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Duluth high school students, staff can soon ride DTA buses for free

Duluth News Tribune, January 11, 2024

"Assistant Superintendent Anthony Bonds said the pilot program came about after coordinator Saraiya Piantek with the Duluth Community School Collaborative saw the need for students to have more options for transportation. Students had difficulty going to after-school programs, finding transportation for jobs, and other everyday needs."

Duluth Community School Collaborative Builds Bridges

Duluth News Tribune, December 10, 2023

Update on DCSC goals, strategies, and plans. 


Community School Expansion

Youth Today, October 2023

DCSC Executive Director, Kelsey Gantzer, and DPS Parent, Amber Lightfeather, discuss the Full-Service Community School Model. 

DCSC Staff Speak at Transit Day of Equity

WDIO, February 2023

Denfeld and Myers-Wilkins Community School Coordinators Saraiya Piantek and Caitlin Smith speak at Black History Month Transit Equity event. 

Black History Month kicks off with Transit Equity Day

Equitable Learning Recovery report released

Generation Next, May 2022

DCSC participated as a Thought Partner in the development of the "Equitable Learning Recovery: Lessons from the Summer of 2021" report.

DCSC a recipient of $263,000 Ignite Afterschool Grant

Ignite Afterschool, February 2022

DCSC was awarded a grant from Ignite Afterschool to be used for our Wolf Den program at Myers-Wilkins Elementary School.

Myers-Wilkins Elementary awarded $486,000 for Community School Program

CBS 3 Duluth, January 31, 2022

"Myers-Wilkins Elementary School is one of 13 schools statewide to receive a $486,000 grant from the Minnesota Department of Education." The grant was awarded for the school's success as a Full-Service Community School.

Fitger's Bookstore fundraises for diverse books for DCSC

Fox 21, January 26, 2022

"This past holiday season The Bookstore at Fitger’s held a fundraiser and collected $1,500 for new books that are now being donated to the Duluth Community Schools Collaborative."

DCSC Featured in Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation Annual Report

DSACF, November 18, 2021

The Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation released their 2020 Annual Report, in which they highlight efforts that keep the 'community circle unbroken'. Duluth Community School Collaborative's work during the pandemic was highlighted among many other important projects and initiatives in the community.

Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation Touchstone Celebration 2021

WDIO, November 9, 2021

Duluth Community School Collaborative recognized alongside five other community organizations for our work creating community connections during COVID-19.

"WDIO and the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation are proud to present the Touchstone Celebration.  Each year, the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation makes hundreds of grants to non-profits that do amazing work.

This year, these six projects are getting special recognition. It's work that has kept our community going and growing, despite the challenges of COVID 19 and more."

PACEs Connection blog post highlights need for community schools

October 5, 2021

The full-service community schools model is a research-backed strategy that improves student outcomes.

DCSC listed as case study for Full-Service Community Schools

AFT, July 2021

Duluth Community School Collaborative was spotlighted with three other Full-Service Community School programs in a recent publication from the American Federation of Teachers.

"Community schools create wider connections for kids and overall meet more needs for students, which is especially critical in the time of COVID." 

DCSC receives $20,000 for Hillside Youth Theatre program

April 12, 2021

The Ciresi Walburn Foundation for Children selected DCSC's Hillside Youth Theatre program for $20,000 in funding.

New tool to help local families find resources in Duluth

KBJR, March 24, 2021

The Duluth Youth Program Finder is a new interactive tool to help families, educators, and students gain access to resources here in the city.

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