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On Saturday, Jan. 10, Cyndie Penland, Jody Williams, my daughter Dani Gonzales and I went to Grand Junction to see The Sound of Music at the Cabaret Theatre. We went on this particular day so that we could see Taylor Hendricks perform. Taylor is an eighth-grade student at St. John Middle School and a friend and classmate of Danis. Taylor was just wonderful as Friedrich von Trapp in this musical production. The entire production was great, and it was especially exciting to know someone on the stage! We hope to see Taylor again soon in another production.

Garfield County School District 16 has implemented a new program this school year the Teen Parent Program. The district was able to implement the Teen Parent Program through a grant from the Aspen Valley Community Foundation, which funds the cost of operation. Thanks to the generosity of community members, all the furnishings have been donated. The program is housed in the Early Learning Literacy Center, which is the old Grand Valley High School.Susan Paulis, a longtime resident of our community, is the director of the program. Susan brings to the program 16 years of experience with the Family Visitor Programs, where she worked at promoting good parenting skills. Susan wants to make sure that her students are successful parents as well as successful students. A can-do attitude and a willingness to better themselves are all it will take for students to succeed. Students enrolled in the Teen Parent Program have access to Duncans Fun House, a full-service day-care center located on the centers campus. The focus of the program is to provide the students with successful parenting skills, independent living and vocational options. Each student is using the Colorado Model Content Standards, where the student designs an individual program that will meet individual goals, interests and educational aspirations.Pregnant or parenting teens that are interested in joining the Teen Parent Program should call Dr. Steven McKee at 285-5701 to arrange a visit and interview.

Just recently my 13-year-old daughter was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis. This has been a very overwhelming couple of weeks for us I have looked at the Crohns & Colitis Foundation of America Web site, hoping to find a local support group. The closest groups I can find are in Boulder or Salt Lake City. If anyone is interested in starting a local Crohns & Colitis support group, please e-mail me. I can use all the help I can get.Mary Moores column, Grand Valley News, appears every other Thursday. To contact Mary with a news tip, call her at 945-8525, ext. 108, or e-mail MooreMOMOF7@aol.com.


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