Touchstone Celebration Spotlight: Duluth Community School Collaborative |

Touchstone Celebration Spotlight: Duluth Community School Collaborative

Updated: November 08, 2021 03:24 PM
Created: November 05, 2021 08:00 AM

With the goal of creating life long learners who embrace diversity, the Duluth Community School Collaborative is hard at work within Myers-Wilkins, Lincoln, and Denfeld in Duluth.

"In a nutshell, we bring community into the school, and bring school into the comunity, and create those connections," explained Kelsey Gantzer, the executive director.

But just like everyone else, COVID threw them quite the curveball.

"It was challenging. No one knew what was going to happen. We knew we were committed to our families and the schools," shared Angel Nustad-Peluso, program director.

So they did what people who love kids always do. Make it happen.

"We provided activities with kids, and went door to door, and met them at their homes. We'd take them on walks, and bring them at-home curriculums. We also provided families with resources, food bags, and caring messages," Nustad-Peluso said.

They moved their after school program at Denfeld called DASH to Life House.

Then, they hosted a big back to school event in August of 2020. There, they had a lot of fun, but also got needed feedback on what families needed next, moving forward.

"I think the connections across the community is really the strongest element of this. Families are struggling still. It's not an easy time," Nustad-Peluso added.

But they are trying to make things eaiser for students and their loved ones. As they face challenges, each day.

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