Craig Education Briefs for Feb. 7, 2015: Moffat County School District hosting financial meeting |

Craig Education Briefs for Feb. 7, 2015: Moffat County School District hosting financial meeting

Moffat County School District will hold a public meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Moffat County High School auditorium, 900 Finley Lane.

The purpose of the meeting is for the MCSD Board of Education to seek public input about the financial situation coming in the 2015-16 school year.

“To establish the future of our district regarding the budget, we will be entertaining public comment that evening,” Board President J.B. Chapman said. “We want to hear from staff, we want to hear from taxpayers, we want to hear from everybody. Finalized decisions will not be made, we will just be having discussion.”

Booster Club hosting cheer team

Moffat County Booster Club invites girls kindergarten through fifth-grade to participate in the third annual Mini-Cheer Squad/Dance Team performance next week.

Practices will take place from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Monday and Wednesday in the Moffat County High School cafeteria, and the team will perform during the boys varsity basketball games Feb. 13 and 14.

Registration will be available at 5 p.m. Monday at MCHS. The cost is $10 per dancer and will benefit Booster Club’s work with school activities and athletics.

For more information, call Keri Hamilton at 970-629-3628 or 970-826-4468.

Passport to Reading seeing positive results at midpoint

Moffat County School District’s Passport to Reading program is now more than halfway over, with students logging a total of 1,950 books read so far.

The program launched for fourth- and fifth-graders in October and will conclude in May with a barbecue for all participating students who collect 20 stamps or more, and 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.

“It’s going real good and all the students, the ones that are participating, are loving it and taking it by storm,” said program coordinator and Moffat County High School librarian Joe Padon.

Padon said he expects to see the numbers skyrocket in March and April, as students near the deadline to get their 20 stamps in order to attend the barbecue.

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.

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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