Craig education briefs for March 28, 2015: Moffat County High School uses prize money from Celebrate My Drive competition | CraigDailyPress.com

Craig education briefs for March 28, 2015: Moffat County High School uses prize money from Celebrate My Drive competition

Craig Daily Press Staff Report

— Moffat County won $25,000 through State Farm's Celebrate My Drive competition in October, and has recently announced how it will allocate the money.

An eight-person student committee plus selected teachers, administrators and a parent were involved in deciding how to use the funds. Ten percent ($2,500) of the prize money was required to fund safe driving initiatives, such as student scholarships for driver's education. The committee chose to allocate the remaining $22,500 to five selected categories, as follows:

1) Culture and community — $6,500

Installed two new water fountains and water bottle dispensers in the cafeteria and weight room; upgrades to first and second-floor restrooms; student body t-shirts for 2015-16; and advertising for the 2015 Celebrate My Drive campaign.

2) Academics — $4,000

Purchase 60 paperback books for freshman English classes so students do not have to share; fund 50 percent of two academic field trips; purchased 10 compound bows for use by wildlife class and other clubs; fund tech equipment for computer programming and robotics class; and purchase Mobi version smart board for class instruction.

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3) Band — $4,000

Fund equipment repairs, updates and rentals for several years.

4) Auditorium and gym technology needs — $4,000

Purchase new microphone for auditorium and reallocate current wireless microphone to gym; install two lighting rigs with effects to be utilized in both school and community productions.

5) Athletics — $4,000

Purchase a new rack system to begin updating weight room for use by all physical education classes and athletics teams.

"Thanks to the community for all the support and making online commitments to safe driving," MCHS Principal Kelly McCormick said in a press release. "We also would like to thank Bob Johnson, his staff and State Farm. With out them none of this would have been possible. We look forward to next years campaign and winning $100,000 with your continued support."

Passport to Reading total continues to climb

Elementary students participating in the Passport to Reading program have read a total of 4,119 books as of Monday, compared to only 1,950 in the beginning of February.

The program launched for fourth- and fifth-graders in October and will conclude with a barbecue May 20 at Loudy Simpson Park for all students who collect 20 stamps or more, along with prizes for the top readers.

The program is designed to help foster a love of reading while encouraging young students to explore different literary genres. The passport booklets include pages for at least 22 different genres, such as poetry, Colorado history and science fiction. Students receive a stamp for each book they read after completing a short comprehension test or write-up about the book.

Free or reduced price meals 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. 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 at any time, 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.

Moffat County High School seeks receipts for fundraiser

Local residents can help with the issue of school funding as Moffat County High School raises money in the weeks to come.

MCHS is participating in the AmeriGas School Days Program, and people can bring in their receipts from propane to join in the effort. For every gallon of gas accounted for, the company will donate two cents to the school in question.

The tally adds up fast, and last May, AmeriGas awarded nearly $2,000 to MCHS.

Receipts can be turned in at the school to Stephanie Ahlstrom, athletics secretary.

For more information, call 970-824-7036 or 970-824-4221.

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