To ensure that underprivileged children have the much needed school supplies for back to school, over 100 Denver School of Nursing (DSN) students held a Fill a Backpack supply drive for the nonprofit, A Precious Child, said Dr. Marcia Bankirer, DSN president (www.denverschoolofnursing.edu).
“By donating backpacks, art materials, paper supplies and other required materials, DSN students helped A Precious Child provide supply-filled backpacks for over 7,500 low-income, poverty stricken children in the metro area,” she added.
The number of children living in poverty has grown faster in Colorado than anywhere else in the nation since 2000. The 2014 Kids Count in Colorado report found that nearly 225,000 Colorado children live in poverty and over 40 percent of Colorado children qualify for free or reduced lunch. Children living in poverty are more likely to be in poor health, less likely to graduate high school on time and more likely to live in poverty as an adult.
In 2012, one out of every six children in Colorado lived in poverty, according to Courtney Rogers, director of programs for A Precious Child.
“Denver School of Nursing (DSN) is an important partner to our ongoing efforts to ensure that children have the necessary supplies to participate in school,” Rogers said. “Being prepared for the school year can have a dramatic effect because it helps children stay in school, promotes learning and promotes positive self-esteem. Plus, Educational Services of America (ESA) learned through district truancy officers that, in many cases, students were not coming to class simply because they didn't have clothes or school supplies."
Since its founding in 2008, A Precious Child, Inc. has supported children in Colorado by providing them with basic essentials. The Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce recognized its efforts by honoring A Precious Child with the 2014 Business Awards Large Nonprofit Organization of the Year Award.
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), (www.ncahlc.org) (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 www.denverschoolofnursing.edu.