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A rambunctious, spirited display

John Gardner
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Chad Spangler Post Independent

GLENWOOD SPRINGS ” Little things mean a lot at Glenwood Springs Middle School.

So it meant a lot to GSMS Principal Brad Ray when found out that three local companies donated money to student council to provide school T-shirts for every student and teacher.

“I was very excited, but it didn’t really hit me until I went into the gym ” to be honest with you ” what it would really look like,” Ray said. “But it looks pretty good. They’ve done a really nice thing.”

American National Bank, Alpine Bank, and Roaring Fork Rentals each donated about $600 to purchase the shirts, according to American National Bank branch president in Glenwood Springs John Masur.

“We felt that we want to be involved with the schools in a positive way,” Masur said. “And this gives them school pride and instills in them a sense of community.”

Each of the three businesses sponsored an individual grade. American National Bank bought white shirts for the sixth grade students and teachers, Alpine Bank bought gray shirts for the seventh grade, and Roaring Fork Rentals bought red shirts for the eighth grade. The shirts each have the school logo of a cougar’s paw and the script Cougars, with the sponsors name on the back.

According to co-owner of Roaring Fork Rentals, Fran Orosz, it’s just being part of a community.

“I just love helping the schools,” Orosz said. “The kids are great. They are the future and things like this we can easily do.”

Orosz, who grew up in Carbondale, has two young daughters, Rachel and Sarah, who attend GSMS. But, that’s not the reason he feels it necessary to support the schools. He’s always pitched in where he can because

it’s what his father, who started the business in the early 1980s, always did.

“My dad supported the schools for a time and we try to contribute in any way we can,” Orosz said. “I don’t do this for the recognition, I just do it to help out the kids.”

The shirts not only represent school pride for the students, it teaches them about the importance of community.

“Kids need to know about where they live, how this community started, why it’s here, and what it has to offer,” Ray said. “So we work really hard on building the whole kid and kind of getting a connection to their school and what is around them.”

To say that the students were appreciative of the gift would be an understatement. The stomping of their feet and the thunderous volume of cheers by the hundreds of students that filled the GSMS Friday afternoon was enough to shake the floor. Maybe it was just that they got out of class on a Friday afternoon.

“It’s middle school,” Ray said.

The students’ excitement and the generosity of the local businesses shook Ray.

“It’s great. I extended them a thank you today, not just for the money, but for taking the time to come and talk to the kids,” Ray said. “Money is one thing, it doesn’t fix everything. But their commitment and time to come and share with the kids, just that five minutes they were here, meant more to me than anything. But I do appreciate what they’ve done. It’s kind of fun for us. Little things mean a lot.”

Contact John Gardner: 384-9114


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