Early College students participate in schoolwide service day

Staff report
Posted 6/12/18

Students from Early College of Arvada spent the day giving back as part of the school’s first service day. “Our sophomores, juniors and seniors participated in seven different community service …

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Early College students participate in schoolwide service day

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Students from Early College of Arvada spent the day giving back as part of the school’s first service day.

“Our sophomores, juniors and seniors participated in seven different community service projects,” Ryan Conrad, director of the charter school, said in a news release. “This is our first service day and is something we hope to continue for years to come.”

Students started the day decorating bags for Project Angel Heart. The sophomores, juniors and seniors then left to volunteer with various projects planned. A group of seniors spent the day at Habitat for Humanity. Some students worked at the Jovial Concepts community garden, while others spent time cleaning up parks with Denver Parks and Recreation. Hope House and Dumb Friends League had work for some of the students, and others worked with Senior Hub to help seniors with yard clean-up.

“Service is an important part of ECA’s culture,” Conrad said in the release. “We believe that giving back to our community connects us to those we serve and completes us in ways that self-interest can never offer. We model this for our students and also help them discover opportunities to help others.”

Founded in 2008, ECA follows the model of early colleges, launched by the philanthropic efforts of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The school’s education program is guided by aligned early college standards based on the Colorado Academic Content Standards and Knowledge and Skills for University Success.

The school evaluates its success through students’ achievement on standardized exams and demonstrated college readiness through a portfolio process and success in college level coursework, the news release said.

Families interested in learning about enrollment in ECA for the 2018-19 school year can attend one of two open houses, 5-7 p.m. June 19 and July 17. Prospective families can drop in for a tour and to get more information from an administrator. Those who cannot make one of the open houses can call the school at 720-473-4400 to set up an individual appointment.

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