Happy Holidays from RootED Denver!

Why We’re Grateful

Congratulations to Academy 360 who was featured as the September Cool School for 9NEWS!

Academy 360 elementary charter school is in a unique building in northwest Denver. The Denver Public School in the Montbello Community Building has become a hub of the neighborhood and a place for students to thrive.

The pre-K through fifth-grade tuition-free school serves students from the Montbello and Green Valley Ranch neighborhoods, along with students from Aurora and Commerce City.

Watch the feature from photojournalist Byron Reed at 9NEWS.

Reflections on National Hispanic Heritage Month

Celebrations Abound at Rocky Mountain Prep

Kiruvel Girmachew, a Denver fifth grader at Rocky Mountain Prep Creekside Elementary Charter School, would spend his entire school day reading if he could.

“When I read, it kind of feels like I am watching a movie in my mind and I just slip out of reality,” Girmachew explained. “I’m like that kinda guy when everyone’s playing I’m just sitting reading – even if I don’t have a book I’ll just go on my tablet.”

But he says his passion to read actually started rather reluctantly. “In the summer, my mom forced me to read because she didn’t want me on electronics.”

Once he found his favorite book, there was no stopping the super reader. 

We’re so inspired to celebrate National Literacy Month with Kiruvel and Rocky Mountain Prep!

Watch the interview on CBS News Colorado.

Welcome Back!

Amplifying the Voices of LGBTQ+ Youth

Teacher Appreciation, in May and Beyond

Colorado Public Radio’s Jenny Brundin visited with the speech and debate team at STRIVE Prep – RISE ahead of the state speech and debate championships. Will they make it to nationals?

Listen to the story HERE.