Summit schools presents inaugural Author Visit |

Summit schools presents inaugural Author Visit

Children’s author Jerry Pallotta visits the Summit School District's elementary schools Feb. 16-18 to participate in half-day visits and evening family literacy events as part of the inauguralannual Author Visit program.
Courtesy of Summit School District |

The Summit School District, in collaboration with The Education Foundation of the Summit, presents the inaugural Author Visit on Feb. 16-18, this year featuring children’s author Jerry Pallotta.

A favorite of local students and the best-selling author of more than 60 titles such as “Who Would Win?”, he visits more than 150 school each year. His visit to Summit County will include a half-day at each district elementary school, lunch with essay contest winners and free evening events for parents and community members focusing on creating a love of reading at home.

“My goal has always been to write interesting, fact-filled, fun-to-read, beautifully-illustrated color children’s books,” he said in a news release. “I love writing books, and I love visiting school all over the United States.”

All events are open to the public and Spanish-speaking interpreters will be on hand. Student essay winners will be recognized at these events:

— Tuesday, Feb. 16, 6-7:30 p.m., Dillon Valley Elementary: Spaghetti dinner ($10 per family)

— Wednesday, Feb. 17, 6 p.m., Silverthorne Library: Family presentation and book signing

— Thursday, Feb. 18, 6 p.m., Breckenridge Town Hall Council Chambers: Family presentation and book signing

The Author Visit will place annually thanks to a grant from the Eileen Finkel Innovative Teacher Award and additional support from The Education Foundation of the Summit.

“The annual Author Visit will be an incredibly exciting opportunity to inspire the love of reading in children by introducing them to their favorite writers,” Bonne Ward, vice chairperson of The Education Foundation of the Summit, said in the release. “We’re thrilled to bring that mission to life.”

Film screening

Colorado Mountain College and the Summit School District are partnering to show “I LEARN AMERICA,” a film about five resilient immigrant teenagers struggling to learn their new homeland on Thursday, Feb. 18, at 6:30 p.m.

The intent is for the screening to inspire community dialogue about the importance of culture and inclusion in the county. Several Summit School District students from Africa, El Salvador and Chile, plus a couple employees from the Family & Intercultural Resource Center (FIRC), will be on hand at CMC’s Eileen and Paul Finkel Auditorium on the Breckenridge campus (107 Denison Placer Rd) to share their experiences moving to Summit County.

CMC hosts financial aid workshop

As part of a national event that includes 20 locations across the state, Colorado Mountain College is hosting College Goal Sunday on Sunday, Feb. 21, from 1-3 p.m. at six of the college’s campuses to help prospective college students and their parents with financial aid paperwork.

Staff will be available to guide attendees through alternatives for paying for college. Those joining are asked to bring 2015 W-2 forms and tax information, bank statements as well as identification including the prospective student’s Social Security number. Spanish translators will be available.

Particular attention will be paid to filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which must be completed in order to apply for federal and state grants, work study positions, student loans and many scholarships. More than $20,000 in scholarships will be offered during the day, including CMC providing six attendees enrolling at one of its host campuses in fall 2016 a $1,000 award each.

College Goal Sunday will be held at these Colorado Mountain College locations:

— Breckenridge, 107 Denison Placer Rd

— Leadville, 901 South Highway 24

— Edwards, 150 Miller Ranch Rd

— Glenwood Center, Glenwood Springs (computer lab), 1402 Blake Ave

— Steamboat Springs, 1275 Crawford Ave

— Rifle (main campus), 3695 Airport Rd

Nontraditional and independent students are also encouraged to attend, and assistance is available for applying to any college or university — not just CMC. For more information about College Goal Sunday, visit:, or contact CMC at: or (800) 621-8559.

Middle schooler in top state choir

Summit Middle School eighth-grader Isabela Imamura represented the school district as a member of the Middle School All-State Choir the first weekend of February.

“She was full of poise, grace, respect, and of course, lots of hard work and talent were demonstrated,” said Donna Clark, Summit Middle School music teacher. “She was terrific, and even had the courage to try out for one of the solos. I was extremely proud of her.”

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