Two Rivers Community School holds fundraiser |

Two Rivers Community School holds fundraiser

Christopher Mullen Post Independent Sammy Baumert and Kiana Bulitho play in the Sound Garden at Two Rivers Community School, October 10. The Sound Garden was moved from the Glenwood Springs Community Center to the school making room for the hockey rink expansion.
Christopher Mullen |

Two Rivers Community School prepares for its first fall fundraiser and silent auction as it celebrates continuing academic growth, a mineral lease grant that will provide bus funding and the installation of a Sound Garden.

The fundraiser runs from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Friday and is open to the community as well as school families. The event will feature live music, games, a kids movie and a soup contest. Silent auction items include a week in Mexico, a Sunlight ski pass, Avalanche tickets and more. Proceeds benefit the school’s general fund and will help pay for ongoing improvements to the facility and grounds.

“The formula for charter school funding is so different from other public schools,” explained co-director Adriana Hire. “You struggle for every little penny.”

Among other things, the school started out without money for a bus route. Transportation challenges have put a small dent in enrollment this year, but a $25,000 Garfield County Federal Mineral Lease grant is set to change that with the purchase of a pair of school buses.

Next school year, TRCS anticipates a pair of bus routes serving Silt, New Castle and Glenwood. In the meantime, the buses will be used for field trips and other place based projects, one of the school’s core goals.

Meanwhile, the first phase of construction is wrapping up on the Sound Garden, which was relocated from the Glenwood Springs Community Center. The original interactive musical park was a cooperative project of the City of Glenwood Springs, the Stuart Rippy Advisory Fund held by the Two Rivers Community Foundation and Boy Scout Troop 225. The funding of the original landscape plan and the instruments was an Eagle Scout project led by Shane Beckius. When the instruments needed to be relocated due to the hockey program expansion at the Community Center, Gregg and Marilee Rippy approached TRCS.

The relocation and rebuilding of the project has taken several hours of work by many volunteers, Masons and contributors from TRCS. Two new instruments were also added. The school is planning a grand opening once the project is finished and fully landscaped.

Academically, the school has seen significant growth between general English and math tests administered at the beginning of the year and another round given two weeks ago. Energy and morale remain high, and new parents call to join the waitlist every day.

“It has gone by so fast,” said Hire. “We’re just as excited as we were at the beginning.”

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