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Craig Education Briefs Sept. 6, 2014: Book signing with local author at story-time Thursday

Lauren Blair

Children's book author Darlene Suter, of Hamilton, will visit the Moffat County Public Library for a book signing during story-time at 10 and 11:30 a.m. Thursday. Suter is the author of "P.D. Cooper and his Rocky Mountain Adventures," based on her English Sheepdog, P.D. Cooper.

GED preparation offered at CNCC

ALAP, the learning center at CNCC, began GED preparation this week. 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 to assess their starting point. Call Donna Theimer at 970-824-1111 for information about the GED test, GED preparation or to schedule a GED pre-test.

Colorado Children's Campaign to present 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.

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Applications for free or reduced meal program and school fees due Sept. 19

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 approved increased funding for classroom and school safety

Legislators approved an additional $450 million for improvements in K-12 education during the 2014 legislative session. The resources mean that 5,000 more Colorado students will be able to attend preschool or full-day kindergarten, additional help will be available for students who have difficulty reading and improvements will be made to school safety, according to a Colorado State Senate Majority Office press release. Part of the funds helped to preserve the Safe2Tell program which allows students to report security threats anonymously, and has helped to prevent or intervene in more than 330 planned school attacks, 1,800 suicides and 2,700 bullying incidents, according to the Colorado Attorney General's Office. The funds also provide for additional school counselors.