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Education Briefs

The precollegiate program of the Roaring Fork School District needs you. The program mentors students in small groups who are interested in continuing their education beyond high school, and who will be the first generation in their families to go to college. Now in its fourth year, the program utilizes volunteer mentors to help students with college admission, financial aid and other issues to help make their college dreams come true.

Anyone interested in acting as a mentor to support a small group of students in Basalt or Carbondale during two meetings per month, please contact program director Adriana Ayala at 384-5967 or ayala@rfsd.k12.

Roaring Fork High School is hosting a college fair night from 6-7:30 p.m.Thursday, Sept. 27, at the new high school. Everyone interested is invited to attend.

For more information, contact Lina Stanger at 384-5757.

“Three Cups of Tea,” by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin, is the 2007 selection for the Gordon Cooper Branch Library’s One Book, One Town Everybody Reads! It’s the story of one man’s mission to promote peace, one school at a time.

Greg Mortenson will be visiting Carbondale Tuesday, Nov. 13, giving three lectures, one for the local high schools and one for the middle schools, and a free library lecture at 7:30 p.m. in the new Roaring Fork High School “auditeria.” An information packet and suggested discussion questions are available at the library, along with 90 copies of the book. Novel-Tea Bookstore is also stocking the book.

In addition to the free program, a fundraising reception to benefit the Central Asia Institute, the foundation which supports Greg Mortenson’s mission to build schools in remote regions of Pakistan and Afghanistan, will take place from 5-6:30 p.m. Nov. 13, at the Colorado Rocky Mountain School Barn. Tickets can be purchased at the library, Sounds Easy or from One Book One Town committee members, (advanced purchase only). Call (970) 987-1545 or 963-9540 for more information about the fundraiser.

A “Pennies for Peace” program in Carbondale’s schools will also raise money for the Central Asia Institute.

Please call the library with any questions, 963-2889.

Pat and Kaylee Peterson announce a 2008 Smithsonian Student Travel (SST) tour to the Eastern Seaboard. Fifth- through twelfth-graders can visit Boston, Cambridge, Lexington and Concord, New York City, Washington, D.C., Mount Vernon, Philadelphia, colonial Williamsburg and the Jamestown Settlement. Your student can actually earn high school credits.

An informational meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, in Mrs. Smith’s room at the Garden School, 5131 County Road 335 (the old Apple Tree Mall Building) in New Castle. For more information, call Pat Peterson at 876-5160.

The Colorado Western Slope College Fair will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7, at Aspen High School. This is a special opportunity to visit with representatives from 180 colleges and universities. This free event includes a workshop following the fair.

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