The teachers at Altura Elementary School are connecting with their students and families on a new level thanks to mill levy funds approved by voters in 2012. Staff members are visiting students in their homes outside of normal school hours.
“I thought it was wonderful,” said Altura parent Melinda Berninzoni. “I appreciate how the teacher sat here and took her time with my son. She explained everything clearly!”
Berninzoni’s son is a fourth grader and one of more than 200 students who benefitted from a home visit this year. During the visits, more than 20 staff members handed out school supplies and answered questions about Altura.
The Denver Foundation partnered with Altura to begin the home visit program in 2009, as a way to improve relationships with parents and family members to support higher academic and social growth for students.
In addition to funding from the 2012 mill levy override, the program is partially funded through grants.