Singing and celebrating in Rifle’s Centennial Park |

Singing and celebrating in Rifle’s Centennial Park

From left, Aiden Ochoa, Jeremiah Parra, Santiago Garcia (yellow shirt) and Ira Faraoni have fun while singing a song they learned in the Preschool on Wheels program during the summer celebration at Rifle’s Centennial Park on Thursday, June 26.
Mike McKibbin/The Citizen Telegram |

Hundreds of preschool students, their families and friends, gathered in Rifle’s Centennial Park on Thursday, June 26, to celebrate the students completion of the Preschool on Wheels program.

“Gus the Bus” and “The Sunshine Bus” are retrofitted school buses, equipped with learning centers that help children develop skills necessary to be successful in kindergarten and become life-long learners. Each week of the school year, Gus and Sunshine visit eight neighborhoods in Rifle, Silt and New Castle, where four early childhood teachers provide a literacy-rich educational experience to children and support families with training and resources so they can be actively engaged in their child’s learning.

The program is a partnership project between the Aspen Community Foundation and Garfield School District Re-2.

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