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Movie, books featured at JRE

Julia Randall Elementary School's Parent-Teacher Organization is having another family movie night at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 16 in the JRE cafeteria.

The movie will be "The Polar Express" on the big screen with stereo sound. Admission is free and popcorn, drinks and snacks are available at a minimal price. All families from the community are welcome. However, all children must be accompanied by an adult. Bring your sleeping bags and pillows to make the evening comfortable.

The JRE school book fair is Dec. 5 through Dec. 9. The event will be in the rock building, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday; 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday; 7:30 a.m. to noon Friday. There will also be an evening event from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday. "Clifford the Big Red Dog" will make an appearance for photo opportunities. In conjunction with the book fair, there will be a family reading night; a physical education night; and the choir will sing carols.

Holiday concert set

Payson Elementary School will hold its annual Holiday Concert at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8 at the Payson High School auditorium.

All Payson Elementary School kindergarten through third-grade students and the Payson Elementary School fourth- and fifth-grade chorus students will perform a variety of holiday songs.

The community is invited. There is no admission charge.

GCC enrollment up

Gila Community College has announced that enrollment is increasing. The latest figures indicate that the college currently has 280 Full-Time Student Equivalency (FTSE) compared to 121 FTSE one year ago. This represents an increase of 131 percent over last year at this time.

Officials said the college is on pace to exceed 650 FTSE this year, which includes summer session, and short-term classes.

The college will qualify for state reimbursement for the first time in four years. The minimum enrollment is 350 FTSE in order to quality for state reimbursement. At 650 FTSE, the state reimbursement is estimated to be between $1.1 and $1.3 million dollars. It will be used to provide additional post secondary educational opportunities for all of Gila County.

The spring schedule has been published and spring semester registration is currently under way. New programs include casino management, fire science, certified nursing assistant, registered nurse, phlebotomy and transfer track classes. For information on how to register, or to set an academic advisement appointment, contact Gila Pueblo Campus at (928) 425-8184 in Globe; Payson Campus at (928) 468-8039 or the San Carlos Campus at (928) 475-5981. Spring semester classes start Jan. 11, 2006.

Soroptimists have money available

Are you a woman with primary financial responsibility for yourself and your defendants? Are you working to obtain an undergraduate degree or participating in a vocational skills training program? Do you have a financial need? If so, you are eligible to apply for a Woman's Opportunity Award through Soroptimist International of Zane Grey Country.

Women's Opportunity Awards are cash awards that assist women in obtaining the skills and education they need to improve their employment status. Recipients may use the awards for any expenses related to their educational pursuits.

The Violet Richardson award will be given to one girl, age 14 to 17, who will be honored for her volunteer service. The $1,000 is not a scholarship -- it is an award.

For more information on either award, write to Zane Grey Country Soroptimists, P.O. Box 1554, Payson, 85547 or contact Candace Conte at (928) 472-8891 or (928) 472-1336, or Jean Oliver (928) 474-6167 or (928) 472-8007.

Book fair at RCMS

Rim Country Middle School is hosting a Scholastic Book Fair, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. now through Friday, Dec. 2.

Parents, children, and the community are invited to attend the Book Fair, which will be held in the middle school library.

This year, there will be a new opportunity to bring more books to students. It is called "One for Books." In this season of giving, it's a great way to give the gift of reading.

Donate just $1, sign the Book Slip, and it will be displayed at the Book Fair.

Scholastic Book Fairs will match the ""One for Books dollars contributed with a donation of up to a million books to three nonprofit programs devoted to improving reading skills among children: Kids in Distressed Situations, National Center for Family Literacy, and Toys for Tots.

A special event related to the Book Fair will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1 at the high school auditorium.

Fair attendees can also help build classroom libraries by purchasing books for teachers through the "Classroom Wish List" program.

Book Fair proceeds will be used to purchase essential classroom resources and support projects at Rim Country Middle School.

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