Due to deteriorating weather conditions today, Thursday, Jan. 27, all DPS athletics (including practices) and afterschool programs (including Discovery Link) are canceled.
Oakland Elementary School hosted their first national Blessings in a Backpack (BIB) day, on Thursday, Sept. 28. Denver Mayor Michael Hancock, retired NFL great and BIB advocate, Brandon Lloyd, and Blessings in a Backpack CFO Kevin Beam, attended the event. Oakland’s Principal Mahannah, Mr. De La Cruz and Mrs. Dubois (fifth-grade teachers) and the Community Liaison formed an assembly line, along with our guests, to pack the weekend bags with food to kick off our BIB program for this school year. Our fifth graders had the opportunity to engage with Mayor Hancock and Brandon Lloyd. One of the topics of discussion was regarding the fifth grade service project. The classes collected over 600 canned food and other food items during the month of September. Mayor Hancock even shared how he would go to school hungry sometimes and could not wait to eat breakfast and lunch. He mentioned the only meals many students receive are from school. He also stated how important programs like BIB are for children dealing with food insecurity. The mayor stated he would like to see BIB implemented in more schools across the district. Brandon, former Broncos player, shared with the fifth graders as well. He emphasized how vital it is to seek a higher education and to give back to the community once a person has succeeded in reaching their goals. Both Mayor Hancock and Brandon Lloyd were impressed with the work the fifth graders put forth during the food drive. Oakland Elementary students and staff would like to give a big shout to Blessings in a Backpack, Mayor Hancock, and Brandon Lloyd for their support. Blessings in a Backpack is a national supplemental food program stationed in Louisville, Kentucky. Their mission is to ensure students facing food insecurity receive a bag of nutritional food over the weekend. Oakland implemented this program during the 15-16 school year. Since then, the program has served over 150 students and has been inspirational in the launch of Oakland’s food pantry. For more information regarding Blessings in a Backpack, click the link: http://www.blessingsinabackpack.org