24 Denver School of Nursing Students Feed 110 Ronald McDonald House Families

Students Contribute Their Own Funds To Raise $400 for Meal Services

Twenty-four Denver School of Nursing (DSN) students shopped for groceries, paid for those groceries and then prepared two dinner services for families staying at Ronald McDonald House-Denver and Ronald McDonald House-Aurora, said Dr. Marcia Bankirer, DSN president (

“DSN Students have created a unique partnership and relationship with the Denver area Ronald McDonald Houses,” Bankirer explained. “For the past two years, and several times during those years, teams of students, numbering as large as 30, have purchased food, prepared that food and served meals to the Ronald McDonald House families.  The students contribute their own funds to feed these families and engage with the parents, the children and their loved ones who are staying there awaiting word on the health progress of a child.”

Most recently, DSN students spent $400 on two dinner services for the Ronald McDonald Houses, serving 70 families at the Aurora location and another 40 families in the Denver location.  The Aurora Ronald McDonald House is one of the largest of its kind in the country.

“We hear such wonderful things from the families about the service we provide.  They are very grateful to get a “home-cooked” meal away from home.  As nursing students, these families often talk to us about their health experiences with their family and ask us health related questions.  We have been told: ‘It is so wonderful for you to take the time out of your busy schedule to help us.’ Or, what we really like to hear: ‘I can already tell you will make a great nurse.’,” said Ruth Bowen, chair of the events committee for DSN’s Student Nurse Association.

Students who participated include: Ann Abraham, Tara Benson, Elizabeth Brewer, Lara Cabrera, Dylan Chodos, Michael Curry, Janet Deras, Adam Diesi, Dawn Dolma, Julie Enzaldo, Lindsey Higerd, Heather Leck, Marnie Mannino, Gina Naccarato, Amy Pape, Latonia Pegues, James Potter, Angela Rapp, Stacy Sapunov, Nicole Taylor, Andrea Toogood, Erin Tousley, Camille Weigold and Trey Wright.

About Denver School of Nursing (DSN)

Denver School of Nursing, 1401 19th St., Denver, is a private, post-secondary college that provides educational programs and training for nursing professionals. The college specializes in offering rigorous curriculum and clinical site-based academic programs toward associate and bachelor degrees in nursing. DSN is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), ( (800-621-7440). Its associate and baccalaureate programs are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326 (404-975-5000). The college is granted full approval for its associate and bachelors nursing programs by the Colorado State Board of Nursing. For more information, call 303-292-0015 or visit