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February 2017
Employers Invited to Participate in  "Career Connect" High School Program
Last call to make a difference in a high school student's career choice. The DCEF is recruiting employer hosts for the April  Career Connect Program. This program is a collaborative effort between the DCEF and a wide variety of metro Denver area employers that offers Douglas County high school students the opportunity to explore career pathways. 

Career Connect programs will be held on weeknights April 3-27, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  
How can your company or organization participate?
As a Career Connect industry partner, you are asked to commit to the following:
- Create an exciting, hands-on experience that not only highlights your company but provides students with information on careers in your industry, its future outlook and how to develop their skills for future success.
- Host a session, to be held from 6-8pm on weeknights April 3-27 at your place of business. Sessions should accommodate between 12-25 students. 
Details and to submit online application, click here . Or, to discuss your company's participation in this spring's program, contact Kara Good, Program Coordinator, at 303-880-7649 or before Feb. 24. 

Student registration begins March 12.
Hospital Executive and Board of Ed Director join DCEF Board
At its January meeting, DCEF welcomed Kirk McCarty and Anne-Marie LeMieux to its Board of Trustees.  
Kirk McCarty 

With a wealth of experience in Emergency Services, Perioperative Services, Trauma, Neurosciences, Cardiology, and many more, Kirk McCarty serves as the Chief Operating Officer at Sky Ridge Medical Center.  Kirk holds a masters degree in Nursing Sciences.  He and his family live in Elbert County where his children attend public schools.

Anne-Marie LeMieux
A former teacher and longtime DCSD volunteer, Board of Education Director Anne-Marie LeMieux brings the experience of a parent, employee, and now policy maker to the table. She was selected by DCSD Board of Education President, Meghann Silverthorn, to represent the Board of Ed on the DCEF Board of Trustees. Anne-Marie's children attended Douglas County Schools with one in college and another in high school.

Welcome Kirk and Anne-Marie!
Opportunity Grants Part of New Apple Awards
In an effort to make the Apple Awards more accessible and inclusive to DCSD employees, DCEF is pleased to announce the Apple Awards will be offering three (3) competitive grants for any DCSD employee, school, or department to apply. 

"As with any tradition, it's good to examine where you've been and where you're heading. We wanted the benefits of the Apple Awards to reach beyond the School Representatives which is why the Opportunity Grants were established," according to Jason Christensen, Executive Director of DCEF. 

Grant monies will be awarded in the following categories:
· Classroom Support Grant
· School/Department Innovation Grant
· Professional Development Grant

Applications for Apple Award Opportunities Grants are available by clicking here. Submissions must be received by March 31, 2017. Applicants can earn   up to  $5,000 if selected.

Partner Highlight: Giving Back Group, RE/MAX Alliance
The Giving Back Group, RE/MAX Alliance is committed to providing exceptional real estate services. They are also deeply committed to the community and helping those in need. Whenever the Giving Back Group represents a buyer or a seller in a residential real estate transaction, a donation totaling 20% of the commission earned (over $2,500 on sales of average priced home in Douglas County) from that transaction is made to a qualifying charity or nonprofit at the direction of the buyer or seller, and is made in the name of the client.
Giving Back Group founder, Rick Avery, has a history with Douglas County Schools and is very excited about the new partnership with the DCEF. "Both of my daughters are products of DCSD and I am excited to have the opportunity to make a donation on behalf of my real estate clients to benefit students and schools in Douglas County. I firmly believe that businesses have an obligation to "give back" to their community and am pleased our business model allows us to help others without costing our clients a penny."
DCEF Executive Director, Jason Christensen said, "The vibrancy of a community can be measured by its generosity and the quality of its schools. The Giving Back Group not only understands that, they model it. On behalf of the students, teachers, and all education professionals, the DCEF thanks you! "

Visit the Giving Back Group's website here or connect with Rick directly at 303-881-4881 or
In This Issue
Chapter Highlights
February is a time many Chapters host a father-daughter dance, coinciding with Valentine's day. Timber Trail Educational Alliance hosted its annual Daddy Daughter Dance on Saturday, February 11 at the school. The gym was decked out in an "Under the Sea" theme where over 200 fathers and daughters spent a night filled with fun, food and dancing. While the event is not a fundraiser, over 25 baskets donated by classrooms, and 35 treasure chests decorated by teachers and staff were auctioned off during the evening, raising just over $2,200 for the school.

Trailblazer Elementary PTO held their 3rd annual Daddy/Daughter Dance on Friday, February 10 in the school's gym/cafeteria.  There was record turnout with 225 people (121 daughters) attending "A Hollywood Red Carpet Ball". Each girl received a boa and sparkling drink toast as they entered through the VIP entrance, and enjoyed dancing, a photo booth and limousine rides around the neighborhood. There were delicious dessert treats including a chocolate fountain with items to dip. The girls made their own "blinged out" sunglasses and danced the night away with their daddies.
Colorado Mammoth Community Night!

For Treasurers
It may seem a bit early, but now is a good time to start thinking about next year's budget. Schools have started to get feedback about their budget for next school year and so it is appropriate to start the conversation about what your fundraising goals might need to be as you plan for the 2017-18 school year. Getting input from your principal is an important part of the process. Once your Chapter has drafted a budget, it should be voted on and ratified by your board. That may not be until spring or summer, but once that process is completed, please email us a copy of your budget to Alyson.