Education briefs for July 19, 2014: Host families needed for global exchange program | CraigDailyPress.com

Education briefs for July 19, 2014: Host families needed for global exchange program

Visiting students ages 15 to 18 from countries around the world — including Germany, Spain, Switzerland and Thailand — are seeking host families in and around Craig for the upcoming 2014-15 academic school year for the fall semester as well as the full school year.

According to a press release from International Experience-USA, host families can consist of any type of familial structure and serve as mentors and a home base for their student. Visiting students participate as active members of the family and integrate into their host's daily routines and traditions just like any other family member.

Hosting an international student allows people to explore a new culture and promote a sense of lifelong learning and adventure.

iE-USA, the sponsoring program, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting education and understanding through intercultural and academic exchange, certified by the Council on Standards for International Educational Travel and strictly adheres to all U.S. Department of State Student Exchange Program regulations and guidelines.

Exchange student participants undergo an extensive application and orientation process in their home country prior to being accepted into iE-USA's program. Each student is responsible for their own spending money and full health insurance coverage.


Host families may review prospective student profiles online at http://www.ie-usa.org. Families interested in hosting this year must apply by Aug. 15.

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For more information, contact Colorado representative Katie Robinson at 512-538-8080 or at k.robinson@international-experience.net.

Summer reading program underway

The Moffat County Libraries’ summer reading program will run through Aug. 9. There are numerous prizes and drawings involved for participants in the free event.

Youth Club for ages 8 and older will be from 3 to 4 p.m. Wednesdays, with story-times at 10 and 11 a.m. Thursdays in Craig. Weekly programs known as Boredom Busters also will be available.

The program is available at the Craig, Maybell and Dinosaur branches, though not all features will be at each location.

For more information, call Craig at 970-824-5116, Maybell at 970-272-9919 or Dinosaur at 970-374-2700.

Boys & Girls Club offering summer fun for all ages

Boys & Girls Club of Craig is featuring multiple activities during the summer. The building is open for members every weekday from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Aug. 15.

Regular daily events include outdoor excursions such as bike rides, rollerblading, tennis and swimming at Craig City Pool, as well as the array of things for kids to do already at the club.

Programs such as 4-H arts and crafts and Torch Club for those wanting to volunteer in the community are also available.

Breakfast, lunch and snacks are also available and free of charge.

Those entering middle school grades in the fall also can participate in the free Thursday Thrills series from 6 to 8 p.m. each week, with events either at the club or locations like the pool or Thunder Rolls Bowling Center.

Membership costs $1 per hour in the summer in addition to the annual dues. The organization offers scholarships for families with financial difficulties.

For more information, call 970-826-0411 or visit http://www.bgcnwc.org.