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Education Briefs

Wes Burke, a social studies teacher at Glenwood Springs High School, participated in the Global connections for Economic Education in Washington, D.C., June 23-27. Fifty teachers from all over the United States who participated in overseas economic programs sponsored by Economic International, the Department of Education and the State Department met in Washington, D.C., for a week of meetings with legislators, the IMF, and representatives of the national Council for Economic Education.

The Roaring Fork School District offers opportunities for students wishing to continue their post-secondary education, and is now accepting student referrals for this academic year. The Pre-Collegiate program is an academic enrichment and support program designed to guide educationally and/or economically disadvantaged middle and high school students and their parents. For more information, contact director Adriana Ayala at 384-5967 or by e-mail at

The Roaring Fork Public Education Foundation will host a “Rhinestone Cowboy” fundraising gala from 7-11 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30, at the Aspen Glen clubhouse. The event will feature savories, entertainment, dancing, auctions and great fun for all of those interested in contributing to quality public education.

The foundation granted $50,000 last year for innovative teaching programs and training in the Roaring Fork School District, and hopes to increase that amount for the 2006/07 school year.

Tickets are available until Sept. 23 and may be purchased at Midland Shoe in Basalt, Sounds Easy in Carbondale, Through the Looking Glass in Glenwood Springs or by phone at 379-9127.

The Grand Valley/Parachute Kiwanis Club is pleased to announce the winners of the club’s Continuing Scholarships. A total of $5,000 has been awarded to former graduates of Grand Valley High School who are presently attending college or trade school, and who have earned at least a 2.75 grade-point average at their post secondary school.

Nicole Loschke, a student attending Hawaii Pacific University, was awarded $1,250 for the coming school year to help with her expenses while majoring in communications. Timothy Forney, Mesa State College, majoring in manufacturing technology, was awarded $1,250 for the upcoming 2006-07 school year. A third recipient, Julianne Jones, who attends Colorado Christian University majoring in education, was awarded $1,250. The fourth award in the amount of $1,250 was given to John Christopher Johnson, who attends the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, is majoring in history.

The funds from the annual Kiwanis Colorado River Scramble Golf Tournament are used to support the club’s scholarship program, and over the past two years the club has awarded more than $29,000 to graduates of Grand Valley High School.

The Third Annual St. Stephen’s Golf Classic will be held at Ironbridge Golf Club in Glenwood Springs on Saturday, Sept. 16. The four-person scramble event costs $500 per team or $150 per individual. The fee includes lunch, greens fees, carts and appetizers after the round. Sponsorships are also still available.

Information: 945-7746

The Breakfast Serials feature geared toward young readers resumes next Tuesday in the Post Independent. The latest illustrated story is called “Sudden Squall.”

The daily voyage of the Neptune, a side-paddle steam freighter that carries farm produce from New Port, New Jersey, to New York City, is normally routine. But one spring day in 1884, what’s routine is thrown overboard. In the narrow confines of the city’s crowded harbor channels a sudden squall creates havoc. A ship collision draws Captain Bates”the Neptune’s pilot”off the Neptune so he can guide one of the stricken ships to safe birth. Then his first mate becomes ill. That leaves the Neptune in the hands of his son, fourteen-year-old Thaddeus Bates, and his younger sister, Abigail. Sure, Thad and his sister live on the Neptune, and have had some practice at the ship’s wheel, but now Thad must steer the Neptune into one of the world’s busiest ports. The fact is it’s very hard to stop a boat, much less one in tow. Besides, that squall is bearing down, hard. Based on a contemporaneous report, this voyage is anything but a spring cruise.

“Sudden Squall” will run Tuesdays for eight weeks.

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