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Schools get elementary assistance

Kim Doose

Some parents, students and volunteers from Glenwood Springs Elementary and Sopris Elementary donated some of their time in preparation for upcoming events at the schools.The GSES crew cleaned up around the grounds in preparation for their new school sign. The parents keep track of how the school looks. It looks good, but we always want it to look better, said GSES principal Sonya Hemmen. Parents In Education president Shannon Moller organized a work day attended by more than 20 volunteers.Last year, GSES students raised $3,000 at their annual spelling bee. With that money, they bought a new sign that will have Spanish on one side and English on the other. Every year we buy something for the school; the kids work hard for it, said Moller.The volunteers also cleaned out two large sandboxes near the Bolitho building. They needed some sand. It wasnt much fun to play in, said Kevin Carlson. In less than three hours, the GSES volunteers moved six tons of fresh sand into the boxes so the kids would have a nice place to play.Later, a dozen more parents brought their skills and talents in the trades to take the sign out of its crate and put it into the ground.On the other side of town, Sopris Elementary parents and students were holding their first community garage sale to raise money so the fifth-graders can take an overnight trip to the Denver Museum of Science and Nature in the spring.We wanted to save the kids from having to go out and knock on doors, said co-organizer Cathy Peets.The community can participate in the fifth-graders Auction for Education by stopping in at Alpine Bank and U.S. Bank in Glenwood, Carbondale or Basalt and bid on a chair that has been painted with various themes.At the museum, 75 students will see exhibits that range from a cosmic space journey that tours the universe to interactive exhibits that encourage development of scientific thinking and get kids excited about science and cultural history.Theres a lot of standards we get to cover, and its interactive, said fifth-grade teacher Joe Sprick. And the parents like it, too.As for school on a Saturday, Hemmen said, People are always willing to come over and help out.

GSES parents and volunteers, from left, Cathy Spence, of Glenwood, teaches preschool at Columbine Kids; Shannon Moller, of Glenwood, is self-employed; and PIE president Jenny Cutright, of Glenwood, is finance manager for Carbondale & Rural Fire Protection District.

GSES students who came to help, from left, Grifen Moller, 6, is in first grade; Blake Moller, 4, is in pre-school; and Alex Cutright, 5, is in kindergarten, all of Glenwood.

GSES parents who helped put the sign up, from left, David Oyarzabal works in construction; Wilbur Gomez is a stone mason; and Francisco Lopez works in construction. Sebastian Gomez, 9, is in fourth grade at GSES. All are from Glenwood.

GSES volunteers, clockwise from back left, Tammy Bambic, of Glenwood, a registered nurse at Grand River Medical Center; Kiley Carlson, 16, a junior at Glenwood Springs High School; Kevin Carlson, 12, a seventh-grader at Glenwood Springs Middle School; Joshua Bambic, 4; and Jacob Bambic, 5, a kindergartner.

Sopris Elementary volunteers, from left, Rochelle Sadler, who teaches fifth grade at Sopris Elementary; Julie Yost, co-chair of the festival; Cindy Metzger; Cathy Petts, co-chair of the festival; and Joe Sprick, a fifth-grade teacher.

Some of the GSES parents who helped put the sign up, from left, Scott Hemmen is a surveyor; Bill Swigert is a structural engineer; Don Cutright is a carpenter; and Mike Moller is an electrician, all of Glenwood.

Sopris volunteers, clockwise from back left, Denise Santana; Laura Jackson; Marty Mazzotta, who teaches fifth grade at Sopris; Sean Yost, 10, a fifth-grader; Larissa Santana, 7, a second-grader; and Lucas Santana, 10, a fifth-grader.

Helping at GSES, from left, Jennifer Varela, 12, a fourth-grader at GSES; Jacqueline Varela, 6, a first-grader at GSES; and Guillermo Varela, a landscaper, all of Glenwood.


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