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Re-2 celebrates an elegant affair

Kay Vasilakis

What a night for Re-2! Four hundred district employees and guests filled the highly decorated Devereux and Colorado rooms of the Hotel Colorado on Friday night, May 10, for the Garfield Re-2 District Celebration.Corporate sponsorships paid for the entire evening, including improvisational entertainment provided by the Impulse Theater, out of Denver. Re-2 School Board President Vicki VanEngelenburg started off the program with thoughts about things to be grateful for about living in America, and then introducing the Sixties group “Peter, Paul, and Gary (Pack)” to lead the entire group in a hilarious rendition of “Michael, Row the Boat Ashore.” The song was enhanced by the white wig Dr. Pack wore on his shiny bald head.Both classified and certified retirees were honored by testimonial speeches by each of their colleagues, bringing laughter and heartfelt tears to the room. Videos were shown for retiring principals Dr. Gaye Leo (Rifle Middle School) and John Burwell (Rifle High School). Emotions ran high as several songs were sung in tribute to the retirees, including “Wind Beneath My Wings,” played on the hotel’s grand piano and sung by Rifle High School vocal director Jennifer Calhoun, and skillfully accompanied on the saxophone by RHS band director Louis Johnson. In an assembly on May 7 at Roy Moore Elementary School, retiring elementary teacher Karen McClung was genuinely surprised by the presentation of the Wal-Mart Teacher of the Year Award by Wal-Mart employees Mike Daulton, store manager, and Virginia Drew, District Office secretary. McClung received a blue Wal-Mart vest with “Wal-Mart Teacher of the Year 2002” embroidered on the back, a $500 gift certificate for her classroom, and flowers. Several former students and many parents of students she taught over the years were in attendance to honor this beloved teacher.While escorting her students out of the assembly, she was spotted wiping a tear off her face, and the children gave her a standing ovation in her first-grade classroom. Congratulations, Karen!Esma Lewis Elementary, Rifle Middle School, Roy Moore Elementary and Riverside students competed in the district spelling bee at Riverside School on April 26. In the fourth-grade written competition, first place went to Lee Wentzel, and the fourth-grade dictionary event was won by John Baker. Lee Wentzel also took first place in fourth-grade orals, with John Baker taking second and Jereon Thornton taking third place.Leanna Harju blew away all the competition and won first places in all the the fifth-grade spelling competitions. In the sixth-grade written event, first place went to Seth Carmitchel, Gail Lyons won first place in dictionary, and Josh Gosnell won first place in the orals.The Re-2 Exceptional Bus Students of the Month of April are: Michael Martinez, Glenwood Elementary School, Route # 31, driver Norma Elliot; Elizabeth Richardson from Riverside School, Route #21, driver Lynn McConnell; and Andrew Garner, Rifle High School, Route #7, driver Anita Eckley.Kay Vasilakis is public information director for the Re-2 schools.


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