The Manaus Fund has received a total of $100,000 in grants from two statewide foundations. The Daniels Fund grant is for $80,000 and the Temple Hoyne Buell grant is for $20,000. Both grants are dedicated to the expansion of Manaus' Valley Settlement Project, which will use the money to add a second El Busesito and additional early childhood programs in partnership with the Roaring Fork School District. A national grant given earlier this year from a private family foundation for $50,000 will also be dedicated to early childhood programs and El Busesito. El Busesito provides early childhood programming for children who are not able to afford or access traditional preschool education. El Busesito staff visit every child's home and engage parents in twice monthly meetings to reinforce on-the-bus activities and to suggest ways to extend these experiences. El Busesito reinforces the idea that parents are their children's first teacher through these meetings and through the provision of Raising A Reader and El Busesito activity bags.
Sopris Elementary Brain Bowl kids are the proud first-place winners of the Regional Brain Bowl. Mitchell, Kaitlyn, Brooke, Summer, Jacob, Maddie, J.P., Audrey, Patrick, Kelton, Tucker and Grace withstood the challenge against eight other valley schools to become victorious in the last round with a final score of 85.
Brian Mable Karate saw another successful grading on Friday, Feb. 22, with all candidates passing their tests.