Education Briefs: Constitution Week events set to begin Sunday |

Education Briefs: Constitution Week events set to begin Sunday

Ann Dodd from the Augusta Wallihan Chapter of the National Daughters of the American Revolution presents a proclamation asking the Moffat County Commissioners to declare Sept. 17 to Sept. 23 Constitution Week. Pictured: Ann Dodd, seated front, Moffat County Clerk and Recorder Lila Herod, left, and Moffat County Commissioners, from left, Frank Moe, Don Cook and Ray Beck.
Sasha Nelson

The 230th anniversary of the drafting of the United State constitution is Sunday, Sept. 17. The Augusta Wallihan Chapter of the National Daughters of the American Revolution is leading local celebrations.

On Tuesday, the Craig City Council and Moffat County Board of County Commissioners both proclaimed Sept. 17 to Sept. 23 as Constitution Week.

“It is fitting and proper to accord official recognition to this magnificent document and its memorable anniversary and to the patriotic celebrations which will commemorate the occasion,” the proclamation reads.
Every year, the president of the United States also issues a Constitution Week proclamation.

Local events include b
ell ringing at 2 p.m. Sunday, during which time bells will ring across the community for 15 minutes to mark the start of Constitution week.
On Monday, Sept. 18, DAR volunteers will present special Constitution lessons at Calvary Baptist School and Eagle’s Preschool on Monday, Sept. 18. DAR volunteers will also give presentations about the Constitution at area primary schools Tuesday, Sept. 19.
The Making of America program originally scheduled for Saturday has been canceled.

Hayden Homecoming Sept. 18 to Sept. 22
The town of Hayden will celebrate homecoming with window painting starting Monday. Following are the event highlights.
• On Wednesday, Sept. 20, Pasta Palooza will be held beginning at 6 p.m. in the lobby of the high school. Unlimited pasta, drinks, salad and desserts will be served for $5 per person.
• The Powder Puff Football Game starts at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 21 at the Hayden High School football field and will be followed by a bonfire.
• A main street parade will march through downtown Hayden starting at 1 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 22 and will be followed by a pep-rally at the high school football field.
• Hayden Tigers Volleyball square-off against Caprock Academy starting at 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 22.
• Hayden Tigers Football team will face Miami Yoder at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 22.
• Hayden High School students are invited to dress up following a different theme each day of the week.
• The homecoming dance will be held in the lobby of the high school from 9 p.m. to midnight Saturday, Sept. 23. The dance marks the end of homecoming week.
For more information, call Hayden High School at 970-276-3761.

Help choose next college system president Tuesday
Residents are invited to weigh-in on the Colorado Community College System presidential search. Current CCCS President Nancy McCallin and Russell Meyer, board chair for the State Board of Community Colleges and Occupational Education, will be in Northwest Colorado for two community forums.
The forum in Rangely will start at 10:45 p.m. in the Weiss Conference Room at 500 Kennedy Drive, Rangely.
The forum in Craig will start at 2:45 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 19 in the Library at the Craig Campus, 2801 W. Ninth St.    Participants will have an opportunity to share what they believe are the most important priorities for CCCS and the colleges, as well as provide input about strengths, experiences and attributes they would like to see in a future system president. Submit comments to
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For more information about the Rangely campus forum call Becky Dubbert at 970-657-3301.
For more information about the Craig campus forum, call Brian MacKenzie at 970-824-1129.

Family Bingo Night scheduled for Wednesday
Connections 4 Kids is committed to bringing families with young children together in positive, one-on-one activities. Spend an evening with your child by enjoying a game of bingo. Snacks, beverages and prizes will be provided. The free event starts at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 20. at the Center of Craig, 601 Yampa Ave. For more information, call Trish Snyder or  Betsy Overton at 970-824-1081.

Coal Creek School restoration celebration planned

Rio Blanco County Historical Society and MM-Eight Construction will celebrate the restoration of the Coal Creek School from 1 to 4 p.m. Sept. 23 at the school, 617 Moffat County Road 6, Meeker.

The school is on the National Register of Historic Places, the Colorado Register of Historic Properties and the Rio Blanco County Preservation Register. It will be used as an educational forum for everyone (but especially school children) highlighting the importance rural schools played in the development of Colorado. It can also be used for small events.

Enjoy a free barbecue lunch, music and memories with family, friends and people of all ages. The event is free to attend, but guests are encouraged to bring  a dessert to share. Park only in designated areas. Shuttles will take guests  to the school.
For more information about the event or the Coal Creek School, call the Rio Blanco County Historical Society at 970-878-9982.

CCHE releases plan to boost attainment
The Colorado Commission on Higher Education on Tuesday released a statewide plan to increase postsecondary attainment.
“Colorado Rises: Advancing Education and Talent Development” sets a statewide goal of 66-percent credential attainment by 2025, including certificates and both two- and four-year degrees. To reach this mark, CCHE has laid out four strategies for Colorado’s higher education institutions: increase credential completion, erase equity gaps, improve student success and invest in affordability and innovation.
With a rapidly changing economy, experts estimate the demand for college-educated adults in Colorado is the fifth highest in the nation. Research from the Georgetown Center on Education and the Workforce shows that, by 2020, nearly 75 percent of jobs in Colorado will require education beyond high school, yet only 55-percent of the adult population in Colorado has a degree or certificate.
“Our goal is clear and more important than ever. We must expand access to quality credentials to ensure that more Colorado residents have the skills, training and knowledge they need to succeed in the jobs of today and the future,” said Dr. Kim Hunter Reed, executive director of CDHE. “Critical to this work is our focus on erasing equity gaps, which is essential to expanding opportunity.”
The plan emphasizes closing equity gaps among minority and white groups as a key strategy to boost postsecondary attainment. The share of Colorado’s white majority population who have earned a credential is more than twice that of Hispanics and Latinos and about 1.5 times the share of African Americans. In fact, the gap between whites and Hispanics is the second largest in the nation, narrowly trailing California’s.  
“Colorado is a state that has proven its commitment to success for all students, and we’re proud to partner with them,” said Scott Jenkins, a strategy director at Lumina Foundation. “The objective of Lumina Foundation’s Talent Innovation Equity partnership with states like Colorado is to demonstrate that educational attainment gaps among students of color can be closed.”
Available online, Colorado Rises reaffirms goals set forth in the previous master plan released in 2012. Using institution data, CDHE is developing a dashboard to track progress on goals and metrics that will debut in the coming months.

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