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Teach every student within a safe environment the knowledge, skills and values necessary to enter college or a career and become a contributing member of society who flourishes in a diverse, dynamic world.North Licensed Staff Climate Survey 2013-2014Unified Improvement Plan 2013-2014Student Climate Survey 2013-2014
Some North Middle School students must have been really good this year because Santa came to them in the form of Denver’s most-loved pro athletes, who took them and all of their siblings on a holiday shopping spree.
Recently, Denver Broncos safety TJ Ward, linebacker Brandon Marshall, defensive tackle Terrance Knighton and cornerback Kayvon Webster along with Denver Nuggets point guard Ty Lawson and forward Kenneth Faried spent an evening with the children at Target.
“When I was growing up, there was nobody that did this for me, so to make these kids smile is big for me,” said Lawson.
The athletes spread cheer on behalf of the TJ Ward Foundation, which provides donors an avenue to support youth and instill in them the importance of education, mental and physical health. The foundation and Target partnered to provide each child with a $100 gift card to get what their hearts desired. This is the fourth year the foundation has hosted the “Shop with Jocks” event to ensure children across the nation have a merry Christmas.
"I hope students go home happy with a smile on their face,” said Ward. “I want them to remember this moment and enjoy the night.”
The kids dashed straight to the toy section and chose gifts with each athlete’s assistance. After students perused every aisle with expressions of gratitude, their bags bulged with items spanning from stuffed animals to video games, clothes and more.
“My favorite toy is the light saber!” exclaimed North Middle School fourth-grade student Ivan Tondro. “I want to do something for somebody because somebody did something for me.”
“I jumped at this opportunity because it’s for a great cause and it’s a chance for me to give back to those in Denver, who have done so much for us [Nuggets] in just being there, being fans, being great people and showing love for us around the city,” said Faried. “It’s nice to give back to kids and give them a great Christmas, something to share about and be happy about.”
“We are always thankful to partner with the community,” said North Middle School Principal Gerardo de la Garza. “We look forward to continuing a partnership with the TJ Ward Foundation.
APS commends each athlete for giving so graciously of themselves. There will be few presents under these students’ Christmas trees that will outshine the memories they now hold of this special night.