New downtown elementary school is first in years

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DENVER -- The Downtown Denver Expeditionary School intends to take kindergarten through fifth-grad students on a journey filled with learning and wonder. The idea is to inspire them to ask questions and delve into real world issues, providing them with a truly well-rounded education.

The school is the first public elementary branch to open in the downtown area in years, and the staff came up with a theme of crew members taking a journey. Their slogan is "we are crew, not passengers."

Denver Public School superintendent Tom Boasberg says students will benefit from a strong partnership with local museums and the Center For The Performing Arts, all just minutes away.

He says, "All of the art and the cultural offerings downtown are wonderful for our kids."

The school, which is part of the Emily Griffith campus, is located in a high rise building on 18th and Lincoln streets.

Parents love the idea of kids getting the kind of exposure they wish they had when they were in school.

Mom Marcella Murante says, "We're so so excited about what our son is going to learn and what he can bring home for us to learn too."

The Downtown Denver Partnership says adding another high-quality school in the area will attract more families to urban neighborhoods.

Teachers are excited as well.

Kindergarten instructor Julia Behringer says plenty of trips are already planned and explains, “(they’ll visit) museums and libraries, second grade is going down to Union Station.) Parents also tell us the convenience and comfort of being close to their child’s school is wonderful."

Mom Tara Manthey says, "As I work, I can come down for lunch for events and not have to drive across town."

For more information, visit DDeSchool.org.

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