Education briefs: Calvary Baptist School to host Bike-a-thon

— Calvary Baptist School will host its Bike-a-thon fundraiser at noon Friday in the parking lot of Calvary Baptist Church, 1050 Yampa Ave.

The school’s students are collecting pledges from family, friends, parishioners and other community members for the event, during which they will pedal their bicycles in laps throughout the day. The more laps they complete, the more money they collect.

This is the third year the school has put on the fundraiser, with money this year going to the philanthropic effort BLESS — Basic Literary Education Saving Souls. BLESS works with children in Africa, India, the Philippines and other similar areas, building learning centers that teach reading and math and provide information about Christianity.

“The kids love knowing that they’re helping kids in other countries,” Calvary Administrator Jamie Tipton said.

For more information about pledging for the Bike-a-thon, call 970-824-3111.

Parenting classes launch Oct. 1 in Craig

Moffat County Department of Social Services and Connections 4 Kids, the early childhood council serving Moffat and Rio Blanco counties, are offering Parenting the Love and Logic Way beginning Oct. 1 in Craig. Love and Logic is a philosophy founded in 1977 by Jim Fay and Foster W. Cline, M.D. Love and Logic provides simple and practical techniques to help parents with kids of all ages raise responsible kids, have more fun in their role and easily and immediately change their children’s behavior.

Charity Reiser and Michelle Balleck will facilitate the six-week class, which will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays from Oct. 1 through Nov. 5 at the Center of Craig, 601 Yampa Ave. There will be an optional presentation of “Keys to Helping Kids Cope with Divorce” on Nov. 12.

The class is offered free of charge to parents and educators of children of all ages. Educators who attend the class can receive continuing education hours. Complimentary refreshments and on-site child care also are available.

Participants are asked to register by Tuesday in order for organizers to gather enough materials.

For more information about the Parenting the Love and Logic Way course in Craig or to register, call Michelle Balleck at 970-824-1081 or email her at mballeck@moffatcounty.net.

Banned Books Week starts Sunday

Celebrate your freedom to read from Sunday through Sept. 28 as part of Banned Books Week, a nationwide incentive to highlight issues in literacy, primarily censorship of books for any reason.

Sponsored by the American Library Association and many other groups, the event shines a light on books that are challenged and protested for their inclusion in libraries, sometimes even pulled from shelves if opposition is strong enough. Initiatives to remove certain books from libraries have been started across the country by children and adults alike, and the reasons for banning books include racism, vulgarity, violence and “inappropriate for an age group,” to name a few.

Among the notable books and stories that caused an uproar from May 2012 to May 2013 were Orson Scott Card’s “Ender’s Game,” Maragaret Atwood’s “The Handmaid’s Tale,” Toni Morrison’s “Beloved,” E.L. James’ “Fifty Shades of Grey,” Khaled Hosseini’s “The Kite Runner” and an adapted version of Shakespeare’s “Romeo & Juliet.” Graphic novels and comic books were not immune, with Herge’s “Tintin in the Congo” and Marjane Satrapi’s “Persepolis” also making the list.

The top banned books from 2000 to 2009 were the installments of J.K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter” series. Classics that continue to be challenged decades after their initial publication include Mark Twain’s “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,” John Steinbeck’s “Of Mice and Men” and Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird.”

For more information about Banned Books Week, visit www.ala.org/bbooks or www.bannedbooksweek.org.

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