GOSHEN COUNTY – Summer break officially began in Goshen County School District No. 1 on Wednesday. The school year was extended by two days due to spring blizzards, and cool, rainy weather this week dashed plans for pool parties and outdoor outings, but students and staff made sure to make those final hours count.
Among the many activities going on in the area leading up to the last bell, were several efforts to give back.
Donations to Waggin’ Tails Animal Shelter and the Riverside Discovery Center, and Torrington High School’s “Community Day” in which students offered a community oil change and maintenance event; students built planters for Goshen County Library and the after-school program; performed general cleanup throughout the city of Torrington; and visited area senior centers and sing and play solos, to name a few, were a hit.
More than one school in Goshen County raised funds for the local animal shelter, and Lingle-Fort Laramie Elementary School spearheaded a fundraising campaign to increase awareness and funding for the construction of a new bear enclosure at Riverside Discovery Center for two orphaned grizzly bear cubs. The group was able to raise more than $1,500 through a walk-a-thon, raffle, staff and student support day, and a change box at a local business.
Music was also a central theme the last few days, as talent shows, lip-sync battles, and sending songs poured over loudspeakers throughout the county.
Here’s wishing all GCSD students and staff a safe and happy summer.