Donations make difference at Re-2 |

Donations make difference at Re-2

Theresa Hamilton
Director of Districtwide Services, Garfield Re-2

What do after-school art programs, nutritional services, high school drama, early reading initiatives and alpha smart computers have in common?

They all help improve student achievement, and they all were assisted through donations from local businesses.

Over the past year, Garfield School District No. Re-2 has been the beneficiary of multiple donations from local businesses to help our students achieve at higher levels. These donations have helped our classroom teachers and staff provide programs or materials that would not have been available otherwise.

Wal-Mart gave Garfield Re-2 a total of $3,000 to assist multiple programs including Riverside’s after-school art program, Rifle High School’s band and drama programs, Roy Moore Elementary’s gifted and talented program and the Highland Elementary alpha smart computer program, a program where students without computers can check out a simple word processor to complete their homework.

“If you don’t have enough time to finish your work at school, you can take (the computer) home and finish so you don’t end up with late assignments,” said third-grader Julia Navarro of the Highland alpha smart program.

All of these programs allow our students to explore their creativity, and reach higher levels.

Wells Fargo Bank last week donated $1,015 through the Team Up for Our Schools program held last summer. The program provides a cash donation to local schools for every new account customers opened during the program period.

Garfield Re-2 has identified a need in nutritional services and will use that money to defray costs for student breakfasts during Colorado Student Assessment Program testing. Research shows that a nutritious breakfast helps students focus better during testing.

EnCana has teamed up with the Aspen Valley Community Foundation to provide materials for the Waterford Early Reading Program at both Highland Elementary and Wamsley Elementary this winter. This research-based program has been part of the comprehensive approach that helped Roy Moore Elementary become a high-achieving school.

Garfield Re-2 is proud to partner with these and other agencies to continually add pieces to the student achievement puzzle. Thank you for your support.


Congratulations to the Garfield Re-2 exceptional bus students for January. Last month’s winners were Highland Elementary student Abby Bernat, who rides Marc Jaffrey’s route #8, and Rifle Middle School student Joe Burgess, who rides Sharon Frickey’s route #9. Other nominees include Highland’s Hannah Bernat and Wamsley Elementary students Cody Elder and Emily VanDevender.

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