Whiteman students raise funds for herd
Erica Gallagher, a science teacher at Lowell Whiteman Primary School in Steamboat Springs, was one of 13 educators who toured the Sand Wash Wild Horse Herd Management Area 25 miles northwest of Maybell in September.
She and other teachers learned that two of the four developed water sources supplying the herd had gone dry that summer. "I realized that these horses are a piece of our living history," Gallagher said. "I wanted to bring the connection of American history and the wild horses to my students."
She took her experience back to her school, where the student council voted unanimously to get involved in repairing the water source. Gallagher, parents and students began organizing a car wash to raise money.
The students approached Frank Cefaritti, owner of Steamboat Springs' Mountain View Car Wash, asking if they could rent his facility for a day to host a fund-raiser. Not only did Cefaritti like the idea, he donated the use of his car wash and one of his employees to help with the effort.
The students raised $1,000 during the Oct. 25 car wash. The money will be used to repair water facilities at Coffeepot Spring and Sheepherder Spring.
"I am amazed at the initiative taken by Erica, the local parents, community members and students to make the car wash such a success," BLM Wild Horse Specialist Valerie Dobrich said. "These individuals recognized the wild horses' dilemma and jumped in to help."