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Douglas County Schools Recognizes Westerra

Pictured above are Mindy Watrous, President/CEO of Special Olympics Colorado, Erin Kane, Douglas County Schools Superintendent, Barry Beal, Jr., Westerra Director and Board Treasurer, and Nancy Bunte, Westerra Vice President of Marketing and Public Relations.

Westerra Credit Union was recognized as Community Partner of the Year by the Douglas County Schools Educational Foundation at the District's 2017 Apple Awards celebration on May 4 at the Douglas County Events Center in Castle Rock. The school district announced they selected Westerra to recognize the many ways the credit union helps students and the community learn beyond the walls of the school—encouraging involvement in Special Olympics, engaging students in classroom presentations, furthering financial education through the credit union's $52.80 fundraising program, and providing grants to help schools meet their specific needs. Watch the video - 2017 Community Partner of the Year:

Read the Douglas County Schools news release
2017 Apple Awards caps off a celebratory Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week
CASTLE ROCK - It was a celebratory tone at the 2017 Apple Awards ceremony, sponsored by the Douglas County Educational Foundation, as Douglas County School District employees-- from principals, to teachers, to support and administrative staff capped off Employee Appreciation Week. More than 600 DCSD employees filled the Event Center at Douglas County Fairgrounds to honor Apple Award representatives who have demonstrated educational excellence in the classroom and behind the scenes.

This year's ceremony, emceed by Fox31 Denver Anchor, Kirk Yuhnke, was moved from its usual late-winter timeslot to coincide with Employee Appreciation Week, typically celebrated the first week of May in DCSD. Additionally, the nomination period this year was extended to nine weeks in order to provide the community with a longer window of time to nominate their favorite teachers and school staff.

Out of the more than 8,000 nominations made, 88 Apple Representatives from schools and departments were selected by the Foundation in February. Of this outstanding group of education leaders, six individuals were awarded with an Apple Award at last night's ceremony.  Read more.