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Education Briefs

Submitted PhotoSally Friend, second-grade teacher, and Jerry Pluger, third-grade teacher, portray children Sally and Jerry in a skit that promotes reading.

February is I Love to Read Month. Sopris Elementary students are challenged to read 500,000 minutes in the month of Feb. Various activities including “Camp Read a Lot” and “Camp Beach a Lot,” in which classroom neighborhoods are transformed into a camping area and a beach area to encourage reading.

When the students reach their goal, they will be rewarded with root beer floats and free books.

Alpine Christian Academy students are selling Valentine balloon bouquets to raise funds for a spring mission trip. Each bouquet includes three helium balloons, one dozen fresh baked cookies and a message card. The bouquets must be ordered in advance and are available Feb. 14. Free delivery to most areas in the Roaring Fork Valley is included. All contributions are tax deductible.

To order, call the school at 927-9106 by Feb. 12.

Alpine Christian Academy is a private school located in Basalt, serving students from preschool through high school. Enrollment applications for the 2008-09 school year are currently being accepted.

The CMC Foundation will sponsor a series of free workshops to help any area student ” including students not planning to attend CMC ” prepare to meet upcoming college scholarship deadlines.

The interactive workshops will be hosted from 6-9 p.m. at four area locations: Feb. 16 at the CMC West Garfield Campus, EnCana Academic Center, in Rifle; Feb. 17 at the CMC Vail-Eagle Valley Campus in Edwards; Feb. 18 at Roaring Fork High School in Carbondale; and Feb. 19 at the CMC Glenwood Center in Glenwood Springs.

The workshops are designed to help students improve the likelihood of receiving scholarships by learning about the different kinds, understanding how applications are evaluated, developing a plan to improve scores and learning how to write strong essays.

For more information, contact Carol Efting, CMC Foundation specialist, in Glenwood Springs at 947-8355 or

Sopris Elementary School’s fourth grade classes will present Go West! at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 12.

Area college students, graduate students and working professionals are encouraged to apply for a Rotary Ambassadorial, Cultural or World-Peace International scholarship to study at a foreign university or college. Application submission deadline is March 30.

To apply or learn more, visit and click Students and Youth, then Educational Programs. E-mail Don Westerlind with questions at

The Colorado State Patrol is accepting applications for the 2009 Youth Academy, which is designed to assist in the development of future Colorado leaders. The academy focuses on teaching high school juniors and seniors leadership skills to assist them in their future careers. The cadets will become familiar with basic elements of the Colorado State Patrol Academy, such as defensive driving and shooting skills.

The Colorado State Patrol Youth Academy takes place at the Colorado State Patrol training facility in Golden June 14-20. It is seven days of mentally and physically demanding training, which will challenge all participants. Only 40 students are selected throughout the state to participate in the youth academy.

Applications are due March 13. Please contact your local Colorado State Patrol Office for applications.

Roaring Fork Family Resource Centers is offering free parenting workshops from 6-8 p.m. Wednesdays in February at the Bridges Center (Old Carbondale Middle School), at the corner of Sopris and Fourth streets in Carbondale. The workshops will be instructed by Denise Hayes. Parents may attend one or all of the workshops.

The Feb. 11 workshop, “Respect, Responsibility and Routine,” builds on the idea of routine and what it can do for you and your children.

The Feb. 18 workshop,”Power Struggles ” Who Wins?”will discuss the dynamics of these struggles and cover the ultimate goal, which is self-control.

Please call or e-mail to register. Feel free to bring a brown bag dinner or snack. For more information, contact Katie Marshall at 384-5689.

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