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Readers Say Thanks

Post Independent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

The art department at Basalt High School continues to thrive even in the midst of budget cuts and job fears. The numbers that have signed up for art classes for next year are even greater than last year.

Research has shown that the arts not only keep many students in school, but can also raise scores in others areas of study.

We want to thank the community for its support of our program. Every year, the Glenwood Springs Art Guild gives to our department. We were also awarded grants from Basalt Kids and the town of Basalt. These grants and donations help to keep us stocked in supplies and equipment, allowing our students to create amazing pieces.

The annual art show is May 4, 5 and 6. Because our operating budget will be cut next year, we will be hosting a coffee house on Thursday and Friday evenings to help raise money for next year.

Every year, we have artist judges from the community help select our finest pieces for ribbons. Thank you for taking time to help us.

We are thankful that this district has been supportive the arts, and is trying to keep all programs going even as the money dwindles. I urge the community to support mill levy overrides and other ways that we can guarantee our valued specials stay in our schools. May theatre, music, sports and the fine arts continue to enrich the lives of our children.

Tish McFee

art instructor, Basalt High School

As a first-year swim coach, I had no idea how much volunteer work went into running a swim meet.

The Glenwood Springs High School boys’ families and the local swimming community made my first home meet experience absolutely amazing.

A big thank-you to all the volunteers. Without all of their hard work, there is no way the meet would have taken place.

I would also like to thank the Glenwood Springs Community Center for the use of the facility and the spectators who came out to cheer on the swimmers.

Thanks to all for creating a smooth, well-run event!

Mark Bauer

Glenwood Springs High School boys swim coach

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