Education Briefs

Animas High School announces events

Animas High School will host these events:

A ninth- and 10th-grade College Night will be held at 5 p.m. Thursday at the school. Judy Rosenthal will present an overview of the high school experience, terminology related to the college admissions process, and a timeline for college admissions.

There will be no school Friday. It is a professional development day.

Ninth-grade humanities students will present their “Socialization and Identity” project exhibition from 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 17 at the La Plata County Fairgrounds, 2500 Main Ave.

An 11th-grade humanities exhibition will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 25 at Durango Joe’s, 732 College Drive, and from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 25 at the 40 Town Plaza location across from Natural Grocers. Participants will discuss students’ proposals for how the government should resolve various political issues, not based on what Democrats or Republicans espouse, but based on what is morally and politically just.

Continuing education is available at FLC

Fort Lewis College Continuing Education will offer these classes:

“Grant Writing Basics” with Nicole Fabrey will be held 6-8 p.m. Tuesday evenings Oct. 16-30. This course will help simplify the grant-writing process and improve success rate. Topics will include research, planning, proposal elements and full-proposal development. The cost is $99 for three classes.

“Foundation Fundraising,” taught by Peter Maiurro and Amber Ptak, will be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday. State-level foundation executive directors will discuss their organization’s funding priorities, offer tips for the successful grant proposal and role-play with students. The cost is $40.

Advance registration is required. To register, call 247-7385 or visit

Liberty School to host Visitors Day

The Liberty School will host a Visitors Day from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Oct. 18.

All are welcome, and the school is offering a special invitations to students’ grandparents. The Liberty School is a small, private school that maximizes the potential of dyslexic, gifted and twice exceptional (both gifted and dyslexic) children.

For more information or to schedule a tour, call Bill O’Flanagan at 385-4834 or email The school is located on the second floor at 215 E. 12th St.

Special education panel will meet today

The Special Education Advisory Committee invites parents, educators and community members to learn more about advocating for students with special needs in the school system.

The group will meet at 5:15 p.m. today at San Juan BOCES, on the third floor of the Durango School District Administration Building, 201 E. 12th St.

For more information, call 769-4797.

Fundraiser to benefit Needham tree project

A fundraiser for Needham Elementary School’s Tree Planting Project will be held from 4 p.m. to closing Saturday at Carver Brewing Co., 1022 Main Ave.

The “Trees Are the Answer” tree planting project at Needham, in its third year, will plant shade trees on the playground and in the Pete Harter Arboretum next spring. Carver’s will donate proceeds from the evening to the project.

For more information, call 247-4791.

Museum to offer youth gardening class

Durango Discovery Museum will host “Garden Sprouts” on Thursday, Oct. 18, Oct. 25 and Nov. 1 in the Discovery Garden, 1333 Camino del Rio.

The program will be a “Seed to Seed” edition for children 3 to 6 years old. The cost is $40 for members and $48 for nonmembers.

To reserve a place, visit the front desk or email

The museum also will host “Dissection Day” at 3:30 p.m. Thursday. Older children are welcome to the event.

Escalante Middle School to host benefit dinner

Escalante Middle School will host its third annual Empty Bowl Benefit Dinner at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Escalante cafeteria.

Art teacher Britte Bowman’s students create bowls for a silent auction and local potters contribute items for the auction.

The proceeds from the auction along with the proceeds from the $5 dinner fee will go to the Manna Soup Kitchen. Students in the greenhouse/gardening class contribute food items for the soups and will bake items for the dinner. Many local merchants and businesses will donate items for the event.

VFW is offering two scholarships

The Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary Post 4031 in Durango, 1550 Main Ave., has one writing contest scholarship available to middle school students and one scholarship for high school students.

“Patriot Pen” is a nationwide competition that gives students in grades six, seven and eight the opportunity to write essays expressing their views about democracy. Contestants will write a 300 to 400 word essay based on the theme “What I Would Tell America’s Founding Fathers.” The first-place winner will receive a $10,000 savings bond and an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C.

The Voice of Democracy scholarship program is an audio-essay contest for high school students in grades nine to 12. Contestants will record their original three- to five-minute essay (in their own voice) on a CD using the theme “Is Our Constitution Still Relevant?”

Submission of the essay is required along with the recording. The first-place winner will receive a $30,000 scholarship that is paid directly to the recipient’s American university, college or vocational/technical school and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington D.C., March 2-6.

Other national scholarships range from $1,000 to $16,000. The deadline entry date for both contests is Nov. 1 and essays are to be turned in to the VFW Auxiliary Post 4031, 1550 Main Ave.

For more information and submission forms, visit

9-R advisory committee will meet Oct. 24

The District Advisory and Accountability Committee of Durango School District will meet from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Oct. 24 in the Durango School District 9-R Administration Building Board Room.

Herald Staff