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Readers say thanks

Rifle Middle School student, Natalie Galicia, was one of fifty participants to compete in the inaugural Encourage-Nurture-Challenge Field Day at Rifle High School on Thursday. The track and field event included significant support needs students from all Garfield School District Re-2 schools.
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Inaugural Re-2 field day a success

May 12 was one for the Garfield Re-2 school district’s history books. On this day, the district held the first ever Encourage-Nurture-Challenge (ENC) field day event, which took place on the track and field of Rifle High School.

Participating in the events and games were students from Rifle High School, Riverside and Rifle middle schools, and Elk Creek, Graham Mesa and Highland elementary schools. Everyone involved, from students to parents and family to teachers, paraprofessionals, faculty and staff had only positive things to say about this first-ever event in Garfield County.

Teacher Stephanie Crowell said, “this event was amazing and by far one of the highlights of my teaching career.”

The idea for the event was the brainchild of Rifle Middle School teacher, Kristy Slife. That spark was fanned to flame by a generous outpouring of support from businesses around Garfield County and beyond.

Every aspect and financial expense of the field day event was covered by big-hearted individuals and businesses from the community. Shirts, food and drink, sports equipment, swag bags stuffed full of goodies, construction supplies, games, prizes, an event banner, awards, and a trophy were all things which would not have been available without this community.

“I want to say ‘thank you’ to the businesses and community members for investing in the lives of students through Garfield Re-2’s (inaugural) Encourage-Nurture-Challenge Field Day. It truly takes a community, like ours, to wrap their arms around our students to see a field day as special as this be such a success,” said Slife.

ENC offered a variety of track and field events, such as relay and hurdle races, 50 to 400 meter dashes, javelin throwing and a long jump. Also included were a variety of games and activities for the younger students, face painting, an obstacle course, and open races which allowed family members and teaching staff to participate alongside the student athletes.

All of this, along with beautiful Colorado weather, made it a wonderful day for everyone in attendance. The focus now turns to the 2017 Encourage-Nurture-Challenge event and perhaps extending the athlete invites to schools beyond the Garfield Re-2 district.

Garfield Re-2 school district would like to thank the following people and businesses for their support: Elder Trucking, Citadel Security, WingNutz, MicroPlastics, Valley Lumber, eLogic, Advanced Auto & Truck Repair, Verity Amato, Kip Costanzo, Kristin Podonsky, City Market, Fred’s Hardware, Lowe’s, King Homes, Dave Ebeler, Mountain High Paint, 625-WATER, Moo’s Place, Sweet Coloradough, The Lost Cajun, Chili’s, Sonic, Russo’s Pizza, Grind Burgers, Glenwood Hot Springs, Wal-Mart, Western Rockies Credit Union, Rifle Citizen Telegram, Meadow Gold, Glenwood Springs Rec Center, Garfield County Sheriff’s Department, Grand River Health, Valley View Hospital, Clark Loter Farmer’s Insurance, Rocky Mountain Liquors, Choice Liquor, Jean’s Printing, A Finer Stitch Shoppe, Stigma Candles, Frito Lay, Misty’s Coffee Shop, Rifle Connected, Farm Fresh Café and Earth County Productions.

AJ McCathern

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