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Letter: Impressive kindergartners

Tom Rutledge
Glenwood Springs

It was All School Crew at Glenwood Springs Elementary School on April 17, and it was time for the kindergartners to shine. They showed us what a team of very young scholars from all different backgrounds can accomplish when they team up and show determination.

First, they led the school in the pledge of allegiance. They sang the song “What a Wonderful World” while interpreting the song in sign language. They shared a part of the Miss Rumphius story, encouraging all attending to make the world a more beautiful place. Then they recited a little poem on how to grow plants. They hand-wrote and distributed thank-you cards for the school volunteers.

These kids showed what being part of a larger community was all about by sharing with the audience their food drive project to collect cans for the community. Through their determination, they collected well over their project goals. As a former IBM global project manager, I know how great it is when the team exceeds its goals. They ended Crew with a rousing Grizzly Roar and filed out with a lot of excitement, energy and hugs.

This school is one of Glenwood Springs’ jewels. It may be housed in an older building, but their spirit is new. It is wonderful to watch so much energy, creativity and joy being channeled into skills such as working in a team, meeting goals, presenting and communicating. These children may have difficult problems to deal with in the future, but they are learning skills that will last a lifetime. I think there could be many ways local businesses could interact with these young scholars to help make their education even more exciting. Give it a try.


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