Education briefs for June 28, 2014: Summer reading program underway
The Moffat County Libraries’ summer reading program will run through August 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 storytimes 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., with the exception of Monday to Friday and Aug. 18 to 22.
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 also are available, as is the new feature, Education Imagination, classes on subjects like art and science, that have limited registration and a $10 fee for materials, with sessions July 7 to 10 and July 14 to 17.
Breakfast, lunch and snacks also are available and are 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.
Scholarship applications open to Colorado students
Credit Union of Colorado Foundation recently announced it is seeking applicants for its newly introduced college scholarship program. The credit union will provide $5,000 annual scholarships for up to four years to six students.
The deadline to apply for this is July 18.
To be eligible, students must be Colorado residents enrolled in, or scheduled to enter, an accredited college or university, taking at least 12 credit hours as an undergraduate. Students must have maintained a minimum 3.0 GPA in high school or during the previous 12 months as a college undergraduate. Applicants should be demonstrably active in providing community service at school or in the community.
Scholarship renewals are not automatic, and students must reapply each year.
For more information, contact Erin Towey at 800-444-4816, ext.71413, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Denver to host national educators meeting
Nearly 9,000 educators from every state will come together to address the pressing issues facing schools, students, and the teaching profession during the National Education Association’s 152nd Annual Meeting and 93rd Representative Assembly through July 6 at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver.
The assembly is the top decision-making body for the nearly 3 million-member NEA, according to a press release from the organization, and it sets Association policy for the coming year.
This is the first time the NEA convention has been held in Denver since 1962. The theme for this year is “NEA: We Educate America.”
Among the events are “Action Now: Unleashing the Power of Diversity,” as part of the Joint Conference on Concerns of Minorities and Women; “Outreach to Teach,” a community service project; a read-in at Denver Public Library as part of NEA’s Read Across America program; and more activities.
For more information, visit http://www.nea.org/annualmeeting.
Colorado treats marijuana taxes like ‘a piggy bank,’ but top lawmakers want to limit spending to two areas
The complaints from constituents and policy advocates are aimed at the Marijuana Tax Cash Fund, a depository for about half of the $272 million the state is expected to generate this fiscal year from marijuana-related taxes. The legislature has guidelines for how the money should be spent, but lawmakers can use it for just about anything they want. And in practice, they do, splitting the money among dozens of different programs, across more than a dozen state agencies.