Denver, Nov. 6, 2008 – The Qwest Foundation today announced the final $100,000 award to the DPS Foundation’s School Partners Program. This completes the $300,000 total commitment Qwest has made to the program. The School Partners Program benefits Denver Public Schools and its students by pairing businesses with individual schools to provide volunteer efforts, in-kind gifts such as supplies and materials, professional expertise, and financial gifts for programs that are not funded through limited school budgets.


"Qwest has been such a valuable partner of ours over the years, and we’re very grateful for their generous contribution to the School Partners Program,” said Michael Bennet, superintendent of DPS. “Our students will benefit greatly from Qwest’s support."


The School Partners Program cultivates, nurtures and sustains tailor-made partnerships between schools and businesses in the Denver community.


“We can’t think of a better way to help reinforce education in our schools than by supporting programs that directly and positively impact our kids,” said Chuck Ward, Qwest president for Colorado. “Qwest is proud to support DPS and the creative ways the School Partners Program connects businesses with students and schools to drive success.”


Businesses like Qwest provide real-life programs for DPS students, including: reading buddies; math and English tutors; school supplies; donations to support field trips and enrichment activities; career mentoring; and more.


There are more than 40 businesses participating in the School Partners Program and 20 schools that currently need a partner. To learn more about the program, visit



About the Qwest Foundation

The Qwest Foundation's core principle is that investing in people and communities provides lasting value for the future. The Qwest Foundation awards grants to community-based programs that generate high-impact and measurable results, focusing on pre-K through grade 12 education.


About the Denver Public Schools Foundation

The DPS Foundation raises funds in support of The Denver Plan, the district’s ambitious education reform plan to improve student achievement. The Foundation supports programs such as professional development for principals and teachers, improved curriculum and quality of instruction, after-school programs, and community partnerships. For more information, visit




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