The Mesa County School District 51 Foundation donated $35,000 for training to create student wellness and belonging systems and structures.
The money will fund Engaging Schools Training planned for the 2023-2024 school year. The training is intended to improve academic achievement while also promoting social and emotional development among middle and high school students and their participation in their communities and democracy. The training will cover such topics as school expectations, learning strategies and teacher-student relationships.
“We know that in order for students to be academically successful, they need to have their social and emotional needs taken care of first,” said Brian Hill, superintendent of Mesa County School District 51.
Angela Christensen, executive director of the D51 Foundation, said student and staff wellness constitutes a priority that’s been discussed for three years. “We are thrilled to be able to kick off this new funding priority by making a large donation that will immediately affect our D51 secondary students,” Christensen said. “We know training like the one provided with Engaging Schools will make a huge difference. We’re grateful to our donors who have allowed us to provide these funds.”
Danny Medved, director of professional learning for Mesa County School District 51, praised the donation and training. “Creating and sustaining a positive school culture and climate is the result of intentional efforts by educators and students,” Medved said. “This professional learning donation will support each of our secondary schools with high-quality professional learning and resources for strengthening school cultures and student supports.”