On Tuesday, November 19, 2019, Wells Fargo leadership joined Fairview Elementary students during Fairview’s “Lights On Afterschool” program. The visit celebrated Wells Fargo’s continued investment in afterschool programming at 15 high-need schools in the Denver Public Schools system, collectively serving more than 1,700 students.
Wells Fargo presented a $150,000 check to the DPS Foundation. Following the check presentation, Wells Fargo employees joined students in their afterschool programming.
The benefits of afterschool programming are well-documented, particularly for students in need. According to Afterschool Alliance, afterschool programming provides students with a safe place to be after the school day ends. It also helps kids stay in school by providing assistance with homework, and offering more opportunities for reading, writing, science and math learning. These programs help families as well, by allowing working parents to work without worrying about their children being alone during the critical hours from 3-6 p.m. when they are most vulnerable to getting in trouble due to lack of supervision.
“With Wells Fargo’s focus on education, we know the importance of a safe place for students to play and learn,” said Wells Fargo Vice President, Community Affairs, Kelly Donovan. “DPS’s Lights On Afterschool program is a great opportunity to support students throughout Denver metro. We are excited to be able to support the full Lights On Afterschool program across all 15 participating schools.”
“We are very grateful for Wells Fargo’s continued support of our students through the afterschool programs,” said DPS Foundation President and CEO Verónica Figoli. “Supporting after school programs is a win-win: families have a place where their kids can continue to learn in enriching environments while the parents can work. This is a key strategy that is aligned to the two generation approach in supporting family self-sufficiency as well as students’ academic outcomes. Thank you to our longtime partner, Wells Fargo, for making this incredible investment in our kids. We are grateful to Wells Fargo for continuing to put our students first so that all students may graduate ready to lead a successful life so that our city will continue to thrive.”