Cherry Creek Schools offers free meals, other summer resources

Students, families can also access vaccines, mental health help

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For families in financial need — or those just facing a difficult time mentally — the Cherry Creek School District offers resources that can help during this summer break.

The school district has also partnered with a local health care organization to provide vaccine shots at Overland High School.

Here’s a look at how to access those resources.

Free summer meals

The school district is offering free meals during June and July for students across the district, according to the district website.

Students will receive a hot lunch and breakfast for the next day. Fridays will include breakfast and lunch for the weekend, the website says.

The summer meals are provided at the following schools:

• Belleview Elementary

• Highline Elementary

• Red Hawk Ridge Elementary

• Sunrise Elementary

• Thunder Ridge Middle

• Cherokee Trail High

• Grandview High

• Smoky Hill High

The meals are provided from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The program runs until July 30.

A meal site run by the Cherry Creek district and Aurora Public Schools is back this summer as well. Summer meals will be available to students in those school districts from 12:15 p.m. to 12:35 p.m. Monday through Friday until Aug. 6 at Mission Viejo Park.

That park is located at 3999 S. Mission Parkway, south of Hampden Avenue and east of Chambers Road in Aurora.

As with the district’s other meal program, on Fridays, students will receive breakfasts and lunches for the weekend.

Mental health

The district points to several resources to help support the community’s mental health. Those include: 

• Cherry Creek School District’s student mental health resource page, which includes information on suicide prevention and stress management. That’s located here.

• Kaiser Permanente mental health services, which includes a self-assessment tool for depression and other ways to support mental health. Visit here or here, or call 303-471-7700.

• Aurora Mental Health Center can be reached here or 303-617-2300.

• AllHealth Network, a nonprofit mental health organization in the south Denver metro area, can be reached here or 303-730-8858.

• Colorado Crisis Services Provides confidential help for any mental health, substance use or emotional crisis 24/7. Call 1-844-493-8255 or text “TALK” to 38255. 

• Sondermind is a service that can help you find a licensed therapist who accepts your insurance and is available to see you either in person or online. See here.

Vaccines

The Cherry Creek district is working with STRIDE Community Health Center to provide Pfizer vaccine clinics.

The clinics will serve students ages 12 and older, as well as adults who have not yet been vaccinated.

“The clinics are part of our strategy to be able to safely and fully open our schools in the fall with fewer restrictions and a return to a more normal educational experience for our students, staff and families,” the school district says on its website.

A parent or guardian must be with their student if the student is under 18 at any appointment.

The CCSD-STRIDE clinic at Overland High School will run from 4 to 7 p.m. on the following dates:

• June 21 and 23 (first dose only)

• July 12 and 14 (first and second doses)

• Aug. 2 and 4 (second dose)

Overland High School sits at 12400 E. Jewell Ave. — on Peoria Street a few minutes’ drive north of Parker Road — in Aurora.

Get more information and register here.

A second link at the end of the registration process allows for selecting an appointment for your student.

See other vaccine clinics in your area on the website for Tri-County Health Department — the local public health agency for Adams, Arapahoe and Douglas counties — located here.

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