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University of the Rockies Partners with Maxwell Elementary School
Partnership will support literacy efforts at Denver elementary school

University of the Rockies, a leading graduate school focusing on the behavioral and social sciences, announced that it will be a school partner for Jessie Whaley Maxwell Elementary School for the 2015-2016 academic year. The partnership is a result of a program sponsored by the Denver Public Schools Foundation (DPSF) and the Mile High United Way.

University of the Rockies is expanding on its current partnership with DPSF by helping to meet a variety of needs at Maxwell. The elementary school serves a highly-diverse student population and 91 percent of its students qualify for free and/or reduced lunch, an indicator of poverty. The University will provide literacy tutoring for first and second grade students as well as financial support to the school. To kick off the partnership, the University provided more than 50 full uniforms to the school.

The principal of Maxwell, Nivan Khosravi, is excited to welcome University of the Rockies as an official school partner. Khosravi said: “In the important, life-changing work we are charged with as educators, we know that it truly does take a village – a community of support to ensure our students have access to a high quality education that prepares every child for college or a career. We are overjoyed that University of the Rockies has stepped up as a community partner. We look forward to the support they will provide, and to partnering with University of the Rockies to ensure each of our students meets their potential.”

The partnership between Maxwell and University of the Rockies will benefit both organizations as it will also provide Rockies employees with volunteer opportunities in the Denver community.

“We are truly honored and excited to be a part of this partnership. Service is a core value at the Rockies, and being able to have employees and the University give support in a variety of ways to members of the Denver community is a wonderful opportunity,” said Jana Mathieson, University of the Rockies community relations manager.

“Local businesses and companies can have tremendous impact on the Denver community by partnering with our neighborhood schools,” said Nicole Capage-Brown, director of school partners program at the Denver Public Schools Foundation. “The relationships that are built between the students and the adult volunteers contribute to the success of our students. We are thrilled to partner with University of the Rockies, and we look forward to an exciting school year at Maxwell Elementary.”



About University of the Rockies

University of the Rockies is a leading graduate school of the social and behavioral sciences that offers programs for students seeking their PhD, PsyD, or Master of Arts degree. Students may take classes at a state-of-the-art instructional site in downtown Denver, Colo., or work toward degrees online from anywhere in the country. Whether face-to-face or online, University of the Rockies students enjoy the same access to industry professionals, research, and publishing opportunities. For more information, please visit,,, or call Shari Winet, Vice President of Public Relations, at 866.621.0124 x11601.


About Denver Public Schools Foundation

The single most pressing and critical priority for our nation is to provide a quality education for every child. Our future depends upon it. The Denver Public Schools Foundation is Denver Public Schools’ fundraising partner. We generate resources, build relationships and champion public education to impact system-wide achievement and help every child succeed. Through strategic program investments and community leadership, we support Denver Public Schools in creating a district where outstanding educational achievements are the norm and all children have an opportunity for a great future. For more information, visit