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  6500 East Arapahoe Road, Boulder, CO 80301

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BVSD Communications - 303-245-5825

Baile Folkorico dancers at a prior Steps for Literacy rally on Pearl Street Mall

Casey's sixth annual Steps for Literacy rally and fundraiser is Friday

Author Laura Resau to speak while Casey Middle School students rally for literacy on Boulder's Pearl Street Mall

Boulder – Casey Middle School students will walk from their school to the Pearl Street Mall at 2:10 p.m. this Friday, May 9, to rally for the cause of literacy. Kids will cheer and hand out fliers promoting literacy. Baile Folkorico will dance in their beautiful costumes. Casey's Jazz Band and Guitar Club will perform, and prize-winning author Laura Resau will speak.  

Laura Resau's debut young adult novel, What the Moon Saw, is an Americas Award Honor Book, a Junior Library Guild Selection, a Colorado Book Award Winner, and has received many other honors. Resau's second novel, Red Glass-- also set in rural Mexico and dealing with the timely topic of immigration - won the IRA Young Adult Fiction Award and the Americas Award. Resau lived in the Mixtec region of Oaxaca, Mexico, for two years as an English teacher and anthropologist. She now lives in Fort Collins, Colorado, where she writes and teaches English as a Second Language. She is donating a portion of her royalties to indigenous rights organizations in Latin America.

And the afternoon rally is just the beginning!

The celebration continues on into the evening with a school community potluck, music performances by the Casey Mariachi Band and the Casey Choir, poetry readings by students and guest poet Jack Collum, plus drawings for great prizes. A SILENT AUCTION will be held 5:30-7:00 p.m. at the school library, too.

Steps for Literacy highlights Casey to the Boulder community and brings needed funds to the school through the silent auction and book fair. With money raised at the event, Casey will purchase books and classroom supplies to help children learn and succeed in school. Local businesses interested in making donations may call 303-245-5948 for more information.

Schedule of Events

2:10-3:15 p.m. Steps for Literacy Rally

All-school parade and rally on Pearl Street Mall with literary guest speaker Laura Resau, Latino dance performances, Casey Jazz Band and guitar class

5:30 p.m.  Silent Auction begins (in library)

5:30-7:00 p.m. Casey Middle School Potluck, Jazz Band performance, and Silent Auction

7:00-8:30 p.m. Music performance by Casey Choir, Casey Mariachi Band, guest poet Jack Collum, student poetry readings, and drawings for great prizes

7:00 p.m. Silent Auction ends 


Casey Middle School

Casey Middle School is a school with unique programs and a unique setting. It is the only Bilingual English-Spanish middle school in Boulder and the only school in the district that offers “Leadership” as an elective course of study. It is also an English as a second language magnet school. Casey Middle School is continually involved in “State of the Art” learning and community building. The Colorado Alliance for Arts Education recently chose Casey as a school of excellence in their annual awards program honoring schools that “demonstrate exemplary education in dance, music, theatre and visual arts.”

Casey Middle School is a dynamic and exciting learning community of students, parents, and faculty from an array of cultures. At Casey, all students are challenged to thrive academically in a rigorous program that is technology and future oriented. Casey’s socially and emotionally nurturing environment values the uniqueness of each student while its worldly focus provides students with necessary experience and skills to become positive, responsible, and successful contributors to our global society.

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