Friends of Manual Breakfast Celebrates Successful 2015-2016 School Year

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Med School at Manual, technology accessibility, and academic initiatives to be highlighted.

Friends of Manual, the non-profit group that supports for Manual High School, will host its ninth annual breakfast for school supporters, community members, and alumni to celebrate the achievements of students, faculty, and administration during the 2015-2016 school year and to preview what’s to come in the next year. The breakfast, which is complimentary and open to all, will take place on Friday, May 20, from 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. in the Manual High School Thunderdome.

Principal Nick Dawkins will highlight these and other major changes that have taken place at Manual High School this past year include:

  •     The introduction of Med School at Manual, created in partnership with Kaiser Permanente, which provides specialized courses of study for students interested in the medical profession. Students gain hands-on experience as well as academic study, mentorships, and coaching; they also have the opportunity to take extra study to obtain professional certifications and associates degrees.
  •     Our efforts to bolster enrollment, college and career readiness and ensure a great teacher in every classroom at Manual.
  •     The availability of a Chromebook tablet for every Manual High School student, along with a unique “license to drive” training program and our innovative enhancements to Manual classrooms.

The breakfast program will also include performances by the Manual Performance Choir; musical numbers from Dreamgirls, the school’s musical production which runs from May 19 - May 21; and an address from Tay Anderson, president of Manual High School’s student body. The Friends of Manual will also award seven student scholarships. Carl Pigford (class of ’53) and Julia Pigford (class of ’55) are honorary co-chairs of the breakfast.

Early sponsors of the event include The McCracken Fund, which donated $5,000, and The Doyle Group, which donated $2,500.

“This has been an incredibly rewarding year for Manual High School,” said Dawkins. “We’ve made great academic strides while fostering a culture that emphasizes rigor, opportunity, and achievement. This breakfast is a chance to come together to celebrate the accomplishments of students and teachers and thank community members and alumni for their tremendous support.”

The complimentary breakfast is Friends of Manual’s signature annual fundraising event. Last year’s event, attended by approximately 400 people, raised a record $40,000, which went toward funding new Chromebooks for students, interactive classroom technology, the partial refurbishment and rededication of Manual High School’s historic auditorium, and other school needs.

WHO: Friends of Manual
WHAT: 9th Annual Friends of Manual Breakfast
WHEN: May 20, 2015, 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
WHERE: Manual High School Thunderdome, 1700 East 28th Avenue, Denver, CO 80205
RSVP: Register online at; or call 720-336-9387 or email fom(at)friendsofmanual(dot)org.

About Manual High School

Located in the heart of Denver’s Whittier neighborhood, Manual High School’s highly trained teachers are committed to challenging, nurturing, and supporting all students. The school’s achievement-focused culture cultivates goal setting, resiliency, and critical thinking.

Manual High School was one of the first schools in Denver to educate women and African Americans. Noteworthy graduates include Mayor Michael Hancock, Mayor Wellington Webb, and activist and poet Rodolfo “Corky” Gonzales.

Today, Manual is at the forefront of career and technical education with the launch of MedConnect, one of the district’s first biomedical pathways for high school students. As one of the first schools in the district to be granted Innovation status, Manual’s classrooms are equipped with modern tools and technology. Just as importantly, each Manual student has the use of a dedicated tablet during the school day to ensure the development of the technology skills needed for today’s workplace.

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