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Cesar Chavez Academy

Pueblo, Colorado, August 25, 2006

Cesar Chavez Academy (CCA) a Top Title I School in Colorado, and Dolores Huerta Preparatory High School (DHPH), hosted a community-wide celebration during their Back to School Kick-Off on August 5. CCA and DHPH are tuition-free public charter schools on Pueblo’s Westside.

The successful charter schools celebrated their accomplishments with community leaders, students, and staff members at the Historic Arkansas Riverwalk of Pueblo Boettcher Education Center. The attendees of the outdoor festivity enjoyed refreshments, the dancing of Grupo Folklorico del Pueblo, and music of Mariachi Aguila de Cesar Chavez. The Mariachis recently competed in Albuquerque, New Mexico during the Mariachi Spectacular this summer and placed 2nd at the competition.

The DHPH Scorpion cheerleaders dazzled the crowd with their enthusiastic cheering and stunts. Children enjoyed face painting and storytelling by Senorita Felicia Sanchez, while their parents browsed the many information tables that showcased the programs of both schools. There was a lot of excitement surrounding the announcement of Dr. Lawrence Hernandez regarding his plans for the new Dolores Huerta Preparatory High School facility that will open next fall.

School supporter, Senator Abel Tapia was the keynote speaker, and stressed the importance of doing well in school and setting high standards for our community children. Other speakers who echoed Tapia’s statement, were Bruce Gifford, Dean of Student Services at Pueblo Community College, DHPH Student Steven Trujillo, and board members Dennis Feuerstein, and Eddie Montour. The fun concluded with 30 lucky students winning backpacks filled with school supplies donated by Today’s Homes.

The mission of CCA and DHPH is to prepare a diverse cross section of Pueblo’s children for success as young scholars, citizens of the world, and community leaders by providing them with an ambitious academic program in a supportive and challenging learning environment. DHPH has an early college partnership with Pueblo Community College that allows students to earn both a college degree and high school diploma, at no cost to the student or family. For information regarding the schools, please call 719-295-1623.






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