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Thank you, Mr. Macek

Dear Editor:

I would like to thank my eighth-grade math teacher for helping me develop skills and mindsets for high school in general but especially math. Because of him, I entered my freshman year in sophomore math and will be skipping junior math and advancing into senior math.

He taught me to be responsible with learning and to be motivated because your grade and what you learn actually matters. His method of teaching really motivated me to excel in math. I wish that he could teach in high school because he teaches with a method that should be used more often and would work very well in a high school setting.

He is a great teacher, and I hope he keeps teaching the way he did with our class because it really worked. Thank you, Mr. Macek, for being one of the best math teachers I know and for showing me that hard work actually does get results.

Ashton Albright

Basalt

Heathers rocks

Dear Editor:

Basalt is hopping, thanks to Heathers! The food is good, the atmosphere is great, and the music is out of this world! You never know who is going to randomly show up at the mic at this tiny venue, but it’s grand, and it’s top notch!

Guitar, saxophone, rhythm-and-blues artists, both female and male, booked, not booked, random local talent jamming together like it’s in your own living room.

Fantastic quality, wonderful and definitely the talk of the town!

Cindy Buck

Carbondale

Thrift Shop awards scholarships

Dear Editor:

Every spring, the scholarship committee for the Thrift Shop of Aspen is honored to select recipients for college scholarships. It is a nearly impossible task to choose only five candidates from the dozens of highly qualified and worthy applicants. This year we are proud to congratulate the following students:

• Aspen High School

— Elijah Alpern, University of California, Berkeley

— Steven Jace Conflenti, University of Colorado, Boulder

— Michaela Voss — University of Washington, St. Louis

• Basalt High School

— Lindsay Corzine, University of Richmond

• Roaring Fork High School

— Emily Eason, Sarah Lawrence College

We are able to continue to provide these generous awards due to the support of community members who donate gently used items and clothing and to the shoppers who purchase them.

Ellen Walbert

Thrift Shop of Aspen

Member, scholarship committee

Aspen Elks lends a helping hand

Dear Editor:

Aspen Junior Hockey would like to thank the Aspen Elks Lodge No. 224 officers and members for their generous contribution that make it possible for the 45 kids who rely on our scholarship program to participate in the wonderful sport of hockey.

By providing scholarship funds, we are able to keep these kids in our program who would otherwise be unable to play because of financial difficulties. Years ago, the Aspen Elks recognized the value that kids playing sports brings to our community. The bonds that are built on the playing fields and skating rinks last a lifetime; and the volunteer efforts made by coaches, parents, family members and friends build a stronger community for us all. Many of our adult coaches today were Aspen Junior Hockey players 10 and 20 years ago.

The role the Aspen Elks play in supporting the youth groups in the Roaring Fork Valley oftentimes may go unnoticed by some who live here. For those of us who volunteer to keep organizations like Aspen Junior Hockey going, the contributions made by the Elks year in and year out have an enormous effect on the success of our program.

On behalf of all of our kids, thanks again, Aspen Elks Lodge No. 224, for all that you do for our community. You are one of the reasons why Aspen is such a great place to live.

Jackie Ayers

Administrative assistant, Aspen Junior Hockey

Aspen steps up for the homeless

Dear Editor:

The Aspen Homeless Shelter board of directors would like to thank Ann Fitzgerald and the employees and members of the Ritz-Carlton Club of Aspen for their amazing generosity!

They recently held a fundraising event, and the Aspen Homeless Shelter was the recipient of $1,530, which is equal to the funds needed to feed and give overnight shelter to the homeless members of our community for one full week in winter.

Their employees also participated in a nonperishable-food drive last winter, giving the proceeds to our Homeless Day Center and helping to fulfill the nutritional needs of Aspen’s most vulnerable residents.

The Aspen Homeless Shelter is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization where every donation, large or small, makes a tremendous difference. Anyone interested in contributing or volunteering may direct their questions to Vince Savage or Laura Drexel at 970-544-5545.

Joe High, the Rev. John Hilton, pastor Jane Keener-Quiat, Helen Klanderud

Dr. Kimberly Levin, Kris Marsh, Rabbi David Segal and John Silich

Aspen Homeless Shelter

Board of directors


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