Kindergartners raise funds for a reading loft by selling fossils |

Kindergartners raise funds for a reading loft by selling fossils

UPPER BLUE – Kimberly Kissmann’s kindergarten students at Upper Blue Elementary are getting a taste of fundraising as they learn about dinosaurs and geology this week.

A geologist from Denver visited the class recently to teach the children about rocks, fossils, the earth and its history.

“It’s a wonderful way for them to learn about the earth’s treasures,” said Barbara Good, mother of one of the students.

Learning about the different minerals also prepared the children for the class fund raiser before and after school (from 8 to 8:45 a.m. and 3:30 to 4:15 p.m.) Monday through Thursday in the school’s library. The class is trying to raise money to help pay for its new reading loft, built this year.

They’ll be selling a variety of rocks, fossils and minerals, including geodes, earrings and necklaces.

“We also have everything from dinosaur teeth (and) shark teeth S to beautiful bookends,” Kissmann said, adding that items range in price from 25 cents to $35. The elementary school will receive 25 percent of the profits.

Classroom space is limited, Kissmann said, and a loft was a creative way to ensure the students have a quiet area in which to read. It’s even got bean bags and a full bookcase.

“It’s kind of their own little space – to promote reading,” she said. “It’s very popular. They all love the reading loft.”

The loft cost $1,400, “but if we raise $500, I’d be happy,” she said.

Lu Snyder can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 203, or

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