Second annual track and field event needs support from community |

Second annual track and field event needs support from community

Fifty students participate in the inaugural Encourage-Nurture-Challenge Field Day at Rifle High School. The track and field event included significant support needs students from all Garfield School District Re-2 schools.
Kelley Cox |

Garfield School District Re-2 is looking for help as it gears up for a day of track and field for students in Re-2 elementary, middle, and high school significant support needs programs to participate. The second annual Field Day will take place on May 11.

The hope is to provide a safe environment for kids in the significant needs program (SSN), from kindergarten to high school, to step out and have the courage and confidence to try things they wouldn’t otherwise in a different setting.

“Our end goal is to build this into something close to the Special Olympics that continues to branch out each year by inviting new schools,” said A.J. McCathern, paraprofessional for Rifle Middle School. “Parents loved it and staff came out from other schools. This year we have a better idea of what we are doing.”

Currently the school district is seeking donations for May’s event with the donations going towards finances, food items, and swag bag items. The district is also looking for interaction with the community from local businesses as there will be an insurance company there donating bottled water. Other businesses are encouraged to donate if they are so inclined.

“Donations are the biggest thing we need,” McCathern explained. “No donation is too small. We’re a little more than hallway there.”

McCathern is seeking financial donations to help pay for travel to the event, shirts for each individual student and staff member participating, and awards for field day participants. The goal is to raise $2,000.

Donated food items will help support lunch for students, staff members, and parents that attend the event. The requested food items include hot dogs or hamburgers, chips, salad, fruit, water, sports drinks and paper and plastic wear (plates, napkins and paper towels, and plastic utensils).

McCathern hopes to continue the success of last year’s swag bag by once again offering it to participating kids. Swag bags will have water bottles, bags, and sunscreen.

“Our school community works hard to provide opportunities for our students to be healthy and live a physically active lifestyle,” she said. “Field Day will encourage students to improve their overall health and wellness by providing a variety of opportunities in team building, self-esteem, and physical activity.”

For those that would like to contribute to swag bag or food items please contact Kristy Slife at Rifle Middle School at 970-665-7651.

For those that who would like to contribute financial gifts, checks can be made out to “Garfield Re-2” with SSN Field Day in the memo line. Donations will be received through April 1, 2017.

Mail to:

Garfield School District Re-2

Attn: SSN Field Day

839 Whiteriver Ave.

Rifle, CO 81650

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