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‘Penny War’ winners named as Rifle Creek Museum opens

The kindergarten class at Graham Mesa Elementary School, taught by Sarah Brusig, raised the most money in a recent “Penny Wars” fundraiser for the Rifle Creek Museum. Bottom row, from left: Camden Kerns, Elle Garcia, Abby Barbata, Chelsy De Leon, Elizabeth Sowell, Fernando Moya, Abygail Rader. Middle row: Tatyana Martinez, Journey Watson, Ryker Fitzgerald, Aaron Walden, Arath Lopez, Riley Jameson. Top row: (left) Navi Tafoya, Arianna Brown, Violet Reeves, David Rebolorio-Quintas, Cody Leuallen, Giovanni Parker, Kyto Covington, Ivan Solorzano. Teachers, top row: Ms. Sarah Brusig, Becky Mall, Mrs. Heather Grumley. Not pictured: Lillian Orozco-Cruz, Gage Richardson, Elias Apodaca, Yaquelin Sotelo-Valencia.
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In February, we had a suggestion to the board of the Rifle Creek Museum to hold a “Penny War” as a fundraiser for the museum. Jake and Becky Mall of the Rifle Dawgs, a local group and a friend of the museum, wanted to ask Graham Mesa Elementary School if they would like to help. They agreed and began the penny war in the second week of April.

We were so thrilled last week when we collected the jars of coins and found the kids had raised $1,040.25! The class that raised the most money, Sarah Brusig’s half-day kindergarten class, will get a trip to the museum with a private tour and a pizza party. We were so surprised that they raised $186.05. I hear the parents were very involved and helped teach their children how to give to others and pay it forward.

The following teachers and classes at Graham Mesa contributed: Eunnyung Davis, Tyler Cronkite, Melissa Reed, Matt Morton, Lorena Trejo, Keri Johnson, Sara Larson, Jenny Fideldy, Margaret Hesse, Pam Zollars, Sarah Brusig, Britnee Hinman, Maggie Brooks, Kristen Yankoviak, Charlotte Petaisto, Anne Dakin, Kelly Bina and Lauren Zabawa.

We want to send out a huge thank you to the staff and students of Graham Mesa for all their help and support.

The Rifle Creek Museum, 337 East Ave., will open for the summer on Thursday, May 15. Hours will be Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and closed Sundays and Mondays. For more information, call 625-4862.

We are all thrilled with the face-lift on the entryway and a new research room. Please come by and enjoy the history of Rifle.

We are also looking for young and old willing to volunteer some time conducting tours of the museum for a few hours or a day each month, which would make a big difference paying it forward.

Residents of Rifle, we need to love and honor our history so our children will also appreciate it and carry on our legacy. I encourage anyone who does not own a copy of the “Rifle Shots” book, the history of Rifle, to purchase one. They are for sale at the museum and various locations in Rifle, Parachute and Glenwood Springs. We are also going to be at the Rifle Farmers Market this summer, where will have various books, new postcards and 5×7 and 8×10 photos of the history of Rifle. Come check us out!

Becky Mall


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