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Maybell school gets $1,000 grant

Bridget Manley

Maybell Elementary School recently received a $1,000 grant from Pioneer Natural Resources, which the school will use to purchase computer tables. Maybell Elementary students, pictured above, will use the tables, as will Maybell senior citizens enrolled in a computer class offered by the Colorado Northwestern Community College's Aging Well program. Maybell Elementary students, front row, left to right: Katelynn Turner, Hope Stephenson, Brandon Calim-Nottingham, Dylan Hicks. Back row, left to right: Becky Williamson, Joshua Turner, Noah Gowdy, Sheyanne Howe, and Drake Doherty.

A recent grant could benefit both young and old in Maybell.

Pioneer Natural Resources, an energy production and exploration company that has several operations on the Western Slope, granted $1,000 to Maybell Elementary School to purchase computer tables.

Maybell Elementary, part of the Moffat County School District, has nine students in kindergarten through fourth grades this year. The school plans to buy enough tables to hold six computers, Maybell Elementary teacher Rhonda Willingham said.

The grant is a leg up for the elementary school,

Purchases also will benefit Maybell’s senior citizens, who use the school’s facilities for two computer classes.

Colorado Northwestern Community College’s Aging Well program offers basic and advanced sections of its Maybell Computers program.

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“The seniors just absolutely love” the classes, Willingham said.

The computer classes have been offered in Maybell for three years.

“We just want to help our seniors to use computers to communicate with each other and to make their life easier,” said Mary Morris, CNCC Craig campus director of community education.

Computer skills become more important as rising fuel costs increases the “isolation factor” for senior citizens, Morris said.

The Maybell Computers program is scheduled to begin Thursday and will continue every Thursday until Oct. 9. A section for beginners takes place from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., while advanced classes are scheduled from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Both sections take place at Maybell Elementary School.

The two sections can be combined if the enrollment in one drops below CNCC requirements.

Morris said she was “quite certain” there would be enough enrollment to hold at least one session of the class this fall.

Basic and advanced computer classes for seniors have already begun at CNCC’s Craig campus. Another class, “Senior Computers: Internet Shopping and More,” is scheduled to start Oct. 1 at the Craig campus.

For more

Enrollment still available

in Aging Well program

Colorado Northwestern Community College has slots still open in its beginner and advanced Maybell Computers classes. Classes begin Thursday at Maybell Elementary School. Tuition is free for Moffat County residents ages 62 and older. For more information or to enroll, call Mary Morris at 824-1135.