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REC's New Year Brings More Locations...

                              ...and the need for more Staff!

We're providing services at 9 sites now!
New TANF funds have allowed us to add Fruitvale Elementary School and Grand Mesa Middle School to the sites where underserved kids can get after-school tutoring support and can participate in qulaity enrichment activities.

Those new sites bring new challenges in staffing, though.  We have plenty of students who are looking for our services, but not enough folks to work as part-time staff or to volunteer a few hours per week.

Please spread the word!  If you or someone you know is interested in helping impact students lives, go to our website for job descriptions and applications.

Got Gear?

Riverside Educational Center is having a Winter Gear/Clothing Drive.  Help us get our local at-risk youth outside this winter!

If you have any winter gear or clothing you don’t need and that is in good shape, we’re looking for hats, gloves, goggles, neck gators, long johns, wool socks, ski pants, ski jackets – anything to use for layering.

ALL SIZES will help us teach our Middle and High School students how to safely enjoy participating in outdoor winter activities.

February 4th, 2:00 to 5:30 PM
REC’s office at 552 West Main St. (2nd door at back of the building)
Colorado West Land Trust, 1006 Main Street.
Call us at 462-2901 if you need to schedule a separate date or time.

Thank you Colorado West Land Trust for helping us introduce our kids to the beauty of the Grand Valley!

TEAM AIR - The Benefits of Competition

Walk into REC's offices on a Tuesday evening and you'll see several kids huddled around a laptop while others are measuring, testing, or adjusting an erector-set like robot.  REC's robotics team, TEAM AIR, is deep into competition in the 2019 FIRSTTech Challenge, Rover Ruckus, presented by Qualcomm and they're serious about it!

FIRSTTech challenges 7th-12th grade students to design, build, program and operate robots to compete in head-to-head team challenges - first regionally, in hopes to get to the State competition, with the possibility of advancing on to the National level.  Their robot is designed to perform specific tasks according to competition guidelines.  And everyone has a role - either as designer, programmer, operator or presenter of their process to the judges.

The impacts of participating in this program are significant - over 86% of participants have more interest in doing well in school while showing a substantial increase in STEM understanding.  They learn how to problem solve as a team and gain communication skills and self-confidence through the process.  Our students are not only increasing their knowledge of STEM but are gaining life-skills that will serve them well into the future!

Thank you Xcel Energy for funding TEAM AIR's participation in the FIRSTTech Challenge!

Thank you to all our REC Donors!

We are SO pleased with the support we have received from donors during this time of expansion at REC!  Though grants play a role in what we're able to accomplish, the true strength of our program comes from the support of YOU, our Grand Valley (and beyond!) community. 

Your support means:
  • more at-risk kids are getting academic support
  • more low-income youth are participating in activities they normally couldn't access
  • and more underserved families are finding support in navigating the challenges they face.

The fact that you care helps us show that we care.

Thank you for being part of the REC Family!

Donors from November 2018 to January 2019
Amy & Dave Agapito
Joseph Aieta
Arch & Bonnie Archuleta
Connie Badini
Tillie & Pat Bishop
James Byrom
Karen Combs & Lynn Wegener

Kate Denning
Mary Dexter
Zach Eyler
Bill & Jane Findlay
Jeff Gonzales
Cathy Green
Tammy Gribble
George & Joanne Gromke
Shawn & Will Hays
Robin & Steve Heil
Chris Hostetter
Gregg & Kristine Kampf
Teresa & Dave Kareus
Kady Lafferty
Kenneth Leis
Peggy & Tony Link
Jay& Rebecca Mashburn
Nick Massaro
Samantha Morgan
Emily Orbanek

Paul Padyk & Lucy Graham
Katherine Portner

Joe Ramey
Paul & Linda Reed
Elizabeth Rowan & Bennett Boeschenstein
Charles & Cheryl Roy

Kari Sewell
James & Sue Sidwell
Kathy Slaughter
Craig & Nancy Stagg
Randy & Christine Stouder
Nancy Terrill
J. Terry & Ruth Leever
Sarah & Bob Walsh
Jill & Tim Waugh

Anschutz Family Foundation
Chamberlin Architects
The Colorado Trust
Dickerson Keating Family Fund
A.V. Hunter Trust
Junior Service League
Grand Junction Lions Club
McCary Family Fund
Merrrill Lynch
Timberwolf Welding
Wilson Family Foundation
Please accept our apologies if we've missed anyone!
Please contact with any corrections.

Thank you for helping us help the kids who need it most!

A Place for Everyone

On April 2nd, residents of Grand Junction will finally get to vote on whether or not it’s time for a community center.  


The Community Center proposal on April’s ballot includes three main components:


  • A 98,000 sq. ft. community center located at Matchett Park. This will include: warm-water, lap, and leisure pools; 2 pool-party rooms; a 3-court gymnasium; an indoor walking track; 3 multi-purpose meeting rooms; gathering spaces; a bouldering wall; fitness areas; child supervision services; tenant lease space.
  • 75 acres of park development at Matchett including: 7 multi-purpose fields; walking paths; a plaza; playgrounds; restrooms/shelters; 4 basketball courts;12 pickleball courts; 8 tennis courts; a pond; a skatepark.
  • Renovation of the existing Orchard Mesa pool, gymnasium, and adjoining facilities. Additions include: a new social zone with snack bar; family dressing areas; 2 multi-purpose rooms; a pool-party room; a new spa.


If approved, the community center, park development, and renovation/expansion at Orchard Mesa will be funded by a 0.39% city sales tax increase. That tax would not apply to unprepared food, gas, prescriptions, or services. The average household in Grand Junction would pay approximately $4.39 per month, and this will cover the cost of construction and ongoing operations and maintenance.

Advocates from the GJ Community Center Campaign (GJCCC) suggest that building a Grand Junction Community Center where everyone belongs will promote health and wellness, social connections, involvement in recreation, and activities for all ages - children through seniors.


For more information, visit

Contact Information:

Joy Hudak, Executive Director
Phone: 970-589-5039



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