The Lowry Aviator Fund is a proactive, annual fundraising effort that focuses on individual giving, with the potential for corporate and foundation support. Operating separately from the school's PTO, the Aviator Fund financially supports additional teaching positions at the school, ensuring that Lowry Elementary School continues to grow and thrive. Having this extra support allows teachers to effectively teach to each student at his/her individual level (differentiation). The Aviator Fund also supports additional learning opportunities for all students. It is this holistic approach that is helping ensure that each and every one of Lowry's diverse students, regardless of his/her background and academic level, can look forward to a bright future.
Lowry Elementary School is located in the redeveloped Lowry Neighborhood of Southeast Denver, Colorado. Lowry was once an Air Force Base and its neighborhood is a planned, in-fill development that is subject to federal mixed-use guidelines. The area is a prime example of urban renewal, with a combination of residential, educational, commercial, open space, and recreational space surrounding a local, public school. Lowry's wide range of housing includes market-rate single-family homes, affordable town homes offered through the Colorado Community Land Trust, and two multi-family, subsidized, and transitional housing complexes run by Colorado Coalition for the Homeless.
The school opened its doors in 2002 and the student body of Lowry Elementary reflects the neighborhood's unusual level of economic and racial diversity. As a result, the demographics of Lowry's neighborhood school are in stark contrast to the national trend of increasing segregation in elementary schools. The 2011-2012 student population includes a total of 504 students, nearly half of whom are from minority backgrounds. There are 21 different languages other than English spoken at the school. The specific demographic breakout is as follows: 56% Caucasian, 23% African-American, 14% Hispanic, 6% Asian, and 1% American Indian. 38% of the student body qualifies for federal free and reduced-priced lunch, a standard indicator of poverty. In addition, a number of students live in nearby transitional housing for homeless families.