The Cherry Creek School District has received a $33,700 Daniels Fund Grant to implement a program called Cowboy Ethics in the Classroom for the district’s Adaptive Programs.
Adaptive Programs supports at-risk high school students who have special needs and are in alternative settings.
“The grant will enable our program to inspire students to become better learners, leaders, and citizens,” said Allison Witkin, principal of Adaptive I-Team Programs.
The Cherry Creek School District I-Teams provide a small educational community for 11th and 12th graders, ages 16 to 21, with a low student: teacher ratio. All students work closely with a case manager, who oversees their Individual Education Plan, graduation credits, discipline issues and academic progress. There are three I-Team locations in the Cherry Creek School District that service a total of approximately 150 students: Manor, Ranch, and Estate.
“We live in a time when the high school dropout rate exceeds 30% nationally, the job market is tenuous, and the global economy is more competitive than ever,” said Witkin. “Cowboy Ethics in the Classroom encourages young people to think for themselves, builds character and strong values, and gives at-risk students the foundation and tools to compete in the world today.”
Bill Daniels, a pioneer in cable television known for his kindness and generosity to those in need, established the Daniels Fund to provide grants and scholarships in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming. For more information, please visit ww.danielsfund.org.Posted January 30, 2014.