GSES program partners community with classrooms
A Glenwood Springs Elementary School program is taking the Adopt-a-Highway concept indoors.In its second year, the Partners in Education’s Adopt-a-Classroom Program makes 41 classes available for business or individual sponsorship. Sponsorship can be in the form of a monetary donation or purchase of at least $60 in school supplies.”This program shows the kids that the community cares,” said Rachael Windh, owner of the For You Shoppe in Glenwood Springs, who came up with the idea last year. “I adopted a classroom, and it was fun. The kids said, ‘Wow, cool, the For You Shoppe lady brought us stuff.'”Windh, a former Re-2 school district behavior specialist, said the program came to her one night while she was watching TV.”It had been over 10 years since I first noticed how much schools were lacking in supplies, and it just bothered me. It has always been an issue,” Windh said. “On a national average, teachers spend $200-$400 out of their own pockets for classroom supplies. I wanted the community to get more involved with our schools.”Jenny Cutright, PIE president and mother of a GSES first-grader, said the program helps teachers make their classes special and assists students whose families may not be able to purchase back-to-school supplies.”Some children can’t afford their own notebooks, and teachers may need to supply them,” she said.Cutright said she hopes to fill the program’s donor list by Thursday, Aug. 25. Teachers will have their wish lists available today.”I know our principal and teachers really appreciate the program,” she said. “Each classroom will have a certificate on the wall saying which business or person adopted them.”For Windh, supporting the kids is what is most important.”I have my master’s in social work, so my training has been to think of ways to help people,” Windh said. “You need more than two dictionaries or pairs of scissors in a classroom.”Contact April E. Clark: 945-8515, ext. firstname.lastname@example.org
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