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Strouse a choice essayist

Literacy Outreach held a literacy awareness essay contest entitled “How My Life would Change if I couldn’t Read.” A panel of eight judges picked 16 winners from over 1,000 entries.The overall winner, named “Readers’ Choice,” was Elisabeth Strouse, a student at Rifle Middle School. Elisabeth and the other winners read their essays aloud at an awards ceremony on Sept. 17. Other prize winners from Garfield Re-2 were Alyssa Jacobs, Alicia Cokley and Hayley Kinn from Kathryn Senor Elementary, Emily Johnson from Roy Moore Elementary, Lexi Wright and Shane VonDette from Esma Lewis Elementary, and Brittany Bowles and Katie Beth Kozera from Riverside School. Heather Knighton, Riverside School fourth grade teacher, won the number one spot for the adult category. Congratulations on these and all Literacy Outreach essay winners.Roy Moore Elementary fourth graders will be hosting their annual Celebrating Diversity dinner on Thursday, Sept. 26, at 6:30 p.m. The fourth graders, their families, and teachers will celebrate the culmination of this exciting project with a dinner to enjoy dishes of many lands and a viewing of the completed projects. The fourth graders have enjoyed the opportunity to develop a greater appreciation of their family histories, cultural diversity, and individual uniqueness.All of the fourth graders have been researching their ancestral roots for the past six weeks and learning more about one another as unique individuals through a variety of projects, including family trees, timelines and by creating large “All About Me” newspapers.-Organizers of Riverside’s annual Rendezvous are busy with all the details of putting that event together. A total of 124 students will be involved in centers including a trapper, two mountain men, art, horse painting, trading, Apache life, music, Indian games, constructing atlatls, and fry bread making on Friday, Oct. 11 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Mrs.Knighton’s, Miss Hesse’s and Miss Dawson’s classes, along with two classes from Esma Lewis, will participate in the Rendezvous. Most of the center leaders, including 50 volunteers and community members, donate their time and knowledge, along with all props such as tipis, logs, cooking stoves, horses, and tents. This popular, eagerly awaited event is offered “To reawaken a part of our very own Colorado history before the children’s eyes. It matches the Social Studies curriculum for fourth grade – it is a fabulous, hands-on approach to understanding the lifestyle of the mountain men and Indians,” says teacher Heather Knighton.This week is Homecoming Week for Rifle High School students. To create more school spirit, each day has a theme. Monday was Patriot Day, today is Cowboy Day, Wednesday should be interesting because it’s Opposite Day, Thursday is Medieval Day and Friday is School Colors Day. Besides the regular sports activities, there will be a basketball game between the freshmen and the LINK Leaders, a Spirit Assembly and Powder Puff Football game on Wednesday, the Homecoming Parade, Pep Rally, and Rotary BBQ on Friday. The Homecoming Game will be against Delta, and will begin at 7 p.m.A Groundbreaking Ceremony was held on Sept.10 for the new Re-2 Maintenance and Food Service Facility. The new building is located directly behind Columbine Ford and immediately south of Wamsley Elementary School in Rifle.The 10,000-square-foot facility should be ready for occupancy in December. Shaw Construction is the main contractor, with subcontractors Schmueser & Associates, Mumm Electric, Mark Briels Electric, Encompass Mechanical, and All Temp Refrigeration.By the end of the week, the majority of a 6-foot-tall chain link perimeter fence will be up around the job site. Orange temporary fence will be installed between Wamsley and the new facility to keep children out of the area. School personnel will advise their students about staying out of the fenced area, but the district also asks that parents talk to their children about staying out of the area.The basement of the Re-2 District Office has been storing all the maintenance supplies and the quantity of food service items required for seven schools. When the new facility is ready for occupancy, all this equipment and food will be transferred to it. Construction will begin on the lower level for a new Staff Development Center, which also will house a new School Board of Directors Board Room. That project will be ready by the fall of 2003.


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