RAD offers new opportunities

Last semester, Craig Intermediate School students were given the opportunity to learn new skills and explore new ideas in a new after-school program.

This semester, the Recreational After School Doorway program (RAD) is back, offering students additional programs in which they can enroll.

In addition to bowling, guitar lessons and sign language classes, students will also have the opportunity to learn a foreign language, create art, take pictures and learn about journalism.

RAD coordinator Dianne Gould, said the classes are taught by volunteers representing local businesses, clubs and organizations.

Twenty-two different classes will be offered this semester, up from 17 last semester, and that is after having to turn some volunteers away, Gould said.

"I've had several people come up to me and want to do something. It's been very easy finding enough people to volunteer," she said. "I could have had a lot more classes."

The RAD program is possible due to a grant from Colorado Trust, and recently received a $4,000 grant from the Yampa Valley Community Foundation.

RAD offers after school activities for CIS students from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

Activity booklets were distributed today at CIS listing activities available to students this semester.

Students sign up for what classes they want to enroll in, and will be notified of what classes they are in the week before the program begins, which is on Feb. 2.

In addition to the new classes being offered, Gould said another change this semester is that classes will be split into two six weeks sessions, instead of one 12-week class.

"Twelve weeks seemed to be too long for some students and instructors," Gould said. "Now after six weeks, students will be in new classes and will get to learn new ideas."

Kent Nielson, director of the Moffat County Grand Futures Prevention Coalition, is teaching a leadership course for the RAD program.

The RAD program serves two purposes, he said.

It offers students an alternative after-school activity, and teaches them new skills.

"I feel this is a much needed program for kids in this school district," he said. "It fills that void during the two-hour afterschool time slot."

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