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Annual Adopt-A-School tour, kickoff luncheon to occur on Wednesday

Denton’s Adopt-A-School: Partners in Education will host its annual tour and kickoff luncheon Wednesday at the LaGrone Advanced Technology Complex.

Adopt-A-School, a partnership between the Denton school district and the Denton Chamber of Commerce, fosters collaboration between businesses, agencies and organizations with the district’s 37 schools, said Sharon Cox, the district’s community relations and communications director.

The kickoff luncheon is the group’s way of thanking partners and encouraging them and prospective partners to become involved with Denton schools this school year.

The event begins with a welcome reception at 10:30 a.m. at the technology complex, 1500 Long Road. Then comes a bus tour to view growth of the Denton schools on the U.S. Highway 380 Corridor and lunch at the technology complex prepared by the school’s culinary arts students.

Cox said the event will feature an update about the growth within the district and information about how to become an Adopt-A-School partner.

This year’s luncheon theme is “Be a Partner in Education: Get Engaged and Help Denton ISD Students Grow and Succeed.”

“We hope that any local businesses that aren’t already involved in the public schools will come out,” said Mike Woods, Adopt-A-School chairman. “Whether you’re a single-person business or 200 employees strong, the Adopt-A-School: Partners in Education can use your help. There are kids that need mentors.”

Currently, more than 200 businesses, agencies, organizations and churches are involved with the Adopt-A-School program, Cox said.

The adoptions are “tailor made” to suit the partners and schools based on the resources the partner can provide and the needs of the school, she said. In recent years, Adopt-A-School partners have served as mentors, read to young schoolchildren, donated food and various supplies, sponsored field trips, summer camps and career days, and recognized students and staff

“They provide so many different things for our district, but the main thing is they allow staff and students to be more successful in school,” Cox said. “The businesses receive a strong community relations response in the district because they are helping tomorrow’s workforce succeed in the schools.

“I just feel that we’re very fortunate in the Denton ISD community to have so many organizations that want to be engaged in the district,” she said.

Cox said an estimated 120 to 150 educational partners are expected to attend Wednesday’s luncheon.

People interested in attending the luncheon must make reservations by 5 p.m. Monday, Cox said.

To reserve a spot or for more information on Adopt-A-School: Partners in Education, contact Cox at 940-369-0006 or via e-mail at scox@dentonisd.org.

BRITNEY TABOR can be reached at 940-566-6876 and via Twitter at @BritneyTabor.


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