Education Briefs

Miller to hold bike, walk week

Miller Middle School will begin a bike and walk to school week Monday.

Students are encouraged to bike or walk to school or get on the move at home.

All students who keep track of their activity will be eligible to enter a May 18 drawing.

A bike will be given to each grade level winner. Other prizes will include helmets, water bottles and more.

Durango school board to meet Tuesday

The Durango School District 9-R School Board will meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in the board room of the administration building.

A copy of the proposed agenda can be found at by 5 p.m. Friday.

School districts seek local beef bids

School districts in Southwest Colorado are working together to purchase beef from Colorado ranchers for their lunch programs.

An invitation to bid for the 2013 Farm-to-School Beef has been announced by Krista Garand, supervisor of student nutrition for the Durango School District. Local beef suppliers are welcome to bid through 2 p.m. May 25.

For more information, visit

Registration accepted for summer academy

Registration for Durango School District 9-R’s Summer Academy closes May 21.

Classes are open for enrollment. To find out which classes need more students, email Steve Powell at or call 259-1630, ext. 2252.

The academy provides a quality educational enrichment experience at minimal cost. Classes will have a minimum class size of six students and a maximum of 14.

To register, visit or return a registration to Powell at Durango High School. The registration form, catalog and health form can be found at

DHS to offer summer basketball camp

Durango High School will host its Individual Skills Summer Basketball Camp from June 12 to June 14 in Gym 1 of the high school.

Boys and girls in grades third to fifth will meet from 9 a.m. to noon, and sixth- to eighth-grade students will meet from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.

The coaching staff of the Durango boys basketball team will host the camp, which will provide children with basic skills. Fundamentals included are defense, shooting, passing, ball handling and rebounding.

The cost is $50. The deadline to sign up is June 2.

For more information, call 259-1630, ext. 2136, email,, or

Florida Mesa announces events

Florida Mesa Elementary School will host these events:

The Parent Teacher Organization’s Hawaiian themed dinner and dance will begin at 6 p.m. May 18. Fifth-grade students will perform “Ballroom Dancing,” then there will be a family dance ending at 8 p.m. Students must be accompanied by an adult. Adult tickets are $10; tickets for children are $8 and tickets for the dance are $5. For more information,call 247-4250.

The Florida Mesa Madness yard sale will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 19 in the school’s parking lot.

The “International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme Parent Luncheon” will be held at 11:30 a.m. May 18 in the Gifted and Talented Room.

A truck load of woodchips delivered at 10 a.m. May 19. The school needs community members to bring a rake or wheelbarrow to help spread the chips.

Needham Elementary announces events

Needham Elementary School will host these events:

A United Blood Service Blood Drive will be held from 1:30 to 5 p.m. Tuesday in the multi-purpose room. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 385-4601.

Fifth-grade students will participate in a bike rodeo from 1 to 3 p.m. today. The students will learn bicycle safety through interaction with DEVO, Grey Matters, Durango Police Department, U.S. Pro Cycling Challenge Committee and Durango School District 9-R staff members.

For more information, call Sallie Kautter or Judy Williams at 247-4791

Summer music, sports programs offered

Stillwater Foundation will offer summer music and sports programs beginning June 11.

Music programs will include beginning percussion for ages 6 and older; vocal performance camps for ages 11 to 15; intermediate band camp for ages 10 to 14; and an advanced band camp for ages 12 to 18.

Sports camps will include half-day summer camps for ages 8 to 12; coed T-ball and soccer for ages 5 to 7; dodge ball for ages 8 to 10; baseball/soccer training camps for ages 6 to 8, 9 to 11, 12 to 14; and flag football for ages 8 to 12. Individual, team and family gym memberships also are available.

For more information, visit or email

Nominations sought for youth, youth groups

Nominations are sought for youth and youth groups to be considered for the National Philanthropy Day in Colorado Awards.

The outstanding youth award is presented to an individual youth volunteer, 18 and younger, who has demonstrated outstanding commitment to the promotion of philanthropy and volunteerism through work in the community. The winner will be awarded a $2,500 scholarship.

The outstanding youth group award is presented to a youth group that has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to the promotion of philanthropy and volunteerism through its work in the community. The group will be given a $1,500 award.

Mail applications to: National Philanthropy Day, P.O. Box 9098, Denver, CO 80209-9098 or email Paula Henry at For more information, visit

Pro Cycling Challenge group to visit schools

The USA Pro Cycling Challenge Local Education Committee will visit area schools to help with bike rodeos, speak at assemblies or drop off handbooks for students.

Inside the handbooks will be instructions about participating in the cycling challenge. Each school will have the opportunity to win a bike rack.

By visiting, students can sign up for a free account to track the number of miles ridden. When a school rides an equivalent of the 683 total race miles, the school will choose from a selection of bike racks for installation before the 2012-2013 school year.

Additionally, a community bike rodeo will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Aug. 18 at the Fort Lewis College softball field where kids can learn bike safety skills, proper helmet fitting, bike etiquette and more. There also will be guest appearances from professional cyclists. Children who bring a log of total miles ridden will receive a medal.

For more information, visit

Kitchen-Based Learning course to be offered

Kitchen-Based Learning, an environmental and sustainablity literacy professional development course, will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays from July 17 and Aug. 9 at the Animas Valley Grange and the Waterfall Community Garden.

This course is open to all kindergarten to 12th-grade educators. The cost is $100 to earn continuing education hours and a certificate of completion, or $165 for three graduate credit hours from Adams State College.

Participants will learn about sustainability education while fostering appreciation for the natural world through food, garden and cooking. By the end of the course, participants will have collaboratively developed a final portfolio of recipes, resources and lesson plans to integrate and support existing curriculum.

To register or for more information, call Joy O’Neil at 903-6294 or email

Child care provider classes scheduled

The Early Childhood Council of La Plata County, in collaboration with the Southwest Office of Child Care Resource & Referral, will offer classes for people interested in becoming licensed home child care providers in the state of Colorado.

Prelicensing will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 9 and 16. The cost is $50.

For more information, call Shannon Bassett at 247-5960, ext. 25, or email register, visit

St. Paul’s preschool accepting enrollment

St. Paul’s Lutheran Preschool is accepting enrollment in its 2012 Summer Fun Program, which will begin June 4, and its fall 2012 preschool classes.

All children ages 2.5 to 5 years will be considered. St. Paul’s is located across from Miller Middle School at 2611 Junction St.

For more information or to pick up registration materials, call 247-1368.

Driver education classes available

Four Corners Safety Association will offer the next 30-hour driver’s education classes from June 4 to 7, June 25 to 28, and Aug. 13 to 16.

The association also will conduct a class in Ignacio from July 16 to 19. The cost for the class plus the six hours of driving required by the state is $385.

For more information and registration, call Tim Cunningham at 375-1230.Classes are limited to 25 students.

Discovery museum to hold training

The Durango Discovery museum will host “Spark” volunteer training from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the museum, 1333 Camino del Rio.

The training will include an introduction to the museum and the volunteer opportunities available at the powerhouse.

To attend, email Helium Hannah at or call 259-9234.

Herald Staff