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Program provides additional $4,885 for projects

Bridget Manley

Thanks to a community program, Moffat County High School staff members have an extra $4,885 to spend on projects and trips this year.

At its monthly meeting Monday night, the Moffat County High School Parent Accountability Committee allotted nine grants to high school teachers and staff.

“Keep Education Rolling,” a program sponsored by Chapman Automotive of Craig, provided the funds, which will be used for projects ranging from taking students to a journalism convention to a student photo contest.

The funds were allotted to the high school’s PAC group, which then decided how much money to allot to each request.

Slightly more teachers applied for the grants this year than in previous years, said Thom Schnellinger, MCHS principal.

“We had a lot of (teachers) who wanted to take kids out” on trips, he said, adding that one grant will allow high school journalism students to travel to a convention in New York City.

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All nine grant requests were approved, though at varying amounts. Five projects received full funding; the remaining four received a portion of initial requests.

Projects in the latter category included a field trip to a career day in Denver sponsored by The Neenan Co., the school district’s general contractor for various projects.

Chapman Automotive owners J.B. and Paula Chapman, a husband-and-wife team, launched the program in October 2005, which allots 2 percent of all sales to local educational institutions of the customer’s choice.

Moffat County customers can designate funds to a district school of their choice or to the Boys & Girls Club of Craig.

This year, the program has generated about $12,000 for Moffat County.

Bridget Manley can be reached at 875-1795 or