Archway Residents Go Back to School
The first day of school can be one of the most exciting days of the year for kids. From seeing old friends, to breaking out your new pencil case, the day is often full of memorable moments. The first day of school, however, can also be extremely nerve wracking. Perhaps you have just transferred to a new school, or maybe you have a new teacher. With these worries in mind, it is important that every child arrives on that first day feeling confident in themselves and their surroundings.
For over three years, Archway has partnered with A Precious Child to help meet the needs of our residents and their families. By providing access to Resource Centers and helping children and their families navigate community resources, A Precious Child strives to meet basic human needs across eight counties in the Denver Metro area.
This year, Archway requested 322 backpacks through A Precious Child’s Fill A Backpack program. Through a combination of community drives and numerous volunteers, this program ensures that every child starts the school year with grade-appropriate school supplies. After requesting 322 backpacks, we received 327 backpacks full of school supplies that Archway was able to distribute across five of our communities.
These backpacks, and their respective supplies, were divided into four age groups: kindergarten through second grade, third through fifth grade, middle school, and high school. Each backpack came with general supplies, such as pens, pencils, and folders, as well as age-appropriate supplies. Kindergartners through second-graders, for example, received boxes of markers and crayons, while highschoolers received index cards and graph paper.
In addition to providing our residents with the necessary supplies, we offer a variety of services to maintain academic engagement across our communities throughout the year. Kids Club is one of our most comprehensive programs, as it promotes youth education support, community building, and intergenerational activities focused on building family unity. Through the combination of properly preparing our residents and offering ongoing support, we hope to provide them with the tools and resources they need to grow as both students and individuals.