Garfield Re-2 embarks on World Cafe tour |

Garfield Re-2 embarks on World Cafe tour

World Cafe Tour

Friday, Nov. 4, from 9-11 a.m. at Misty’s Coffee Shop in Silt

Saturday, Nov. 12, from 2-4 p.m. at the Lazy Bear in New Castle

Saturday, Nov. 19 from 9-1 a.m. at the Rifle Branch Library

Coffee and a conversation: Those are two things that Garfield School District Re-2 officials are looking for through their “World Cafe” tour that began last week at the Whistle Pig Coffee Stop and Cafe in Rifle. The tour continues Friday, Nov. 4, at Misty’s Coffee Shop in Silt.

World Cafe is a format to gather public input. It provides residents an opportunity to share their thoughts either personally with Garfield Re-2 representatives, including Superintendent Brent Curtice, or more discretely by sitting and writing their thoughts on the butcher paper that adorns the tables of the cafe.

Garfield Re-2 is seeking input around five big-picture questions that will guide the school district in the future. Those questions are: What makes your experience with Garfield Re-2 and your school positive/negative; What do you value in preparing our students for future success; What is/is not a good use of taxpayer money to develop future success of our students; How can Garfield Re-2 and the community work together to strengthen our relationships; What one thing could Garfield Re-2 do to make the greatest difference to the future of our communities?

“We’re excited about being in the community, at local restaurants, sharing coffee with folks and finding out their thoughts and their values around education,” Curtice said.

Last week, about 15 citizens came to the Whistle Pig and wrote their thoughts.

“If we can have a conversation with one Garfield Re-2 resident, the time is well spent,” added Curtice.

Samantha Young, owner of the Whistle Pig, welcomed the crew from Garfield Re-2.

“We are glad to support the community whenever we can. This is a great opportunity for the school district to find out what the community thinks,” she explained.

Information from the World Cafe events will be compiled, shared with the school board and used to guide future conversations around topics like community collaborations and graduation requirements.

Parents, community members, business leaders, and all Garfield Re-2 residents are welcome to share their thoughts and share some coffee — or tea.

Theresa Hamilton is the director of communications for Garfield School District Re-2. Email her at or call at 970-665-7621.

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