Stuff by Debbie Bruell

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    With kindergarten fully funded, is pre-K next?

    Governor Jared Polis signed legislation last May to fund full-day kindergarten in Colorado’s public schools. Many in our valley who are celebrating this new ruling are also hoping it’s just the first step toward addressing the lack of affordable and accessible early childhood education programs in ourread more →

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    Learning to paint out loud

    As a young woman who describes herself as “a very quiet person,” Tansy Zacarias seems to have surprised everyone — including herself — by leaving her mark on Carbondale with a large mural in bright, bold colors at the intersection of Eighth Street and the Rio Grande Trail.… read more →

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    Carbondale Police Department receives mental health grant

    Police officers are called upon to respond to crises far outside the realm of law enforcement.  They’re often the first ones on the scene when a person is overwhelmed by a mental illness or experiencing intense emotional distress.

    The Colorado Department of Local Affairsread more →

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    Talking with your kids about sexual abuse

    “That could never happen to my kids,” is precisely the attitude that makes children more vulnerable to sexual abuse, according to Meghan Hurley, the Mental Health Coordinator of River Bridge, a regional child advocacy center located in Glenwood Springs.

    As Hurley told about 50 parents at a presentation… read more →

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    Roaring Fork School District redefining discipline

    “Nobody understands me. Nobody cares about me,” is a common utterance among kids who habitually skip or are expelled from school.  With a one million dollar grant providing funding for at-risk students over the next four years, the Roaring Fork Schools are committing to a new approach toread more →

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    Don’t fear the (teen) dentist

    “Are you scared?” is the first question that Roaring Fork High School senior Leslia Serrano would ask each child as she ushered them out of class for a dental examination — often the first one of their lives.

    Serrano told The Sopris Sun that mostread more →

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    RFHS senior keeps solar rolling

    When it came time for Roaring Fork High School student Ralph Good to decide on his senior Capstone project, he naturally thought of his passion for solar cars. He proposed that he document his past experience leading the RFHS team to a championship at a national competition forread more →

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    A hands-on project with a personal payoff

    Mike Topete has come a long way since he first, quite hesitantly, took a woodshop class his freshman year at Roaring Fork High School. Now a senior, he proposed a Capstone Project that would be “a personal, final test” of all the woodshop skills he’s learned over theread more →

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    Special projects cap off senior year

    Seniors at Roaring Fork High School this year have been juggling more than just the typical load of classes, extracurricular activities, college applications and job searches.

    Hannah Bingaman has been training to become an equine therapy rider for children on the Autism spectrum. Cal Braniganread more →

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    Carbondale Community School looks to its roots

    “I am a virus,” is how George Stranahan has described himself to others — an agent that disrupts a system, initiating a small modification that soon multiplies. He founded Carbondale Community School with the goal of provoking change in systems of education.

    Stranahan was honored lastread more →