Memories & Milestones |

Memories & Milestones

In November, Cole Haycock, 7, of New Castle, and his grandmother Barbara Haycock of Glenwood Springs noticed homeless men with backpacks in Glenwood Springs. Cole asked his grandma if their feet would get cold in the winter and decided to collect socks. Cole decorated a box and put it outside Mrs. Murphy’s classroom at Elk Creek Elementary School in New Castle. He collected 56 pairs of clean, warm winter socks, and presented the socks to the staff of Feed My Sheep, a nonprofit that serves the homeless, right before Thanksgiving.”I’m going to do this again next year,” Cole said.

Teri McDuffey, a Montessori trained teacher at the Mt. Sopris Montessori School in Carbondale, is teaching the fundamentals of mathematics through her music. Using her guitar and original compositions, preschoolers are learning skip counting, addition, subtraction, division and geometry helping to prepare them for kindergarten. The inspiration for her songs sprang from her young students who gave her the ideas for her lyrics, describing musically what they “liked” in life. McDuffey’s innate love of music stems from her early childhood. As McDuffey’s love of music developed, she composed the lyrics of her own original songs with arrangements played on her guitar and ukulele. In the spring of 2012, McDuffey completed her lifelong desire to publish her lyrics into children’s books with an accompanying CD. Enlisting her children as colorful illustrators and a local Carbondale recording studio, McDuffey released “Math Tunes” under her own company, Lucky Learning Tunes. Following the math release, McDuffey’s company composed and produced editions covering geography, biology and history.Teri moved to the Roaring Fork Valley in 1999 from Kansas City to work as a teacher using the Montessori teaching method at the Carbondale Crystal River Elementary School. Eventually she helped start a Montessori strand of classes at Crystal River Elementary School, which ultimately became Ross Montessori School. The circle became complete when she returned to Mt. Sopris Montessori School in 2009. To see video examples of her songs or to purchase a Book and CD visit:

The Orchard, serving as a Regional Collection Center for Operation Christmas Child, collected 796 shoe box gifts that will be send to children in more than 100 countries who are suffering from natural disaster, war, terrorism, disease, famine and poverty. Boxes were packed with gifts, including small toys, personal care items such as hair brushes, hair accessories, toothbrushes as well as stickers, school supplies and hard candy by area families, kids, churches, schools and civic organizations, including 348 boxes that were contributed by The Orchard’s attendees. The Orchard would like to thank The Property Shop for generously donating its moving truck again this year to transport all the boxes to Grand Junction where they will be sent to the distribution center in Denver and then repacked to be shipped all over the world. The Orchard would also like to thank Midland Shoe in Basalt and Treadz in Glenwood Springs for their generous donations of hundreds of shoe boxes.

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