School Board hears about impressive achievements


Red Lodge High School (RLHS) Special Education teacher, Libby Johnson and K-8 Special Ed. Department have made major strides in helping their students become more involved within the community and extracurricular activity. On March 20, Johnson presented to the Red Lodge Board of trustees a glimpse of the many achievements the Special Ed. Department has done to date.

After receiving a grant for $29,200 from Parents Let’s Unite for Kids (PLUK), Johnson explained they were able to buy nine laptops, two PowerPoint’s, six iPads, and six iPod touches for the department. Further, the money allowed her to take families to the Youth in Transition Conference, where Johnson and RLHS student, Sabrina Morgan spoke to educators about ways to help youth transition and become more involved with the community.

Johnson was also able to bring five students to Red Lodge Mountain to ski with Eagle Mount from the Bright Ideas grant, which eventually evolved into a Special Olympics program. 
“For the first time this year, in partnership with Eagle Mount and Special Olympics, Red Lodge formed a ski team consisting of two athletes from Red Lodge (Sarah Johnson and Molly Heinen).” Johnson explained, that “Sarah made the trip to Moonlight Basin (Big Sky Area Winter Games) on her own, finishing 2nd in the intermediate level of ski racing.”
In addition to skiing with Eagle Mount, Sarah was featured as March’s Emerging Leader for the Rural Institute Transition and Employment Projects, whose interview was posted on the organization’s website.

Heinen also won 1st place at the Carbon County Arts Guild show. 
Because transportation is an issue, Johnson recently helped organize a Real Life Fair that hosted various support services under one roof. Families from the county were invited to visit with special needs service providers who distributed information about various youth transition programs. 
To help students become more active in the community, Johnson and the group Living Independently for Today and Tomorrow (LIFTT) have been successful in planning monthly activities for adolescent teens and young adults with disabilities, including bowling at Silver Strike and pizza making at Pizano’s Pizza.

“A lot of these kids are going to stay in the community and it’s important they are involved in different activities,” Johnson said. 
As spring kicks in, Johnson plans to take three students from Red Lodge, two from Roberts, and one from Joliet to compete at the Yellowstone Valley Area Spring Games, held in Billings on April 26 - 27. The competitions include: bowling, power lifting, gymnastics, cycling, aquatics, track and field, bowling, and aquatics. Following the events, a dinner and dance are held Saturday evening.

Upcoming Events

  • Saturday, February 24, 2018 - 10:00am
    An Overeaters Anonymous group will meet every Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Grace Fellowship Church, Absarokee.
  • Sunday, February 25, 2018 - 1:00pm
    Long, cold winter getting you down? Get out of the house and join the fun on Sunday afternoon for Bingo to help the homeless pets of Carbon County. Be there for Beartooth Humane Alliance Bingo, Sunday, Feb. 25, from 1 p.m. - 4 p.m., at the Red Lodge Elks Club.
  • Monday, February 26, 2018 - 7:00pm
    Joliet Group meets at the Community Center Monday at 7 p.m.
  • Tuesday, February 27, 2018 - 7:00pm
    Now Group meets at the Bridger United Methodist Church, 222 W. Broadway (west entrance of church) Tuesday at 7 p.m.
  • Wednesday, February 28, 2018 - 9:30am
    Open 2nd and 4th Wednesday 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. and from 7 p.m. – 8 p.m. 206 N ‘D’ Street. More info 662-1060.
  • Thursday, March 1, 2018 - 7:00pm
    Meets every Thursday, 7 p.m. – 8 p.m. at the Red Lodge Area Community Foundation, 122 S. Hauser. It is open to all. 425- 1755.