Denver Public Schools (DPS) have been troubled on and off for several years. This year they closed several elementary schools, and are locked in argument with the teachers union. Two of the closed elementary schools, Wyman and Mitchell, will be merging into the old Cole Middle School building. It will become the Cole Arts and Sciences Academy, a pre K through 8 program. Back on June 28th, a coalition of volunteers from Metro Volunteers, Democrats Work (a Democratic service organization), and members of the schools future staff got together to make the building welcoming for younger and older students alike.