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Denver schools collecting clothing, hygiene items and gift cards for migrant students, their families

Posted: 4:23 PM, Feb 23, 2024
Updated: 2024-02-23 19:27:09-05
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DENVER — Twenty-four schools across Denver are collecting clothing, hygiene items and gift cards to help migrant students and their families.

The Denver Classroom Teachers Association (DCTA) is organizing the New to Country Student Supplies Drive to support thousands of migrant students who have recently joined Denver Public Schools.

Susan Rayburn, a special education teacher at Lowry Elementary and a member of the DCTA, said the response has been incredible so far, but they could use more help.

"The community should come together and support, as these are folks living in our community and they have a need. When you move countries, you don't bring everything with you," said Rayburn. "And so if we can help lift that burden just a little bit and help our students and our families feel successful, welcome and included, I think it's something that we should all do."

The school district is asking for essential items, particularly new clothing, hygiene items and grocery cards. District officials highlighted the following items:

  • Adult and student-sized coats, hats, gloves and hoodies
  • Feminine products
  • Shampoo and soap
  • Landry detergent, towels and toilet paper
  • Backpacks with school supplies
  • King Soopers, Safeway or Walmart gift cards
  • ARC Thrift Store gift cards

Donations can be dropped off at the following community hubs:

  • John H. Amesse Elementary School — 5440 Scranton Street
  • Swansea Elementary School — 4650 Columbine Street
  • Johnson Elementary School — 1850 South Irving Street
  • Smith Elementary School — 3590 Jasmine Street
  • Place Bridge Academy — 7125 Cherry Creek North Drive
  • Colfax Elementary School — 1526 Tennyson Street

Denver7 Gives is collecting funds to help DPS purchase supplies. To donate, visit Denver7 Gives and select "Buy Student Supplies for Migrant Children" from the drop-down menu.

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