Craig education briefs for Feb. 14, 2015: Colorado Northwestern Community College staff and faculty recognized |

Craig education briefs for Feb. 14, 2015: Colorado Northwestern Community College staff and faculty recognized

Craig Daily Press Staff Report

— Three Colorado Northwestern Community College staff and faculty members were honored at a Colorado Community College System meeting in Denver this week.

Craig Campus Community Education and Public Information Director Mary Morris was recognized as CNCC’s staff member of the year.

“Morris has created a gamut of learning opportunities from students from age 4 to 95, from computers, quilting, art, and memoir writing to canine training,” a press release from CNCC said.

Also recognized were payroll technician Teresa LeBleu as CNCC classified employee of the year, and Craig campus history instructor David Johnson as Faculty of the Year.

Moffat County High School FBLA students shine in district competition

Members of Moffat County High School Future Business Leaders of America competed in the district competition at Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction Sunday and Monday. The following students placed:

• Aubrey Campbell: First place in Business Communication and 
second place in Team Management Decision Making.

• Conner Kopsa: First place 
in Healthcare Administration
 and fifth place in Help Desk.

• Katelyn Peroulis:
 Second place in Team Management Decision Making and 
second place in Business Calculations

• Hannah Beckett:
 Second place in Marketing Team
 and fifth place in Personal Finance.

• Makayla Thompson: 
Second place in Marketing Team

• Marisa Hulstine:
 Fourth place, Introduction to Business Communications

Campbell, Kopsa, Peroulis, Beckett and Thompson will all attend the state competition in April in Vail.

Connections 4 Kids fourth annual children’s art show wraps up Saturday

The Cherish the Little Things children’s art show is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday at The Center of Craig located at 601 Yampa Ave., including during downtown Craig’s annual ArtWalk from 5 to 8 p.m.

Hosted by Connections 4 Kids — the early childhood council of Moffat and Rio Blanco counties — the show will feature more than 300 pieces of art created by Moffat County youths in preschool through high school.

At the art show, community members may vote by their monetary donations on their favorite pieces among 20 finalists in preschool through fifth grade. The top vote-getter will be featured on the cover of the Connections 4 Kids calendar, which will feature important dates, activities and ideas for families and will be distributed throughout Moffat County. The next top 12 vote-getters will each be placed on their own month, while the seven runners-up will be featured in a tiled fashion on the final month of the school year calendar.

Prints of the 20 finalist art pieces, on high-quality 11-x-17-inch paper, will be available for sale for $15 each. Ornaments, which double as tabletop art, featuring miniature versions of the 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 finalist pieces on small easels will be for sale for $5 each.

Proceeds from art show sponsorships, finalist voting, prints and ornaments will support Connections 4 Kids’ projects in its four areas of focus: health; early learning; social, emotional and mental health; and family support and parent education.

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.

Local parents reminded to read to children

Moffat County parents are encouraged to participate in the reading streak challenge by reading aloud to their children every day in February.

This can be a chapter book, a picture book, a cookbook, even a menu — any time spent together with reading.

Each school will be handling recording of the challenge differently. Contact your child’s school for further information.

Homework help available through Boys & Girls Club

The Boys & Girls Club of Craig 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.

Imagination Library offers free books to young children

Connections 4 Kids in partnership with Moffat County Youth United Way offers free books to young children through Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. Any child from birth through their fifth birthday in Moffat and Rio Blanco counties is eligible to sign up.

Each child who joins the program will receive a free book in the mail each month, specially selected for their age and gender. The program is designed to encourage parents to read with their children. Doing so at an early age not only helps kids develop a love for reading, but also helps prepare them for success in school.

To sign up, either visit or pick up a registration form from the Moffat County Library or from Connections for Kids in the Center of Craig.

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