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School gets Christmas in August

Kay Vasilakis

Linda Claussen works all year to collect prizes for Roy Moore’s Summer Reading Incentive Program. Claussen and cohorts Nancy Vidal and Karren Valenteen of the school’s parent-teacher association (RMEPA), team up to motivate students to spend time reading in the summer, and reward them for their efforts when they go back to school.The two-year-old program has already made a significant impact on the reading habits of students.One ticket is given to each student who reads at least 15 minutes per day, five days per week in the summer months. A student may receive up to three tickets to be entered in the drawing. The first year of the program, only 29 students participated. This year, “Definitely over half the students participated,” said Roy Moore principal Mark MacHale.The reward drawing was held Tuesday, Aug. 27. You should have seen the kids’ faces as they won bikes, scooters, pizzas, bowling certificates, toys and art materials.It was just like an entire school getting Christmas in August.Prizes were awarded by a drawing of names, but every participating student received a bag of treats and a brand new book.Hats off to Linda Claussen, Karren Valenteen, Nancy Vidal, RMEPA, and Schmueser, Gordon, Meyer for helping these students love to read! Last May, Principal MacHale held an assembly to show off prizes and explain the summer reading program. Students in first through third grade received a free bag of books to take home to get started. The purchase of these books was made possible through a $1,000 cash donation from Schmueser, Gordon, Meyer engineering firm. RMEPA also contributed $500 to purchase bikes and toys. Staff members at the school made sure each student received a bag of books geared to their reading level.Wal-Mart, SuperBowl New Castle, Somethin’ Sweet Candy, Glenwood Hot Springs Pool, Hogback Pizza, Photoworks .com, Hershey Chocolate, SixFlags Elitch Gardens, Wendy’s, Dos Hombres, K-Mart, Book Train, Dunlap’s, Silt Express and the Sapphire Grille donated prizes.The Colorado State Patrol conducts annual inspection of the Re-2 Transportation’s entire bus fleet of 40 vehicles. Troopers check lenses, brakes, brake lines and brake pads for the state bus inspection report. “We appreciate that they do it, and they like to do it. We’ve always done excellent on this test,” said Sanja Morgan, director of transportation for Garfield Re-2 Schools.”Our inspection this year was done on Aug. 13, and we only had two minor infractions that we took care of immediately. The two infractions were a short in a back brake light and a brake tubing rubbing on a frame. We have great mechanics and drivers who keep a watchful eye on those units,” she said. “We’re glad our parents know their children are being transported by safe, reliable buses and dedicated drivers.”Lindsey Steele, daughter of John and Christine Steele of Rifle, placed fifth in the nation in “Introduction to Parliamentary Procedure” in the National FBLA Leadership Conference held in Nashville, Tenn., this summer. With over 5,000 students and advisors in attendance this accomplishment is admirable. Way to go, Lindsey!Carrie Simms, Amy Daley, and Zack Akin also competed and attended workshops, which were hosted at the Opryland Hotel. They enjoyed tours of Music City USA and an evening at the Grand Ol’ Opry.”I am especially proud to sponsor these very special students in FBLA, said Re-2 business teacher and FBLA sponsor Marilyn Latham. “When I attend events such as this with our students, it reinforces my great pride in the quality of students at Rifle High School.”


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