Graduations and celebrations |

Graduations and celebrations

Grand Valley News
Mary Moore
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
SubmittedThe Grand Valley Educational Foundation presented the First Annual Teacher of the Year Awards to Garfield County School District No. 16 teachers Friday, May 9. One teacher from each of the three schools was selected as the 2008 Teacher of the Year. The Bea Underwood Elementary School teacher of the year is Kathy Keeling, a sixth-grade teacher. Lorile Loesch, a math teacher is the LW St John Middle School teacher of the year. Grand Valley High School's teacher of the year is Scott Carpenter, a math teacher. Congratulations to these three fine educators.

Commencement exercises for Grand Valley High School were held Sunday, May 18, in the high school gymnasium. Fifty-nine graduates received their diplomas, the largest graduating class in GVHS history. Mr. Larry Brady, former Bea Underwood Elementary School and Grand Valley High School principal, gave the commencement address. (I mentioned you, Mr. Brady.) A long-standing tradition at GVHS is the presenting of flowers by the graduates to people in the audience that have influenced their lives. I did not realize just how moving this presentation is, until my child handed me a rose.

So for me, this marks the end of an era. I have had a child in the public school system for a continuous 29 years. I am truly very willing and glad to move on to the next chapter of my life.

Congratulations, graduates ” especially my own, Dani Gonzales.

Commencement exercises for Grand Valley Alternative High School were held at the Battlement Mesa Activity Center Friday, May 16. Ten students graduated this year. Anne White and Sean Rice supervise the alternative program. Congratulations, graduates.

Sarah Orona recently informed me that the 2008 Grand Valley Days will be the 100th Anniversary of this small town celebration. So she would like all of us to start preparing early to make this the biggest and best celebration. The dates have been selected as July 25 and 26. The Grand Marshals for the parade will be all families that have been here since 1908. So if you are one of these or know of someone, please give Sarah a call. Many activities are in the planning stage and I will have more on that, as they become finalized. There will be a huge children’s carnival, which is slated to run before, during and after the parade. So make plans now to attend the 2008 Grand Valley Days.

Touch A Truck Family Day will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 7 at the Battlement Mesa Activity Center. Join us for a day of outdoor fun ” lots of commercial vehicles including police cars, fire trucks, sheriff’s cars, cranes, dump trucks, and a school bus. Hotdogs, burgers, soda, chips and more will be for sale. Fun includes a Pirates of the Caribbean bump n’ jump, Hot Strings Band, BMAC Store, K-9 Corp, Smokey Bear and more.

Mary Moore’s column, “Grand Valley News,” appears every other Thursday. To contact Mary with a news tip, e-mail her at (underscore between n and 3).

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