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Fourth-graders get firsthand learningWow! It is amazing how rich an experience can be when lots of hands come together to create it. The fourth-grade students at Glenwood Springs Elementary recently had such an experience with the Rendezvous. They were able to learn firsthand about Colorado history, making it come alive. They made fry bread, painted live horses, learned from Native Americans and mountain men, and created crafts for a trading post. They also researched historical figures, dressed in character and gave a speech to their fellow students. We want to thank all the people from the community and all the parents who helped make this amazing learning experience possible.They are Brenda Elwell, Julie Thulson, Kris Leahy, Pam Tate, Tiffany Diaz, Danielle Evans, Trudy Fleming, Chyna, Melissa Anderson, Stacy Adams, Resa Hayes, Donna DuBois, Klaus Kocher, Libby McNeil, Ashley, John, Dan Kellogg, Kalleelah, Sheila Gilliam, Tom McRaith, Jodie Collins, Karen Dixon, Teresa McDermott, Tom Heald, Kate McRaith, Corinne Deraddo, Casey Herrmann, Bill Kite, Sue Plush, Bill Crymble, Tomas and family, Lorie Courier, Barb Brown, Sloan Piffer, Francisca Valenzuela and Hillary Otto.Thanks so much!Colleen Boddy, Beth Dwyer, Karen Hall, Holly Hentschel, Leslye HooverGlenwood Springs Elementary School fourth-grade teachersState of the Valley had large turnoutMore than 160 citizens, elected officials, and planners from the region met at the Hotel Colorado for Healthy Mountain Communities’ fourth annual State of the Valley Symposium. It was the largest turnout in the event’s history.Thanks to the symposium participants, speakers, and sponsors for making the event a success.Thanks again to symposium sponsors: The Post Independent, Aspen Times, Roaring Fork Leadership, Schmueser-Gordon-Meyer, Pitkin County, Aspen Skiing Company, Eagle County, Valley View Hospital, Williams Production, City of Aspen, Whitsitt &; Gross PC, Sundeen & Son Construction LLC, Aspen Land and Homes, The Land Studio, Sopris Avenue Mediation, Roaring Fork Transportation Authority, New Century Transportation Foundation, Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association.Special thanks to a number of organizations and individuals, including: Virginia Newton, who recently stepped down as executive director of Roaring Fork Leadership, for her suggestion to make the State of the Valley Symposium a part of the RFL curriculum; Steve Kaufman, executive director of Access Roaring Fork, for videotaping the morning session; Dan Richardson, Susan Shirley, Liz Lippett, Rick Lafaro, Dorothea Farris, Randy Russell, Todd Pikton, and Doug Jeavons for presenting on local issues and trends with ever-present threats from the time police; Luther Propst, Tim Watkins, and David Chrislip for their excellent keynote presentations and inspiring comments; New Century Transportation Foundation for use of their online registration program (attendees paying by credit card will see “New Century Transportation Foundation” on their credit card statement); the Community Office for Resource Efficiency and Garfield County for lending their powerpoint projectors; The Hotel Colorado staff for their excellent service and fine food; local governments for their support of Healthy Mountain Communities; and the HMC Board of Directors for their commitment to regional issues, collaboration, and organizing the symposium. Proceedings from the event, including slide presentations and video, will be online at http://www.hmcnews.org in the coming week. Colin Laird Healthy Mountain Communities Carbondale


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