Please join us TUESDAY, WEDNESDAY, and THURSDAY October 16-18 between 9:30-11:30 am for our next Snacks for Schools event where we will be collecting snack donations for Valdez Elementary School in the Highlands area!
Enjoy a cup of coffee on us with a donation!
WHAT IS THIS EVENT ALL ABOUT?
We are passionate about supporting and caring for our community, and the schools make up a big part of that! We recognize the importance of a well nourished kid throughout the school day, as well as the financial burden that can put on the teachers. We want to help fill up those pantries and support our community, please join us in the effort!
Can't make the event, but still want to donate? No worries! We are happy to pick up any donations where it is convenient! Shoot us a message, and we'll coordinate!
Read below to learn why Mic Ortega + his team are so passionate about Snacks for Schools.
Last year, my daughter entered kindergarten in Denver Public Schools. It was a great experience for all of us and also very eye opening. I have to admit, I was shocked at how many kids were on a free or reduced lunch plan. It was even more alarming how many kids relied on those lunches as their main meal of the day. My daughter's teacher frequently asked for snack donations from anyone that was willing and able. Those snack donations were often shuffled into certain backpacks to take home at the end of each day because she knew those would become dinner (and sometimes breakfast) for some of her students.
So when I to sat down with my friend Anne Jones the other day, and heard about an amazing program she started in Tacoma, Washington called Snacks for Schools, I knew I had to replicate her idea and bring it to Denver.
With that, I'd like to introduce Snacks for Schools - Denver. The mission for this program is to provide snacks to High Need Schools with a large percentage of students receiving Free or Reduced lunches. We hope to offset financial burdens for teachers while supporting the students of our community.
Schools are so often seen as the place for learning, for relationship fostering, and growth. What isn't seen, however, is the life source that school is for so many students. Every morning students hop off the bus, not necessarily always eager to learn, but perhaps looking forward to their first meal of the day. A member of our Real Estate Team, Allie, was a teacher in low-income and urban public school systems for over five years. She has seen first hand the impact that a meal or snack can make in a child's day. At one point, every student she was teaching ate a free breakfast provided by the school each morning before coming to her class. It wasn't easy when she heard that was the first meal some of them had eaten since lunch the day before. She had a handful of students that she would send home extra food with for evenings when Mom or Dad worked late, or for extended breaks from school, when their meal source was on hold. These kids were 9 and 10 years old. Where do you think she got these extra food and snacks? Her weekly grocery shopping trips, paid by her own pocketbook. Her passion to support teachers and their students is infectious, and as a team we are eager to jump on board.