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Roaring Fork Public Education Foundation recognizes donors

Glenwood Springs Elementary students Madison Goodstein and Tony Gonzales were so grateful for the exciting new reading materials in their school, they did something even grown-ups dread.

They spoke to a large group of adults at a donor recognition party given by the Roaring Fork Public Education Foundation on Thursday, March 4, at the River Valley Ranch Clubhouse.

After a recent merger that combined Basalt Education Foundation, Carbondale Education Foundation and the Roaring Fork Education Foundation to one RE-1 district-wide entity, the result has already generated and maximized resources for the students and teachers in the RE-1 School District. Last year the foundation gave 42 teachers $30,000 in innovative teaching grants to enhance and enrich classroom learning environments. Some of the projects that received funding were art aesthetics, reading Renaissance programs, music, physical science, a second grade newspaper and a learning garden.



Jane Douglass, a teacher at Basalt Middle School, came to the event to show how she is using her grant money. She spoke about an interactive solar program that promotes renewable energy. She hopes that through the real life application kids will educate their families and their community and everyone will be more inclined to use solar energy.

Dave Scruby, vice-chairman of Alpine Bank, hopes to set a trend for businesses and citizens to get involved financially. Scruby congratulated Re-1 Superintendent Fred Wall for bringing the foundations together and said, “We’ll be there in the future. This is the most important thing we do. It comes back to us in many ways.”



As for Goodstein and Gonzales booking future speaking events for a rush of adrenaline, they may rely on the authors and adventures in their new books to do that for them.

RFPEF board of directors, from left, Margaret Romero of Carbondale is a teacher at Carbondale Elementary School, Nan Sundeen of Carbondale is a donor and director of community relations for Pitkin County government and Heidi Staheli of Carbondale is a full-time mom.

Lee Ann Eustis, left, of Carbondale is on the RFPEF board of directors and Molly Beattie of Carbondale is a donor and director of corporate marketing at Alpine Bank.Lee Ann Eustis, left, of Carbondale is on the RFPEF board of directors and Molly Beattie of Carbondale is a donor and director of corporate marketing at Alpine Bank.

From left, Frosty Merriott of Carbondale is a certified public accountant, Bill Efting of Basalt is town manager for Basalt and a donor to RFPEF, and Brian Leasure of Carbondale is a broker associate at River Valley Ranch and on the RFPEF board of directors.

From left, Rick Stevens is mayor of Basalt, Tracy Bennett owns Midland Shoe Co. and sits on RFPEF board of directors and Marguerite Dykann of Emma sits on the board of directors and is a real estate broker at Roaring Fork Land Company.

Madison Goodstein, left, 10, is in a fourth grader at Glenwood Springs Elementary School, Taylor Goodstein, 12 is a sixth grader at Glenwood Springs Middle School and Tony Gonzales, 10, is a fourth grader at Glenwood Springs Elementary School.

From left, Bob Shivley is the librarian at Glenwood Springs Elementary, Sher Kerschen teaches fourth grade at Glenwood Springs Elementary and Fred Wall sits on RFPEF board of directors and is the superintendent of the Re-1 School District.

From left, Irene Friedman is executive director of RFPEF, Dave Scruby is vice-chairman of Alpine Bank, Nan Sundeen is president of RFPEF, Dan Hardin is co-owner of HP Geotech, a RFPEF corporate donor, John Foulkrod is a contractor and donor and Georgia Chamberlain is Garfield County Treasurer.

Sheila Levine of Carbondale works at the Veranda Collection in Basalt, Scott Levine owns Midland Avenue Depot and sits on RFPEF board of directors, Jane Douglass of Missouri Heights teaches fifth grade at Basalt Middle School and Toni Gregg of Basalt is on RFPEF board of directors.


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