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Annie Freyschlag has been selected to participate in a unique two-week volunteer program in the Dominican Republic, working alongside 20 to 50 other individuals from around the globe who share her passion to impact our world. Freyschlag will be working under the direction of an organization called International Student Volunteers (ISV). The Dominican Republic shares the island of Hispaniola with Haiti, which was recently devastated by an earthquake measuring 7.0 on the Richter scale.

While in the Dominican Republic, Freyschlag will be volunteering on a diverse range of community development-based projects working with families and children living in poverty. Half of Freyschlag’s time will be spent running educational programs for children using a structured syllabus and mediums such and music, clowning, puppetry and dance.

The other half of the project will be spent addressing the basic needs of communities living in extreme poverty. Access to clean water, nutrition and sanitation are a priority, and projects also incorporate building schools, houses and community facilities.



The volunteer project is run in conjunction with local community leaders. ISV volunteers also work extensively with refugees from Haiti who cross the border looking for jobs and housing.

Volunteers will help educate children through the ISV Children’s Program, which involves teaching English, math, geography, natural sciences, arts and crafts, and recreational activities to poor children in rural communities with little access to quality education. Many students report back that their lives have also been changed while making a difference in the community.



“I am so excited to volunteer with International Student Volunteers in the Dominican Republic,” says Freyschlag. “As a social work major at Colorado State University, my passion is to help people who are less fortunate than I. I believe this is the perfect opportunity to start making a positive impact on this world.”

Freyschlag will be paying for the majority of the program with her personal funds, so if you would like to sponsor her by making a donation to support her volunteer efforts, please contact her at afreyschlag@gmail.com. Donations made by sponsors who file taxes in the USA are tax deductible within the limits of the law.

If you would like to find out more information about International Student Volunteers and even perhaps join Freyschlag, visit http://www.isvonline.org.

Lucas Frederick Pulver of Carbondale made the Seattle Pacific University 2011 Winter Quarter dean’s list. Students on the dean’s list have completed at least 12 credits and attained a 3.50 or higher grade point average. Founded in 1891, Seattle Pacific University is a premier Christian university that equips people to engage the culture and change the world. Its comprehensive academic program serves 4,000 undergraduate and graduate students. Known for both their competence and character, SPU graduates are bringing about positive change in communities around the globe.

Thad Porter, a native of New Castle, graduated from the University of Montana Western on Saturday, May 7.

Porter* will earn a Bachelor of Applied Science upon graduation.

Montana Western is located in Dillon, Mont., in the southwestern corner of the state. Founded as Montana’s first teacher education college, Montana Western now offers programs in biology; business; education; English; equine studies; environmental sciences; fine arts; history, philosophy and social sciences; and mathematics.

Montana Western is the first and only public four-year university in the country to offer a block-scheduling program in which students take one class at a time, three hours per day, for 18 days per block, earning the same amount of credits during a semester as students do in traditional class scheduling formats.

Sue Feeney works Roaring Fork Conservancy education staff out of a job; and they completely approve and love it! Since 2002, Feeney has implemented river education into her middle school students’ science class experience at Carbondale Middle School.

For many years Feeney incorporated the Colorado River Watch program, taking students out in the field to collect water samples and monitor the local Crystal River. River-focused field trips at Bogan Flats near Marble had students wading out in the river to measure stream flow while others created art in the spirit of Andy Goldsworthy.

Feeney makes science relevant and fun for her students. She requests Roaring Fork Conservancy education programs and then later borrows the teaching tools so she can teach the lessons herself and make them her own.

Feeney showed “Tapped,” a film about the negative impacts of bottled water, to the entire student body at Carbondale Middle School. Shortly after the viewing she empowered her students to hit the streets with signs and a table during First Friday, where her students asked the public to participate in a bottled water vs. tap water taste test and to stop drinking bottled water.

Feeney creates authentic opportunities for students to connect to their home in the Roaring Fork Watershed. Carbondale Middle School is lucky to have Sue Feeney. The Roaring Fork Conservancy is proud to honor her with the 2011 Roaring Fork Watershed River Educator of the Year Award.

Do you have two hours a week spare time? The Rifle High School Class of 2011 and future senior classes need assistance finding and applying for scholarships and finding financial aid sources and filling out the required paperwork. Times are flexible: 8-10 a.m. or 2-4 p.m. If you have a little time to spare each week, give Kathy Terry a call at 665-7765 for details.


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