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Innovation, impact, and opportunity. Those things not only drive the Cherry Creek Schools Foundation’s work, but are values shared by the Foundation’s longtime supporter, Arrow Electronics. With its global headquarters in Centennial, Arrow is committed to being a positive steward of our community and helping make the Cherry Creek School District a place where innovation and opportunity flourish.

With 2,000 employees working within the district, supporting the Cherry Creek School District was an obvious priority, but the district and Foundation’s commitment to innovation also made for an ideal partnership.

“Our corporate values are centered around innovation”, said Arrow’s Corporate Social Responsibility Director, Joe Verrengia. “When the district and Foundation embraced innovation in its own way and wrote innovation into its plans, there was a great alignment between Arrow’s values and the plans the district and Foundation have for the next generation of kids.”

Arrow has worked with the Foundation to help inspire a new generation of creators and innovators by sponsoring the Foundation’s Cardboard Challenge event for the past 6 years. “The Cardboard Challenge has been a really inspiring and fun event for several years. In not only engages kids, it compels them to iterate, which is a very important part of innovation. The fact that it’s centered around recycled materials means it’s not only a good sustainably lesson for kids, but there’s little or no cost for kids to participate as well”, says Mr. Verrengia.

2019 Cardboard Challenge students

Students display their Cardboard Challenge project during the Foundation's 2019 event at Smoky Hill High School.

Arrow has also been proud to support teacher development in the district by providing grants for CCSD teachers to attend the Buck Institute for Education’s workshops on Project Based Learning. These workshops have helped develop project based learning approaches that helps teachers become innovators in the classroom, and in turn, helps all of their students become innovators too.

While Arrow has helped the district look towards the future, they have also helped students weather the challenges they’re facing today. Arrow contributed this year to the Foundation’s Emergency Relief Fund to help respond to the most urgent needs in the district presented by COVID-19. “As we’ve worked with the district and Foundation, one of the things we’ve learned about is the growing number of students in the district that need some help”, says Mr. Verrengia. “We can’t lose those kids to this year, and so shifting some of our support to this effort was an easy decision to make.”

Our sincere thanks go out to Arrow for all of their support of our students and schools! We are excited to continue partnering to help drive our district forward and continue providing cutting-edge educational opportunities for all of our students.

Our Impact This Year

  • Grants Awarded to Educators


  • Students Impacted


  • Scholarships Awarded


  • Donated to Mental Health


  • JHL Constructors
  • MDC Richmond Foundation
  • Aon
  • Plante Moran
  • Butler Snow
  • 1st Bank
  • DLR Group

    DLR Group

  • Westerra Credit Union
  • Alpine Bank
  • GE Johnson
  • Saunders
  • Cuningham Architecture
  • Health One
  • CCA Foundation
  • CCA
  • ANB Bank
    ANB Bank

    ANB Bank

  • Aurora Housing Authority
    Aurora Housing Authority

    Aurora Housing Authority

  • Powered by Purpose
    Powered by Purpose

    Powered by Purpose

  • Ed and Kacy Adams
    Ed and Kacy Adams

    Ed and Kacy Adams

  • Johnson Controls
    Johnson Controls

    Johnson Controls

  • JP Morgan
    JP Morgan

    JP Morgan

  • Kaiser Permanente
    Kaiser Permanente

    Kaiser Permanente

  • The Knoll Team
    The Knoll Team

    The Knoll Team

  • Kore


  • Margie and Joe Adams
    Margie and Joe Adams

    Margie and Joe Adams

  • United Healthcare
    United Healthcare
  • CU Denver
    CU Denver
  • Westerra
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