District 51 Foundation

The D51F raises funds for academic growth and achievement while promoting outreach to benefit kids and the community. Our focus this year is to purchase technology for students and professional learning for D51 staff.

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Donor Driven Designated Gift

Class

Education 

Beneficiaries

Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
Children (4-12 years)

Description

Do you have a passion for a certain school? Maybe you'd like your donation to go to a specific program or school. You can designate your gift to the D51 Foundation for a specific school, program, or event and 100% of the funds will be granted just as you've designated. It's a donor driven donation. If interested, please email: Angela.Christensen@d51schools.org or call (970)254-5108.

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The Lunch Lizard

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Food, Agriculture & Nutrition 

Beneficiaries

Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
Children (4-12 years)

Description

COVID- 19 has impacted everyone in our community. Donations during this time are sincerely appreciated to help deal with the ongoing issue surrounding hunger in Mesa County. Numbers speak for themselves. During the week of April 6, 2020 The Lunch Lizard served over 21,500 meals to children. Throughout the years, The Lunch Lizard has become a food resource our children depend on in the summer. Then fast-forward to the COVID-19 crisis. It's hard to imagine where our children would turn during these past few weeks if it weren't for The Lunch Lizard. It's security in a world that seems insecure at the moment.

"We started it (The Lunch Lizard) based on the fact that we knew we were feeding about half the population of Mesa County that's close to the federal poverty guidelines of income where they can qualify for free or reduced-cost meals," Director of Nutrition Services Dan Sharp said. Lunch Lizard was built with the premise that, while we serve these kids all year long in our school system, come summer, how do these kids find food? The Lunch Lizard was started in 2015 with that intent: let's grab food and take it into the neighborhoods where a lot of these families are when the kids can't get to a site or a school. During a normal summer, there are three different Lunch Lizard routes to 15 locations, serving 800-1,000 meals a day for 8-10 weeks.Combined with the Emergency Meal Service, those numbers have quadrupled to serve as many students as possible amidst the coronavirus crisis.

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Technology for Students

Class

Education 

Beneficiaries

Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
Children (4-12 years)

Description

One of our two fundraising priorities for this year is technology. We are working hard to help provide the technology needed for our students. We've donated over 500 Chromebooks since 2016. Last year we donated $15K to purchase laptops for Special Education Students. We want to improve our community's technical capabilities by ensuring that current and future generations of students each have access to a computer. Aislynn Davis, a Central High School senior, said, "Our teacher is focused on us using technology. It's amazing; it's a life changer." In October of 2020, we reached our goal of 1:1 ratio of Chromebooks to students. We just pivoted to raising funds for 21st Century Digital Classrooms. In 2020, the D51 Foundation donated over $18K to provide 6- 21st Century Digital Classrooms. Recently the D51 Foundation donated over $30K to provide an additional 5- 21st Century Digital Classrooms. Generous donors are the reason we've been able to make such an impact. We recently added support for the D51 STEM program.

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Our ultimate goal is to get a 1:1 ratio for students and Chromebooks. We are thrilled to have reached that goal in October of 2020. Our next goal is to provide 21st Century Digital Classrooms for all our students.

Professional Learning for D51 Staff

Class

Education 

Beneficiaries

Teachers

Description

One of our two funding priorities this year is providing professional learning opportunities for our D51 staff. We know the importance of professional learning as D51 staff educate our students. We sponsored the 2020 Summer Institute where over 900 D51 teachers participated in online professional learning. In addition, we have grants available two times a year for D51 staff members for professional learning. We know the difference it makes in growing students academically. Since 2018, the D51 Foundation has granted over $83K to 150+ D51 staff members for professional learning. Fruita Monument High School Band Director Ryan Crabtree said, "I couldn't have gone (to the Midwest Band Clinic) without the help of the D51 Foundation." We appreciate your support; it's truly making a difference!

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Last year we were successful in sponsoring the 2020 Summer Institute where over 900 D51 teachers gathered for training. We have committed another $20K for the 2021 Summer Institute to provide teachers with the training they need to grow students academically. As our D51 Learning Model continues to spread throughout our schools, our students will benefit academically from this new way of learning. Our mission is to raise funds for academic growth and achievement and to promote outreach to benefit kids and the community.

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