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Downtown Denver Expeditionary School students raise money to make public transit affordable for those in need

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    Alexis Margolin

Students in CO's Denver Expeditionary School have been studying rail transportation and its influence on Denver. But as they began studying light rail and other modern forms of rail transportation, they discovered that not all members of their own community would be able to ride due to constant increases in fares.

“Some people can’t afford passes because they’re going up and up,” second-grader Ben Gehrig said.

Gehrig said he saw that first-hand when a classmate and his family, who live along the light rail, couldn’t join him on a class trip.

“They missed the field trip because of the money," Gehrig said. "They didn’t have that much money for the full family.”

Student Work at Union Station

The students have successfully raised money and secured a $1,500 Denver Public Schools grant to kick-start a pilot program that will pay for light rail passes for classmates and their families.

The “Change for Trains“ effort is still accepting donations and some of the work that the students have done as a part of this expedition will be on display in Denver’s Union Station for the next few weeks. Learn more about Change for Trains and the students at Denver Expeditionary School on Fox31 Denver.