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Access to Arts for All Students

Des Moines Public Schools Foundation

Des Moines Public Schools is the largest school district in Iowa, represents 88 countries and a poverty rate of more than 74 percent. The DMPS Foundation recognizes the importance of varied learning levels and the need to engage the whole child to foster high achievement in all areas of learning. The Foundation works to positively support and assist Des Moines Public Schools in providing the best opportunity for all students; preparing students to meeting the demands of our future work force; and supporting the goals and objectives of the school district.

Donating to the DMPS Foundation is contributing to the future success of our students.

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"Without hip-hop class, I wouldn't even know who I really am as a person. Poems and music have made me experience and find out who I really am."
– Davuntae, Movement 515 participant

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2017-2019 Focus Areas

Over the next two years, the DMPS Foundation will concentrate its giving on efforts integrating the arts in the Des Moines Public Schools that provide K-8 students firsthand opportunities to increase student engagement and narrow achievement gaps.
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