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RHS FFA makes use of animal attraction

Kay Vasilakis

Rifle High School FFA students not only care for their animals and show them at judged events, they provide a petting farm for little kids and senior citizens to get up-close and personal with ducks, goats, baby chicks, and other farm animals. This year, the petting farm was held April 15 and 16.Consideration of the seniors and little children is a big part of the petting farm. The students often wheel the wheelchair-bound seniors to see the goats or the horses or the sheep. Student Julie Chelewski said, “The seniors get a chance to get out and see something different.” The caring they show for their visitors is contagious, and everyone pitches in to show them a good time.One of the wheelchair-bound seniors said, “I think it’s so wonderful for you to include us old folks to visit these animals.”The Rifle FFA returned from the District Livestock and Horse contest with some good experience and honors as well. The team took the High Point Team Overall and District Championship in the Livestock Results. Jarrid Garner earned the Second High Point in sheep, and Heather Tillman got the Fourth High Point designation. Jarrid also took first place in beef, and Danielle Rohan took Third High Point in the same category.In the swine category, Jarrid received the Second High Point. Jarrid also earned the Third High Point in Reasons and the High Point Overall.The Rifle students also received the Second High Point Team Overall in the Horse Results and Megan Creegan earned the High Point Individual in the same category.Sheila Allen’s second-grade class is a “looping” class, meaning the teacher has the same class for both the first and second grades. When asked what she considered the best thing about teaching a looping class, Allen said, “You know, the best thing is that (at the end of the first grade) the kids already know which kids are going to be in their class in the second grade. They don’t worry about it, and at this age, they worry. They already know what’s expected of them. The kids don’t change, just the curriculum changes.””The ESL families feel more at home in your classroom. The extra time we spend together makes a difference in their level of participation.” Allen and teacher aide Wendy Lissolo teach the students spelling words with “word work,” using actions to learn the words, and dance around the room to spell the words to a beat.Second grader Devon Harrison said he liked word work because “I get to do the moves, and that helps me learn the words.”The New Castle Booster Club’s annual Spring Carnival is Friday, April 25, starting at 5 p.m. for the Lions Club-sponsored Barbeque, and 6 p.m. for the games and activities.The event will once again feature the Jelly Bean Guess, and several new games have been added.Local businesses including Bob Gordon Construction, Senor Electric, West Canyon Tree Farm, Alpine Bank, and Last-Minute Tan have donated funds for some great prizes, including bikes, a Game Boy with a game, and a $75 savings bond. There will be lots of other great prizes and lots of City Market and homemade cakes and goodies.

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