RAD completes second year

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This is the last week of climbing, stitching, fire fighting and dancing for Craig Intermediate School students.

The final RAD After School Doorway classes of the year for CIS students are this week.

More than 150 CIS students participated this semester in the program created to keep local children out of trouble those few hours after school before parents get home from work.

The program was first started last school year.

Two new classes this year included hunter education and "Bridging the Gap."

In hunter education, students completed the Division of Wildlife hunter safety course and earned hunter safety cards.

Firearm safety training, which included a trip to the shooting range, was provided.

In "Bridging the Gap," local Girl Scouts sponsored a program in which a four-week aerospace class was provided to local girls.

The classes included hands-on activities, such as making paper airplanes and kites. A pilot guest speaker also visited the students and told them what it was like to fly and be a pilot.

Other classes provided this semester, which have been taught in the past, included music, Spanish, rock climbing, dancing, cross-stitching and games.

Tutors also were on hand to help students with their schoolwork Monday through Thursday after school.

Volunteers from the community and schools taught the after school classes and tutored the students.

"We want to provide something for students that is fun and educational at the same time," said Tysha Ross, activities coordinator for RAD. "Most of the kids seem to enjoy it and a lot of parents are glad we do it because it really helps them."

When the program was implemented last school year, it was offered to CIS students.

For the first semester this year, the reach of the program was expanded to Craig Middle School students.

So far this semester, only classes have been offered at CIS, but next month programs will be offered to CMS students until school is out for the summer.

A RAD advisory council has been formed at CMS so students can provide input on what they would like to see offered next year.

At 6 p.m. Friday, a picnic will be held at Loudy Simpson Park in Craig to recognize local volunteers who made the program possible the past year and a half.

Ten Moffat County High School seniors, who have helped with the program the last two years, also will be recognized.

Josh Nichols can be reached at 824-7031 or jnichols@craigdailypress.com.

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