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DPS Schools Honored with Mayor’s Diversity Awards

Sep. 20, 2017
Place Bridge Academy educators and students

Contact: Alex Renteria, Manager of Media Relations,
Sept. 20, 2017

Place Bridge Academy and The Writing Center at Manual High School Embody Inclusion and Diversity

Denver – Mayor Michael B. Hancock and members of his community commissions honored 10 individuals and organizations with the 2017 Mayor’s Diversity and Inclusion Awards at an event themed “Denver’s Commitment to Welcoming and Celebrating All,” hosted by the Denver Immigrant & Refugee Commission.

“In Denver, we stand firmly for the ideals of inclusion, acceptance and opportunity,” Mayor Hancock said. “These are our values. And the individuals and organizations we’re honoring with these awards are proof that we will continue to work together against hate and will not allow it to divide us or our city.”

The Denver Women’s Commission honored The Writing Center at Manual High School with Olivia Jones, in memory of student co-founder Mardale Jay. The Writing Center at Manual High School is the first student-led writing center in the nation, and strives to be a place where students work together to develop the skills and confidence they need to reclaim the power of voice and become powerful agents of social change. The center empowers students to become authors of their own learning and to construct their own knowledge.

The Denver Immigrant and Refugee Commission honored Place Bridge Academy. More than 60 languages and over 40 countries are represented at the ECE through 8th-grade newcomer magnet school. At Place Bridge Academy, students receive a standards-based education that leverages English-language development and the ability to access rigorous academic content, as well as support in the social/emotional skills necessary to develop a world view and be successful in a diverse American society.

“We are incredibly proud of Place Bridge Academy and the Writing Center at Manual. Both of these Mayor’s Diversity Award recipients exemplify our support for equity and inclusion with all DPS families and the greater Denver community,” said Superintendent Tom Boasberg.