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It’s not easy being green

Re-2 NewsTheresa HamiltonGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

A small but dedicated group of Rifle High School students is keeping the halls clean and making a difference. The Green Team has been in existence at Rifle High School for almost a year, emerging last Christmas from English teacher Keri Wagstrom’s New Year’s resolution.”Resolutions seem a little out of fashion, but I make them every year anyway,” said Wagstrom. “I had been thinking of starting a recycling program within the school for a while; it’s amazing how much paper and how many coke bottles we go through. Not everything gets recycled, but we believe we are making a difference, even though it’s a small one.”Thanks to a donation of trash cans from Wal-Mart, students are now encouraged to toss their aluminum, tin and plastic bottles into a recycling bin. Teachers are now recycling used white office paper, and every Friday morning proves to be an adventure for these students as they go through the recycling bins to separate the materials.”We pick through the chicken nuggets and moldy apples that students have inadvertently thrown into the recycle cans,” said Wagstrom.

Wagstrom takes the bags and boxes of recyclables to the recycling center in Glenwood Springs every Saturday.Rifle High School senior Tim Parrington painted all the trash cans with recycling symbols. He believes he and his classmates are making a difference.”I wanted to clean up our school and our community,” said Parrington. “We were hoping that if kids at school saw us caring about our school, they would care more, too.”It seems to be working.Over the last year, the number of recyclables has doubled, with some students bringing in materials from home to recycle through the Green Team project.”I feel that we are making a difference at Rifle High School,” said Wagstrom. “More students are becoming aware of the choices that they make. Some decide to act on these choices. I’d like to think the difference we are making has to do with pride. Recycling is a small act that we do because we care about the environment, both at RHS, and in the world outside of Rifle.”

Construction UpdateWe are thankful to the voters of Garfield Re-2 for their support of the 2006 bond program. You can find updated information on the construction progress on our Web site ( Below is a brief update of our current projects.Silt Elementary School – The new elementary school in Silt is under construction. Foundation pilings are being drilled and work is continuing on getting electrical, water and sewer to the site and enclosing the irrigation ditch that runs through the property. It is anticipated this facility will open in January 2008. A naming committee is currently being formed. If you would like to participate in this process, please contact Roy Moore Elementary principal Lisa Whitmore at 625-7850.New Castle Middle School – This new facility is nearing design completion. It is currently designed for 28 regular classrooms with a core capacity of 750 students. It is anticipated that construction will begin in the summer of 2007 and open in the fall of 2008. A naming committee is currently being formed. If you would like to participate in this process, please contact Riverside Middle School principal Bill Nickel at 625-7800.Rifle High School – The Rifle High School design advisory group has held several meetings and is working on the design for the building renovations and athletic facility upgrades. The building renovations will likely begin in the spring of 2008 and continue through 2009. Current plans include renovating the auditorium and kitchen facilities, as well as extending the new roofs for the commons area and a general updating to paint and carpet. These designs are subject to change as the design group continues to refine the project. It is anticipated the athletic facility upgrades including a new press box, resurfacing of the track and new bleachers will begin in May 2007.

Transportation – This project is also under design and will expand the work bays at the current transportation location to accommodate growth and include fire alarm and fire suppression systems. Construction is anticipated to begin in April 2007.Rifle Middle School – Construction of the four-classroom addition is anticipated to begin in spring 2007.Wamsley Elementary – This is an upgrade to the heating and cooling systems at the school. It is anticipated that the work associated with the outside of the building will begin in March 2007 with the interior work beginning this summer to be complete in the summer of 2008.

Congratulations to this month’s outstanding bus students: Wamsley Elementary student Daylan Eckley from Lenord Kuper’s Route #3; Rifle Middle School student Elizabeth Navarro, who rides Jodie Steggal’s Route #14; and Rifle High School student Matt Varela, who rides Bill Tabor’s Route #32.

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