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August 14, 2012  |   Comments (1)   |   Post a comment

Denver district stuffs bus for wildfire victims

By Brandon Edelman


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Denver Public Schools transportation staffers collected school supplies at the Fitness on the Rocks event at Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre.

Denver Public Schools transportation staffers collected school supplies at the Fitness on the Rocks event at Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre.

DENVER — The Denver Public Schools (DPS) transportation department will deliver school supplies on Thursday to students and families who were displaced by a devastating recent wildfire.

The Waldo Canyon fire, the most destructive in Colorado state history, started June 23 near Colorado Springs, killing two people and destroying nearly 350 homes.

With the first day of school for many in Colorado Springs on Aug. 20, Nicole Portee, executive director of DPS transportation services, identified an opportunity to alleviate the burden on impacted families to purchase school supplies.

“Students that start school without the basic supplies needed are placed at a major disadvantage,” Portee said. “I’m proud to be part of an organization, and live in a community, that together united to rally around the needs of these students. We want families to be able to allocate efforts and finances to other areas of need.”

The generosity overflowed from DPS employees, who donated supplies across five district drop-off locations.

The community echoed the contributions, as DPS transportation collected supplies as a vendor at the 2nd Annual Fitness on the Rocks at Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre in Golden. The event brought together some of Colorado's largest fitness organizations, with a cadre of their most experienced personal trainers, to lead more than 4,000 attendees through a workout experience.

Also, Pamela Montoya, a Banana Republic general manager, read about the school supply drive in the newspaper and organized a shipment of more than 40 boxes filled with supplies to DPS transportation. Retail locations across the Midwest region contributed to the effort.

Portee cited the ability of districts to collaborate in times of need as a driving force in the initiative.

“I’m confident that districts across Colorado would have done the same for DPS if the roles were reversed,” she said.

Brandon Edelman is communications specialist for the DPS transportation department.


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My heart is filled with joy. It is wonderful to know that there are many caring individuals who truly cares for others and shows their concerns by actually doing something about a given situation. There are so many people who talk about what needs to be done and yet never get involved to actually doing something. There are those who have suggestions and yet no solution and there are those who don't chose to take part in the solution. This is a true example of, "Doing unto others as you would have them do unto you". My hat goes off to everyone involved and including those behind the scenes. They went out of their way and took the time deliver school supplies on Thursday to students and families who were displaced by a devastating recent wildfire. I happy very pleased especially, for Maria Adams, my daughter, who continues to be a good example and as she continue do good deeds for others. This is not the first time and I am sure Maria will continue to be a light that will shine unto others.

Paula Adams    |    Aug 16, 2012 11:03 AM

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