Montrose teacher’s $10,000 award put to use with new resource room
MONTROSE — Teachers and administrators of Northside Elementary School celebrated Thursday the opening of its school resource room, giving parents additional tools to stay involved with their children’s education.
The room is a first for the Montrose County School District RE-1J and will give parents access to the school to check students’ grades, monitor attendance, communicate with teachers and receive essential household items they cannot normally afford, said Principal Cara Godbe.
“We couldn’t be happier. We’re really excited to see it in use,” Godbe said.
Godbe said nearly 80 percent of students at Northside receive free or reduced-price lunches. She said the school district monitors these numbers to gauge socioeconomic levels of families in need.
In September, Northside third-grade teacher Jaime Simo was awarded a $10,000 Montrose Education Foundation’s Impact Award to build the room.
“She’s been putting in 12- and 14-hour days trying to get this place ready,” Godbe said.
The hours of the room will be 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and only parents of Northside students can attend.
Plans are in place to create additional services allowing parents to do laundry or sign up for food items.
The room features Internet-ready computers, a reading center and an activity area for small children. Students of Northside were allowed to paint and sign their names on the walls as a school project.
For more information about services available, call the school at 249-2554.