First day of school festivities planned

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Organizers of the "First Day of School" program hope they are spreading the message.

In its third year, First Day of School 2000 will stimulate support from parents in their child's education. Parents of children in kindergarten through sixth grade are asked to accompany their children to their first day of school.

"First Day of School 2000 is a community show of support for education in Moffat County and the hard work and dedication students must demonstrate to be successful from kindergarten to college," the Memorial Hospital (TMH) Community Relations Director Heather Houseworth said.

TMH, Community Wellness Team, Colorado Northwestern Community College (CNCC) and the Craig Daily Press have collaborated to sponsor and support the event on Aug. 28, the first day of school in Moffat County.

"It is a very simple idea. All we ask is that parents support their children by taking them to school. It is the idea of celebrating and supporting the first day of school," Chris Trujillo of the Community Wellness Team said.

Taking your child to school the first day of class shows support of your child as well as your community.

"This is a formal way to say we support our children and their educational achievements," Mary Morris, CNCC public information officer, said, "and hopefully, it will encourage the entire community to achieve goals."

Organizers believe bringing your child to school that first day can result in long-term, positive habits. It will work into "the whole educational process and help in academic success," Morris said.

Besides the obvious emotional strength in the program, parents and children participating in the First Day of School 2000 will receive stickers and drink coupons at area restaurants. Organizers have also sent letters to area businesses. The stickers, if shown at participating Craig merchants, will be worth 10 percent off participating store items.

"Every person that takes a child to school will receive a sticker so they can be recognized all day long for their caring efforts," Houseworth said.

In addition, organizers hope businesses will be lenient on employees wishing to participate in their child's educational well-being as well.

"We are asking businesses to allow their employees to be a little late on Monday so they have the opportunity to be a part of this special day," Houseworth said.

So bring your child to school Aug. 28 you'll be glad you did.

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