The A to Z Fund provides grants to individual schools for programs and activities that go beyond schools’ limited budgets. Through this program, the DPS Foundation provides grants to schools for educational materials, athletic equipment, enrichment classes, competition fees, field trip expenses and more. These grants are available to any DPS school to enhance classroom learning. The A to Z Fund provides equal opportunity to students district-wide to participate in enrichment opportunities.
In some schools, individual parents, PTA organizations, and neighborhood groups can provide financial support that enables students to participate in enriching activities. However, 70 percent of all Denver Public Schools students qualify for the free or reduced meals program and many schools are in low-income neighborhoods where families or parent groups simply do not have the resources to help schools offer these kinds of opportunities to their students.
Oftentimes, educators report spending their own money – sometimes as much as several hundred dollars in a year– to purchase educational materials or subsidize field trips because they want their students to excel. While this is generous and demonstrates the commitment of our educators, it isn’t a sustainable solution to help all students have access to these opportunities. The A to Z Fund promotes equity by offering funding to all schools, and helps lessen the burden on our educators. With your help – especially in light of tight classroom budgets – the A to Z Fund can put resources directly into the hands of teachers allowing them to create exceptional learning environments for every student.
- There is an ongoing – and growing – need for schools to find private sources of funding to build the quality of their students’ school experience
- Despite receiving hundreds of highly qualified applications, the DPS Foundation only has funding to fulfill approximately two-thirds of all grant requests. We need your help to expand the A to Z Fund and further empower our teachers working to give their students the opportunities, resources and experiences they need and deserve throughout their education.
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Watch a video clip of a fall 2013 A to Z Fund recipient who used the grant funds to provide hands-on, investigative science activities for her students.
View a full list of the Spring 2016 A to Z Fund recipients here. Below are a few highlights of those projects that are under way in DPS:
- Asbury Elementary School – Funds will be used to purchase world percussion instruments to be used in music class in collaboration with composition activities, instruction in rhythmic exercises, and exposure to world cultures in music.
- Bruce Randolph School – Funds will be used to provide the school’s drum line with much needed uniforms, sticks, marching bells, and transportation to/from events.
- DCIS at Fairmont – Funds will be used to enrich students’ experience with the real world by exposing them to overnight excursions and enhancing their learning of nature and science through hands-on interactions, as well as prepare them for their departure from the school and into middle school through a series of team building and collaborative activities.
- East High School – Funds will be used to purchase tickets to Colorado Opera’s “The Scarlet Letter” as well as a copy of Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter and other writings that include up-to-date study elements and a Study Guide provided by Opera Colorado to prepare for the opera.
- Escalante-Biggs Academy – Funds will be used to enrich students learning by planting an edible alphabet garden, allow preschool chefs to prepare simple recipes using products from the garden, and to create a book to celebrate the learning.
- North High School – Funds will be used to refurbish the school’s music library with tried and true standard literature along with music from contemporary composers that would engage/challenge student thinking and advance their musicianship.
- PREP Academy – Funds will be used to design and distribute a school yearbook free of charge to all 110 students.