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This is an especially good week to thank a teacher

Tuesday, May 6, is National Teacher Day, and May 5-9 is National Teacher Appreciation Week. It is a great opportunity to thank a teacher.

Every day in schools across Western Garfield County, Colorado and the United States, teachers touch the lives of millions of children. However, a teacher’s work and impact reach far beyond the boundaries of the classroom. Over the course of a typical K-12 academic career, students spend nearly 12,000 hours in school being inspired daily by their teachers. Teachers touch lives, grade papers, prepare arts and crafts projects, inspire, design assessments, motivate, and meet with parents and spend countless hours to ensure students’ success.

“Few other professionals touch as many people as teachers do,” notes Dr. Susan Birdsey, Superintendent of Garfield School District Re-2. “We are so proud of the work that our teachers and staff do every day to help prepare our students for whatever comes next — the next grade level, college, the workforce, and becoming great citizens. One week is not nearly enough time to celebrate all of the great work these folks do every day.”

This week, take a moment to thank a teacher. Thank them for helping a child learn a new word, develop a new passion, and for inspiring the next great generation of doctors, engineers, musicians, and of course, teachers.

Wamsley says thanks!

Wamsley Elementary hosted its first Business Partnership lunch on May 2. Wamsley staff visited nearly every Rifle business and provided a personal invitation to lunch and a conversation about how to create two-way communication and support between Wamsley and local businesses.

“A lot of times, it feels like we just ask and ask,” said Wamsley Principal Kathi Senor. “We want the local businesses to know that we want to give back. What can we do to help support you and your business while you help us support the future leaders of our communities?”

Many Rifle businesses leaders enjoyed a lunch of barbecue pork sandwiches and a great dessert bar and learned more about the Rifle Pre-k through fourth grade elementary school.

Garfield County Airport manager Brian Condi attended the luncheon. Every year, he invites students out to the airport to learn about aviation and embark on a great adventure at the airport. Wamsley students were able to participate in those opportunities this year.

“We want to expose kids to things that they may not get through their everyday coursework,” he explained. “You never know what kids may really develop an interest in aviation. This [luncheon] is a great opportunity to socialize with other businesses that support Wamsley and further develop our relationship.”

Rifle City Councilwoman Barb Clifton also attended the event.

“When businesses look to relocate to an area, it’s one of the first questions we get, ‘How are the schools.’ One of the most important things that we can do for the community is support the schools. This is a great way to get the business community involved and develop those business relationships,” she explained.

Reading in the Park

Parks in New Castle, Silt and Rifle were growing readers last week. Garfield Re-2 held a districtwide Reading in the Park event on April 25. Staff from many of the Garfield Re-2 schools camped out in their local park Friday morning to enjoy the sunshine and read in the park with their students. Parents and children were invited to bring a book, or just themselves and share the joy of reading in their local neighborhood. Many locations included book swaps and other events. Thanks to all of the teachers and staff members that made Reading in the Park a huge success.

If you have questions or comments about any of the information above, please contact Garfield Re-2 Director of Districtwide Services Theresa Hamilton at 970-665-7621.


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