The Coronavirus pandemic has affected all of us in one way or another. Some of those hardest hit have been children. Throughout Colorado, grade-school children have been forced to cope in a ‘new normal’ in education, complete with virtual classrooms, augmented teaching schedules, and even significantly reduced school meal programs.
Needless to say, Denver Public Schools (DPS) has been working overtime to manage ‘controlled chaos’ in a post-COVID-19 world. When Denver-area philanthropist Marty Erzinger learned about what the Denver School of Science and Technology wanted to do to help public school students in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak, he knew he had to take action.
Marty attended public schools growing up and had a working mom. He was one of five kids, and his mother prepared lunches for him every morning before she went to work. Over time, Marty learned that he was lucky to have the luxury of daily, homemade meals, as some of the other students were not so fortunate.
Considering what Denver public school students were facing in light of the Coronavirus pandemic, Marty took the initiative and became instrumental in helping DSST achieve its goals.