DENVER — DaVita announced late last month that Rose Hill Elementary School was awarded a grant from the K.T. Community (KTC) Foundation.
DaVita teammates are among the many volunteers who work with English Language Learner (ELL) students at Rose Hill to help improve basic reading comprehension skills and establish listening centers, which help students better understand English. DaVita teammate Rhonda O’Reilly and six other teammates provide reading support and mentoring to students every Wednesday.
The KTC Foundation, which is funded by DaVita HealthCare Partners Chairman and CEO Kent Thiry and his wife, Denise O’Leary, provided the grant to the Adams 14 School District to help organize a new and used book drive for students in the program as well as equip listening centers with iPods, splitters, headphones and audiobooks.
“By supporting the effort to build listening centers that will help improve fluency and reading comprehension, students will have access to resources they need to learn and grow,” said Ginny Clunan, program coordinator for the KTC Foundation. “We are proud to provide our services to help as many students as possible meet or exceed a standard reading proficiency by the end of this school year.”
More than 83 percent of the school’s student population is Hispanic and do not speak English as their primary language at home. The listening centers expose students to hear fluent reading which helps them to better understand the meaning of the text and recording. Due to its lack of academic growth over the last several years, Rose Hill Elementary is currently working to improve its overall academic growth rate with support from the community.
The KTC Foundation funds nonprofit organizations supported by DaVita teammates and their families to help with volunteer-based projects that leave a lasting impression on the community. Since its beginning in 2006, the KTC Foundation has given $323,000 in support of teammates’ charitable projects.