Moffat County educators welcomed back with supplies |

Moffat County educators welcomed back with supplies

CRAIG — Donuts, swag, and school supplies brought smiles to the faces of educators returning to work following summer break.

For an eighth consecutive year, the Craig Rotary Club joined forces with Love In the Name of Christ in the Yampa Valley — Love INC — to provide thousands of dollars in school supplies during a welcome back continental breakfast held Wednesday, Aug. 22. The free school supplies are meant to supplement items schools do not provide and which teachers would have otherwise had to purchase on their own.

“In New York City, you have to do all this on your own. You don’t get to meet the Rotary or see everyone in the district,” said new Moffat County teacher Gerald “Jerry” Weder.

Weder has spent the past 15 years teaching in New York, but this summer, he moved across the country with his wife and puppy to become part of the YES program teaching team.

As he placed a free “I choose Moffat County” T-shirt into his bag of school supplies, Weder said he was impressed with the training and community support provided him as teachers returned to work.

The “I choose Moffat County” slogan was adopted by the school district as a way of supporting an effort to build a community brand. Rotary and Love INC were also joined this year by representatives of Colorado Christian University, who also gave away swag and information to Moffat County teachers.

Two organizations — the high school DECA/Future Business Leaders of America and School to Work Alliance Program — were also on hand, selling Moffat County Bulldog apparel and coffee to accompany the donuts, fruit, juice, and water provided for breakfast.

Teacher training continues this week, with students in kindergarten to 12th grade returning to class Monday, Aug. 27.

Contact Sasha Nelson at 970-875-1794 or