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Week Of Special Interest 06/05/19
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By La Voz Staff

Adventure-filled summer means success come fall

The Denver Public Library (DPL) kicks off its annual Summer of Adventure program, helping to improve children’s literacy and learning skills through activities, entertainment and incentives all summer long. The free program runs May 31 through August 10 at all 26 Denver Public Library locations.

Literacy studies show that children who do not read during the summer demonstrate a significant loss in reading skills, while students who read just five to six books throughout the summer months perform better the following school year. The library’s Summer of Adventure program gives youth and their families fun ways to incorporate reading and learning activities into summer family time to help avoid summer learning loss, a problem that affects kids of all ages and income levels.

“Summer is the perfect time for adventure and we’re excited to help Denver kids read, learn and grow all summer long,” said Program Coordinator Yanira Durarte. “The Summer of Adventure program offers a flexible environment for youth to personalize their own learning during the summer months. We’ve lined up fantastic opportunities, including reading programs, music programs, a maker challenge and social activities that help children birth through 12th grade make the most of their summer.”

DPS offers free summer meals to children 18 and under

Denver Public Schools (DPS) is ensuring that children receive nutritious meals when school is not in session. On Monday, June 3, Mayor Michael Hancock, Councilman Kevin Flynn and representatives from Denver Public Schools enjoyed lunch with more than 100 students and families at Force Elementary School as part of the kickoff event to the Free Summer Meal Program.

The program will provide free breakfast and lunch for all children under the age of 18 regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. Adults can purchase breakfast for $2 and lunch for $3.50.

Nearly 70 percent of DPS students qualify for the federal free- and reduced-price lunch program during the school year. The district’s Free Summer Meal Program serves meals five days a week at more than 50 school locations throughout the summer beginning June 3. There will be no service on weekends or on Thursday, July 4.

The summer program is expected to provide meals for more than 11,000 children each day. Each summer meal follows the same strict U.S. Department of Agriculture guidelines that DPS follows during the school year. Meals include foods made from whole grains, fruits and vegetables, and limit sodium and fat.

Families can find Denver school locations, dates and serving times at the Food and Nutrition Services website:, by texting “FOOD” to 877-877. They can also visit to find non-DPS school sites that are serving summer meals.

Our Government

White House

President Donald J. Trump declared that an emergency exists in the State of Arkansas and ordered Federal assistance to supplement State and local response efforts due to the emergency conditions resulting from severe storms and flooding beginning on May 21, 2019, and continuing.

Governor of Colorado

Governor Polis today unveiled the administration’s roadmap to 100 percent renewable energy by 2040. The roadmap details the bold steps which will take Colorado toward a clean energy future. This includes directions, policies and actions, as well as progress to date.

Mayor of Denver

The City and County of Denver announced today a groundbreaking new partnership that will create dozens of new affordable homes for purchase and will keep them affordable for the next century. Denver Economic Development & Opportunity (DEDO) has negotiated pending contracts with three housing partners, which in total will create 79 affordable home ownership units citywide for moderate-income households, and, following months of work alongside the Globeville, Elyria-Swansea (GES) Affordable Housing Collaborative and their partners, will make possible land acquisition for future construction of multifamily affordable housing in the GES neighborhoods.





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