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August 23, 2006

Aurora Community Members Answer APS Superintendent Challenge
Community members give local students tools for success

In response to Superintendent John L. Barry’s first day challenges, Aurora Public Schools retired bus driver Sandra Peeples and her local church stepped up and added a new challenge.  The Lowry Community Church is donating over $500 in school supplies to the students at Lansing elementary.  

Barry shared a series of challenges and his vision for APS with the community on the first day of school. "Our goal is to make APS the lead school district in the state.  We can't do it alone. We need the help of the entire community," said Barry.

Members from the church community answered the call for help. “We are reaching out to Lansing because it is close to our church.  Our Pastor Larry Brown encouraged us to give back to our community.  We want to help children in our neighborhood school,” said Peeples.

Church ushers will deliver 400 folders, 100 pairs of scissors, 100 spiral notebooks, 1,000 markers and 1,500 pencils along with other needed supplies.  They will deliver the supplies to Lansing students and staff on Thursday Aug. 24, at 1 p.m. 

Lansing Elementary School is located at 551 Lansing Street.
“Our students can use these new supplies to help them succeed.  It is amazing to see the community come together for our students,” said Lansing Elementary Family Liaison Kathy Cole.

Superintendent Barry challenged students to read 25 books this year.   The Aurora Education Association is asking teachers to make one home visit this year with a student.  When they do this, they’ll take a Borders Gift Certificate. 

Visit http://www.aps.k12.co.us/staff/barry_challenge.htm for a complete list of challenges.

For more information, contact Communication Services at (303) 344-8060, ext. 28015.

Students, staff and church members are available for interviews.


Communication Services

Georgia Durán, Director
303-344-8060, ext. 28015
FAX: 303-326-1939
e-mail: georgiad@admin.aps.k12.co.us

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