|Mayor Hancock Celebrates First Day of School in Denver
DENVER – Mayor Michael B. Hancock today joined with Denver Public Schools Superintendent Tom Boasberg, teachers and staff to welcome students back on the first day of the 2014-15 school year.
“As our kids throughout Denver begin another school year, the city is here to encourage and support them as they continue on their academic journey,” Mayor Hancock said. “Our mission is to deliver a city of opportunity for every child, and we’re proud to work with Denver Public Schools and all other educational institutions to prepare our kids to compete and succeed. Together, we are better aligning our resources to make a real difference for every child in Denver.”
Mayor Hancock and Superintendent Boasberg made their first stop at North High School, where they welcomed the newest class of Viking freshmen with high-fives and words of encouragement as they enter high school. The Mayor and Superintendent then made their way to Brown International Academy in the Sloan’s Lake area to greet elementary school students and parents.
As thousands of kids return to school across Denver, the city – recognizing the amount of time children spend outside of the classroom – has several programs available for students to encourage healthy and productive after-school activities:
- The nationally recognized MY Denver Card provides free access to city recreation centers and pools for kids ages 5 to 18. Applications are available online and the card is available at any Denver recreation center or library. To date, more than 57,000 local kids have signed up for the MY Denver Card.
- The Office of Children’s Affairs with the Denver Afterschool Alliance has made available the Afterschool Program Locator, an online resource that provides a full searchable inventory of over 900 afterschool program locations operating throughout Denver. The tool, available at www.denvergov.org/childrensaffairs under “Out of School Time Initiatives,” makes it easy for Denver families and schools to find positive afterschool opportunities at locations convenient for them.
- The Afterschool Snacks & Supper program provides free meals at many of Denver’s youth-serving recreation centers for children ages 18 and under. Healthy snacks or an evening meal are provided every school day along with activities such as homework assistance, sports and recreation. Families may call 855-855-4626, a multilingual toll-free hotline, to find the location nearest them.
“Here at the city, we want to encourage families to engage their children in positive afterschool activities, where they can get involved in enrichment activities and receive homework support,” said Erin Brown, Executive Director of Children’s Affairs. “We are working hard every day to keep all Denver’s kids happily engaged so they become well-rounded thinkers and learners.”
For more programs offered by the city, please visit www.denvergov.org/childrensaffairs.