Colorado ranks 43rd nationally for per-student funding. As one of the largest schools in DPS, Westerly Creek Elementary’s (WCE) major fundraising events strive to be the bridge between district funding and the actual cost of our children’s curriculum.
Without help from the WCE community, our children’s education would not regularly include Art, Drama, Physical Education, Library and Technology, as well as full-time paraprofessionals that help keep our students-to-teacher ratios low.
Fundraising efforts help WCE provide the “extras” for our kids that are not provided by DPS:
- Full-time paraprofessionals (teacher aides) in all kindergarten classrooms
- Two full-time paraprofessionals shared between the 1st grade classrooms
- Literacy paraprofessional to support all 2nd grade students
- Recess coach
- 1:1 device in all 2nd through 5th grade classrooms
- 1st grade Chromebooks and iPads
- Kindergarten iPads in each classroom
- Literacy support for K-5 grades
- Additional hours allocated to the Gifted and Talented program
- Full-time health para tech in our nurse’s office
- Special community events like the Turkey Trot
- Special requests for student engagement opportunities, like the climbing wall
This is why fundraising at WCE is so important – it provides our students with high levels of service that DPS is not able to fund. To provide these essentials for this school year, the PTA has committed to granting $150,000 to supplement the DPS budget, which equals about $250 per student.