Education briefs for Aug. 30, 2014: Homework help available through Boys & Girls Club

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The Boys & Girls Club of Northwest Colorado offers homework help from 4 to 5 p.m. every Monday through Friday at the Craig Club. The club serves youth ages 6 to 14 with after-school programming throughout the school year as well as during the summer. Program Director Kari Neuman and Junior Staff Derek Sussemeier provide tutoring in all subject areas, and Neuman works with Moffat County School District to cater specifically to the curriculum being taught. The club also offers educational games to supplement regular schoolwork and can provide additional materials to students challenged in certain subjects.

For questions or more information, contact Kari Neuman at 970-826-0411.

Free or reduced meal program and school fees available to qualifying households

Households that qualify for free or reduced meals may also qualify for free or reduced book fees, class fees, sport and athletic fees and drivers education fees. In order to be considered for free or reduced fees, an approved meal application form must be on file prior to Sept. 19. Qualification for free or reduced sports and athletic fees must be identified before participation in any sport, and fees will not be waived after the sport or athletic program has begun.

Households whose circumstances change during the school year may apply after Sept. 19, however fees for programs will not be waived prior to the date of approval on the application form.

Contact Karma Willbanks in the Food Service Department at 970-824-2160 to request an application.

Colorado legislature staves off hefty tuition hikes

A bipartisan group of Colorado legislators approved the College Affordability Act during the 2014 legislative session, which directs an additional $100 million to public colleges with $40 million going to financial aid, according to a press release from the Colorado State Senate Majority Office.

The bill reduced the increase in tuition rates, which was projected to be 9 percent or more at many of Colorado’s public universities and colleges, and which have increased at an average annual rate of 10 percent over the last five years. Every school received an 11 percent increase in operating funding from the state, according to the release, and no school increased tuition by more than six percent.

“Our goal is to make sure college is accessible to Coloradans from all economic backgrounds, not just those in the top one-percent,” said Sen. Andy Kerr, D-Lakewood, co-sponsor of the College Affordability Act. “An affordable college education provides opportunity, and keeps the enterprising spirit alive and well in Colorado.”

Tutoring available to high school students

Moffat County High School students in need of a little extra help in the subjects of English, math and science are eligible to receive free tutoring at Colorado Northwestern Community College.

Sessions take place from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. Mondays for math and science and at the same time Tuesdays for English and essay-writing in CNCC’s Room 120.

Students must bring all the necessary assignments and materials.

For more information, call 970-824-1128 or contact Sheila Harper at sheila.harper@cncc.edu.

Colorado Children’s Campaign to present on Kids Count report

A representative from the Colorado Children’s Campaign will visit Moffat County to present the 2014 Kids Count in Colorado report from 8 to 9:30 a.m. Sept. 23 at the Clarion Inn. The event is co-sponsored by Connections 4 Kids and will include breakfast.

“‘KIDS COUNT in Colorado!’ is an annual publication of the Children’s Campaign, providing state- and county-level data on child well-being factors including child health, education and economic status,” said the Colorado Children’s Campaign event invitation.

The data provided in the report is used by lawmakers, community leaders and child advocates to inform policy decisions and community discussions on issues impacting kids, according to the invitation.

All are welcome. RSVP to Betsy Overton at 970-824-1081 or boverton@moffatcounty.net by Sept. 19.

No school Monday

Moffat County School District revamps website

Moffat County School District recently unveiled its newly designed website at moffatsd.org.

The site, which is still in continuing development, contains a great deal of visual flair, provides a hub for the sites of each individual school in MCSD and offers an improved forum for district announcements.

The district also recently released its annual newsletter with important information about the 2014-15 school year, which can be viewed on the site.

GED preparation now offered

ALAP, the learning center at CNCC, is starting GED preparation after Labor Day. The preparation class costs $25 for the semester, with an additional charge for the math preparation. Students need to take a free pre-test before signing up for the class so we can see where you are. Call Donna Theimer at 970-824-1111 for information about the GED test, GED preparation, or to schedule a GED pre-test.

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