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Wednesday, Feb. 3rd 2016 at 6:30-9:30pm

4000 East Quincy Avenue

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1st Breakthrough Learning Lab a Success!

On November 5th, Andrea Dukakis and Jenny Brundin from Colorado Public Radio, visited Kent Denver to engage in a discussion around the state of education and poverty in Colorado. A great turnout filled a section of the KDS dining hall as the two acclaimed reporters presented a number of stories, and then answered questions from the audience.

Some of the subjects discussed were based on segregation of schools within the state, and combating the effects of youth & poverty. A number of specific stories were given by Dukakis and Brundin to illustrate the issues being battled within the state. In addition, effective resources & programs were shared among the group, namely The Crossing, Denver Kids & Project Voice, to mention a few. Overall, this was an incredible opportunity to come together as an education-centered community. Stay tuned for details on our next Breakthrough Learning Lab!

Breakthrough Student makes headlines in Denver

We met Domini'Q for the first time last spring during Breakthrough's recruitment season, as he, his mother & twin brother came to our office for their interview. Due to traffic, they were so late that Domini'Q's mother, Tesa Brice admitted to almost turning around and not coming at all. However, Breakthrough was something that Domini'Q was truly passionate about, so she decided to continue. We could tell when they walked in the door how special this family was.

Domini'Q's twin brother suffers from a severe form of epilepsy and has many special needs. Despite all of Domini'Q's family challenges, his drive remained steadfast right from the start. Stating that he wanted to go to college and try to provide for his family was just the beginning of his message. We later found his passion for dance during the summer, as Domini'Q won the hearts of his classmates and teachers by using the stage as his platform for expression. Though he was usually the smallest in stature, his moves were huge, and his ability to connect with his audience was astounding!

Now Domini'Q faces a greater challenge as his family searches for the funds to provide his brother with medication. Domini'Q fights for his brother the best way he knows how, by dancing! Check out the full KDVR story below.

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Social Justice Saturday School

This year, we're excited to continue a fresh direction with our Saturday School format. In years past, we've mirrored the summer curriculum by providing students with four core subjects of instruction. We discovered that while it was beneficial to revisit these subjects during Saturdays, there was an inability to impact academic growth with only 7 days of instruction throughout entire school year. Therefore, we have adopted a new model and the students are loving it!

Our new model is one which focuses on one subject as a community for the entire day. This past Saturday, we explored social justice! We did this by visiting current events, specifically touching on the crisis in the middle east. We also shared thoughts about our hopes for ourselves, Breakthrough & the world around us, so as to understand the individual roles that we play every day. Students and teachers alike were great participants, and despite the first truly cold weekend of the winter, we had a great day overall!

This Saturday, we'll be exploring global awareness! Be sure to contact us if you are interested in visiting.