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DPS Celebrates 105th Birthday of One of its First African-American Teachers

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Jessie Smiley, Media Relations, Jessie_Smiley@dpsk12.org
Sept. 26, 2017

District highlights “Each One Teach One” early literacy achievements with Marie L. Greenwood Academy’s namesake

Denver – At 105, Marie L. Greenwood, namesake of Denver Public Schools’ (DPS) Marie L. Greenwood Academy, is highly regarded for breaking down racial barriers throughout her storied career in the school district. She began her teaching career at Whittier Elementary School in 1935 as one of the first African-American school teachers in Denver, and remains very active in the DPS community.

On Wednesday, Sept. 27, DPS will honor Ms. Greenwood with a luncheon to celebrate her monumental 105th birthday, which is on Nov. 24 this year, and to highlight the Each One Teach One program at Marie L. Greenwood Academy. The author of “Every Child Can Learn,” Ms. Greenwood has guided educators throughout her career in the importance of early literacy programs such as Each One Teach One, which aims to improve early literacy by building vocabulary through hands-on community projects. Students in the initiative participate in experiential learning projects, like utilizing architects’ tools to design their new school garden as a way to build topical vocabulary and ultimately improve their literacy.

Superintendent Tom Boasberg, Deputy Superintendent Susana Cordova, educators and students will be in attendance.

Interview opportunities will be available in English and Spanish.

WHAT:
Each One Teach One Recognition and Marie L. Greenwood 105th Birthday Celebration

WHO:
Marie L. Greenwood, Superintendent Tom Boasberg, Deputy Superintendent Susana Cordova, Board of Education members, community members, educators and students

WHEN:
Wednesday, Sept. 27
12-1:30 p.m.

WHERE:
Marie L. Greenwood Academy
5130 Durham Ct.

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