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Special Edition
December 20, 2013
The students in Douglas County Schools demonstrate a spirit of community throughout the year. During the holiday season, stories abound of sharing and giving. Here is a sample of their accomplishments as we wish you and your family a joyful winter break.
Mountain Vista  
High School

Students in Mrs. Clark's Honors English II class are holding a fundraiser to provide lunches to children in Zimbabwe.


The Fellowship of Christian Athletes is holding a shoe drive to benefit Soles for Souls, a non-profit that donates shoes and funds to people in disadvantaged communities.

Cresthill Middle School

Twenty boxes of food have been collected and delivered to the Panther Pantry in Highlands Ranch. Donations are still coming in, and another delivery is scheduled to take place before Christmas.

Meadow View Elementary School

Kindergarten students donated $250 to give to a needy family. This giving project was done in conjunction with a Social Studies lesson about money.

Castle Rock Elementary School

A school-wide drive was held to benefit the Douglas/Elbert Task Force. Each classroom was asked to bring in non-perishable items, including toiletries. Over the course of one week, students collected more than 1,000 items.

Heritage Elementary School


"Sock it to Malawi" was held in conjunction with the Winter Concert held at Heritage. Students collected change in socks, which were collected on the day of the concert. Proceeds were donated to the Malawi project, which purchases goats for impoverished families.  

Eldorado Elementary School   

A joint effort among the classrooms, preschool and BASE program at Eldorado resulted in the shipment of 72 care packages to soldiers in the 2nd Platoon, Lightening Troop, 2nd Cavalry Regiment in Afghanistan.


Students adopted members of the platoon and filled boxes with themed gifts, essential toiletries, favorite snacks, personal cards, stories and pictures.


"Your boxes truly are a blessing," wrote LT1 Joseph Ivanov, who, in appreciation, sent the school an American flag that accompanied the platoon on each of their missions.

Pine Lane Elementary School 

Fourth, fifth and sixth-grade students from the North Campus raised over $800 for the Parker Task Force. Donations were collected in the form of ticket sales for the holiday musical, "I Need A Little Christmas Vacation." Computer Resource Teacher, Cindy Merrill, and Vocal Music Specialist, Brian Leatherman, directed the performances.


Throughout December, the fourth, fifth and sixth-grade classes also competed against each other during Physical Educator Teacher Kelly Wilbert's annual Penny Wars campaign. The effort raised money for Pine Lane's Holiday Adoption program, which provides needy families with gifts and clothing.

Prairie Crossing Elementary School

Students TJ Berry (2nd Grade) and his younger brother Noah (Kindergarten) requested a meeting with the principal and pitched the idea of sponsoring a "movie night" at school. They would serve popcorn and drinks and in turn, kids were asked to make a donation to Hunger Free Colorado.

More than 70 children attended, and 11 students from Highlands Ranch High School volunteered to help supervise. When all was said and done, $750 was donated to Hunger Free Colorado.

Prairie Crossing, Pine Lane, Mammoth Heights, and
Fox Creek Elementary Schools  

Staff and students worked together on behalf of the Adopt a Family program. The result: 73 families, 296 individuals and 192 kids will have a brighter holiday season!  In addition to each school adopting families, Prairie Crossing created a giving tree, Pine Lane raised $1000 with a penny war, and Fox Creek raised $500 at a bake sale.

Wildcat Mountain Elementary School

Students and staff contributed coins to assist with summer flooding recovery efforts for families from an elementary school in Greeley. Their Coins 4 Colorado effort produced a total of $1,300 for the Bella Romero Elementary School community. Fourth grade Teachers Launa Peterson and Chris Goodman lead the Community Service Team at Wildcat Mountain.


Pictured: Fourth and fifth grade Community Service Team members Leanna Navo, Bethany Detwiler, Jack Dietz, Jack Zilligen, and Logan Grether-Kurtic.led by 4th Grade Teachers Launa Peterson and Chris Goodman.

Many more student, classroom and school efforts
have benefited families and organizations locally,
nationally and internationally.


Thank you to all who have contributed!   

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