APS Receives Holiday Gift of Eliminating Lunch Debt at Title I Schools

It's not quite Christmas yet, but that didn't stop Canvas Credit Union from presenting a huge gift to Aurora Public Schools. Canvas recently presented the Aurora Public Schools Foundation with a check for $60,000. The money will be used to eliminate unpaid lunch debt at every Title I school in APS.

The check presentation occurred in the cafeteria at Lansing Elementary, one of 18 schools to share in the donation. Lansing third-grade students joined their principal, Jennifer Murtha, and APS Superintendent Rico Munn to receive the check.

Canvas CEO & President Todd Marksberry presented the check and said this was an opportunity for the credit union to make a big impact in its own community. "For us at Canvas, it's very, very personal. Our members are here in Colorado. And because of that, it's important for us to give back to our community. There's just nothing better," Marksberry said.

Title I is a federal program that provides funding to schools with significant financial need. Superintendent Munn remarked how important strong partners like Canvas Credit Union are crucial to the success of APS students. "Here in the Aurora Public Schools, we know that community partners are a core part of what we do," he said. "It's a core part of supporting this community. We can't do it all by ourselves so it's incredibly exciting when a partner just steps up and volunteers and says, 'I know how I can help.'"

And Canvas Credit Union may not be done providing assistance. Speaking about helping the APS community, Marksberry said, "We're already dreaming big dreams for this next year and we're going to figure out how we can have an even bigger impact in 2020 and beyond."