Save the School Food
May 13, 2009 | 1439 views | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Editor:

It has been brought to our attention that the excellent breakfast and lunch program at Ridgway Secondary School may be in jeopardy. Members of the community may remember that a "Wellness and Nutrition Committee" was formed back in 2005 at the request of the school board to research ways to improve upon the nutritive value of the food served to our students. 

The Wellness and Nutrition Committee gave a great deal of thought and consideration into determining the value of whole foods, and the ways to increase the use of whole, unprocessed foods into the food service program. 

Since initiation of the new food program, Denean Colby and her great kitchen crew have consistently shown a high degree of professionalism in the research that goes into providing balanced meals and in using as many whole, unprocessed foods as possible, so that our students have the nutritional fuel they need to learn and perform their best while at school. 

The secondary school food program has been a huge success. It is estimated that 80 percent or more of the student body eat lunch on campus. This number is quite high considering Ridgway Secondary School allows high school students to leave campus at lunchtime. It has also been noted by the teachers that the students have been more focused and ready to learn since the higher quality food program was instituted. Our lunch program even made it on TV because of the quality of the food and the enthusiasm that our students have towards eating at Ridgway School.  

Our outstanding food program is one of the ways that our school is unique, makes the students feel valued and may be one of the reasons that student scores continue to increase and our athletes continue to excel.  

Our food program currently needs support due to budget issues that must be resolved in a positive, pro-active manner that will ensure that our children's health and well being continue to be of foremost importance. A school board meeting is scheduled for May 21. Please attend and express your support for the secondary school food program. We believe current issues associated with cost and accounting can be resolved, and with the community's input and support, the outstanding food program can continue. 

Please also remember to thank the school board members for their initiation and their support to date of the improved and excellent food program at Ridgway Schools.

Sincerely,

Sheila and Tim Manzagol Support Live Theatre

Editor:

I have enjoyed two Timshel Theatre productions: Three Viewings (at the Wright Opera House) and Pulitzer Prize winner The Gin Game (in Montrose). When live theatre is done well – even on the smallest scale – it is magical. I'm so glad these folks are making theatre available to us in Ouray! 

And I'm so glad the Friends of the Wright are working to preserve a place right here in town where the performing arts can flourish among us through their effort to acquire and re-develop the Wright! What better way to infuse life and energy into our town?

Timshel say of themselves: "The Timshel Theatre Company (timsheltheatre.com) is a limited liability corporation jointly owned by Debra Bowers and Ed Thomas. We seek to engage ourselves and our audiences in the unique challenges and rewards of live, intimate theatre; to share thought-provoking stories with which we can touch and move one another, to learn from one another's humanness, to make a difference by opening minds and hearts."

Not a bad mission!

David Baker, Ouray
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