth of food for Parker Task Force PARKER - The students at Mammoth Heights Elementary will celebrate the completion …
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Students collect ‘fortress' worth of food for Parker Task
PARKER - The students at Mammoth Heights Elementary will celebrate
the completion of a huge food drive on Friday.
The two Mammoth Heights classes that collected the most food will
design and build a fortress around the school's mascot-Marty the
Mammoth-in the school's atrium, using the thousands of cans of food
"It is up to the students," explained Shannon Exum, one of the
parents who organized the food drive. "The students are going to
complete the castle. The students are going to use their
imaginations to complete it."
Exum was one of the parents who spent Thursday evening gathering
all of the food in preparation for Friday's event. She says she's
not sure just how many items were donated.
"Millions, I feel like. A lot!" Shannon Exum said.
All of the food collected will be donated to the Parker Task Force.
The students also collected pieces of the packaging for the Box
Tops for Education program-which earns additional money for the
"We all benefit," said Exum.
She says the project have made the students excited about
"We're fortunate and we just want them to know that there are
others that are less fortunate and that it feels good to give,"
It's not a trick... students collect treats for soldiers, rescue
CASTLE ROCK - When most people think of Halloween, memories of
costumes and stockpiling candy probably come to mind. Students at
several Douglas County schools honored tradition, with a new twist:
Instead of trick-or-treating for themselves, they did it for
Both Castle Rock Elementary and Stone Mountain Elementary in
Highlands Ranch held Halloween events that will truly be a treat
Through "Reverse Trick-or-Treating," students at Stone Mountain
Elementary collected 4,649 items for the Denver Rescue Mission,
including 796 razors, 140 sticks of deodorant, 466 tubes of
toothpaste, 1,033 diapers, 201 cans of shaving cream, 179 bottles
of shampoo, 918 toothbrushes, and 916 bars of soap. These items
will be distributed to homeless men, women and children at shelters
across metro Denver.
Meanwhile, the Castle Rock Elementary "Sugar Rush" resulted in a
collection of candy weighing in at 375 pounds. U.S. troops serving
in the Middle East will be on the receiving end of this
trick-or-treat outing. The school's Parent Community Forum has
plans to collect even more candy next year-they've set the goal of
collecting one pound of food from every student at the school-which
would mean 500 pounds of sweets for soldiers next Halloween.
Middle School students put financial literacy lessons to work
HIGHLANDS RANCH- Eighth graders at Mountain Ridge Middle School now
have a better understanding of the financial challenges their
parents must manage.
Teachers Beth Peters and Deb Fox-Gliessman have completed a
month-long learning unit about personal finance, introducing
budgeting, taxes, financial planning and saving to the soon-to-be
adults in their classrooms.
Researching careers and financial concepts provided a new
perspective to the middle schoolers, as they contemplated their
"dream lives." As a result, students found themselves thinking in
new ways about the future, from educational and career goals, to
the role they will play as active citizens and community
The personal finance unit culminated with a field trip to the Wells
Fargo building in Denver to experience Junior Achievement's Finance
Park, a financial literacy center for middle and high school
students. Upon entering the building, each student was assigned a
fictitious "life," and was then tasked with making decisions about
budgeting for housing, clothing, groceries, transportation,
entertainment and insurance.
Students experienced real-life simulations for each of the concepts
they learned in the classroom, and finished the day with an
increased understanding of how to align personal goals with sound
Mesa Middle School community encouraged to ‘Give from the
CASTLE ROCK- The National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) at Mesa
Middle School has decided to make its food and toy drive a
community-wide effort this year.
In addition to persuading classmates to give, the NJHS members are
also encouraging community members to make a contribution.
To participate, drop off non-perishable food and new, unwrapped
toys donations at at Mesa Middle School on Saturday, December 3rd,
from 8:00 a.m. until noon.
Ranch View "Mixes It Up"
HIGHLANDS RANCH - The Ranch View Middle School student body has
completed a month-long campaign about social acceptance with an
activity that tested how well they have learned the lesson.
November 11 was designated as "Mix It Up Day." During lunch,
students were encouraged to break away from their friends and eat
with others. Each student was assigned a letter of the alphabet ,
which designated their table assignment.
Teachers and administrators joined the effort by encouraging
students to ask some "start questions." All were encouraged to move
out of their routine social networks and interact with their peers.
New social bonds naturally occurred as the lunch crowd "mixed it
Eighth-grader Tori Alleyne summed up the results of campaign: "I
learned about different people and their interests. It was really
cool to find out how much we had in common."
Stone Mountain Elementary tackles hunger
HIGHLANDS RANCH - Stone Mountain Elementary was one of 15 schools
in the metro Denver area invited to take part in the Denver Broncos
"Tackle Hunger" food drive. The effort is part of the larger 25th
Annual Broncos Wives Food Drive.
During the last week of October, boxes filled with more than 1,000
non-perishable items appeared in the hallway at the school.
The Stone Mountain Student Council organized the effort.
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