Re-2 employees receive grants from education foundation |

Re-2 employees receive grants from education foundation

RIFLE ” Four educators from the Garfield School District Re-2 received $500 each to fund learning projects, reported Kay Vasilakis, Garfield Re-2 Education Foundation secretary, on Wednesday.

The Garfield Re-2 Education Foundation, an independent organization that funds projects in the Re-2 school district, opened the grant process to all district employees.

“Staff members wrote competitive proposals and the foundation weighed those proposals for the most positive impact for students and staff,” said Vasilakis.

Winning awards for the foundation’s 2003 grant cycle were:

– Barb Jansen, a fourth-grade teacher at Wamsley Elementary School, Rifle, for “Everyday Math at Home” math kits.

– Penny Sykes, a reading teacher at Highland Elementary School, Rifle, to improve teachers’ skills for beginning reading and writing students in kindergarten through fourth grades.

– Lori Thompson, a school counselor at Roy Moore Elementary School, Silt, for her “Character Education Writing” contest.

– David Ziegler, a science teacher at Rifle High School, for a technology tool that allows him to write on the classroom white board and save the notes for absent students and future class planning.

The foundation’s grants are made possible by Alpine Bank’s Classroom Credits. For each new Alpine Bank debit card account that’s opened, the bank makes a donation to the foundation.

Wells Fargo Bank also contributes to the foundation through its community fund.

Contact Carrie Click: 945-8515, ext. 518

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