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Thrift Shop gives firsthand support

Dear Editor:

Crystal River Elementary School would like to take an opportunity to thank the Thrift Shop of Aspen for its financial support of our efforts to involve and include parents in their children’s education.

Our teachers provide monthly Academic Nights for families. During these events, we help parents understand how they can help their children, how our school system works, give them ideas for activities they can do at home and make games and activities to reinforce what they are learning in school. In addition, we offer suggestions on how parents can motivate their kids and how to structure time at home.

Research is clear that when a parent is fully engaged in their child’s experience, the likelihood of their child’s success is greatly augmented. Our children love it when their parents attend Academic Nights with them, and everyone comes away having gained something of inestimable value.

Due to the current budget reductions, we don’t have enough resources for these Academic Nights. The money received from the Thrift Shop will pay teachers to plan and implement the events and allow us to buy supplies needed during the events, such as math supplies, books and raffle prizes. We also will be able to provide free child care for families so that parents can attend and focus on their older children. We will be able to provide these services for approximately 250 students this year. Since we could not offer these opportunities without the funds that the Thrift Shop contributed, we would like to express our sincere appreciation. It is said that it takes a village to raise a child, and the Aspen Thrift Shop has embodied that saying in its actions.

Thank you, Thrift Shop of Aspen!

Teachers and staff

Crystal River Elementary Schoo

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