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Resource closets

The Five Star Education Foundation created and maintains emergency resource closets at 39 local schools and a district administrative building, in partnership with the Office of Whole Child Initiatives, to provide immediate basic needs assistance to students and families in need.  ​Too many students come to school hungry, exhausted and without the hygiene and clothing resources their peers have at the start of each day.  To be learning-ready students must be warm, safe, and fed. Schools are the hub of the community and are in the best position to respond immediately when a child and their family are in need.  Resource closets are a tool that fosters trust and security and allows students to be part of a community of learners.


Thoughtfully located in our schools with the biggest need, these rooms are intended to be ‘triage support’ as students are tapped into long-term community programs.  This initiative is increasing school attendance, providing social-emotional support to students and their families, and allowing the schools to ensure students are safe, healthy, and fed so they are learning ready. 


Five Star Resource Closets, supported by the Five Star Education Foundation and in collaboration with A Precious Child and Food for Hope, have been available to Five Star families since 2020. This initiative would not be possible without substantial investment from the Adams County Foundation, the Safeway and Albertsons Foundation, the Kaiser Foundation and through ongoing community support from donors like YOU. This good work would not be possible without our Five Star community. 

List of Schools

Schools with Resource Closets

Arapahoe Ridge Elementary

Centennial Elementary

Century Middle

Cherry Drive Elementary

Coronado Hills Elementary

Crossroads Alternative/Vantage Point

Federal Heights Elementary

Five Star Online Academy 

FutureForward at Bollman

FutureForward at Washington Square

Horizon High 

Hunters Glen Elementary

Legacy High 

Leroy Drive Elementary

Malley Drive Elementary

McElwain Elementary

Mountain Range High 

Mountain View Elementary

North Mor Elementary

North Star Elementary

Northglenn High

Northglenn Middle

Pathways & Independence Academy

Riverdale Elementary

Rocky Mountain Elementary

Shadow Ridge Middle

Silver Hills Middle

Skyview Elementary

Stellar Elementary

STEM Launch

Stukey Elementary

Thornton Elementary

Thornton High

Thornton Middle

Westlake Middle

Westview Elementary

Woodglen Elementary

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Northglenn High School

Shadow Ridge Middle

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Cherry Drive Elementary


Thank you to our resource closet supporters

Resource closet supporters host donation drives, provide in-kind goods, and promote this program to encourage community support of our students.

Contact us today on how your organization can support the foundation resource closets
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Thank you to styria Bakery for the fresh bread donation.

Check out Cannon Designs' donation drive for our students.
press & photos
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Denver7 partners with Safeway and Five Star Education Foundation to launch Holiday Helpings 'round up' 
campaign for
Adams 12 Five Star Schools.

Read the whole Denver7 article here.

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