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Pulling together for bright future at Carbondale Elementary School

Apply early: The deadline is approaching for student financial aid applications for the 2005-06 school year. March 31 is the priority deadline for Free Application for Federal Student Aid for fall semester.”We will continue processing applications coming in after March 31,” Colorado Mountain College financial aid director Gary Lewis said. “Loans and Pell grants are always available, but state grant money, federal grant money and work-study money is limited, so if students don’t get requests in early, they may miss opportunities.”This year Pell grants will not be as readily available due to a shift in the formula determining eligibility.”This year the Department of Education reduced the deductions for state and local taxes – sometimes substantially – so that families will be expected to contribute more, thus cutting or lowering grants for some students altogether,” according to a recent newsletter from the American Council on Education.Lewis said some students will lose just $100-$200 in Pell grant money, but a few at CMC will lose the grant altogether. “About a tenth of our degree-seeking students get Pell grants. But it’s not affecting the neediest students, and not many CMC students will lose grants. Every year the cost of living, state and other tax allowances in the formula should be updated, but it hasn’t been in 10 years. For students who won’t qualify, there is loan money available.” For information, call Lewis at 945-8691.Honor society seeks new membersCMC has 20 new inductees into Phi Theta Kappa, the International Honor Society of two-year colleges. The organization invites students in a degree program who have completed at least 12 credits of college-level coursework with a GPA of 3.5 or higher to join. The Psi Rho chapter at CMC had a team at Spellebration and is planning at least a couple more events involving popular culture. The chapter will watch “Super Size Me” and will write up thoughts on the movie for a national Phi Beta Kappa conference. Organizer Judy Fisher said, “We are hoping to involve the entire student body of the Roaring Fork Campus once a semester in activities. We are doing Project Graduation with the theme ‘feed a body, feed a mind.’ At graduation we will collect nonperishable food items and books and distribute them to local organizations. This is a project across the country and around the world, and our chapter’s first year to do this.”Hollywood 101 for KidsHollywood 101 for Kids is coming to Rifle. “Power Rangers” star Kate Sheldon hosts an on-camera acting workshop at CMC’s Rifle Campus, from 1 to 4 p.m. April 22-23. Kids choose a “movie star name,” and define their images with hairstyle makeovers and wardrobe ideas. Students also choose monologues, study scenes, and practice hosting talk shows and reporting TV news. Parents will get information on Denver agencies, audition etiquette and how to start an acting career. Boys and girls ages 6-18 may attend the workshop. Sheldon starred as Nadira on “Power Rangers” from 2000 to 2002, as well as in national commercials, TV shows and movies,. She is a graduate of CU-Boulder.Renelle Lott writes a CMC column for the Post Independent. If you have questions, please call the CMC public info office, 384-8506.

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