The Rim Country Literacy Program held its Summer Cool-Off Tea fund-raiser Saturday at St. Philip's Catholic Church.
Besides lunch, the event featured a silent auction, door prizes, a fashion show, music by Flautas Maderas, and a special appearance by the Red Hat Strutters.
"We sold over 130 tickets," Program Director Su Connell said, "so the attendance was very good. The food was absolutely delicious and the style show surpassed the year before, and the year before somebody said, ‘You guys are raising the benchmark for doing creative things.'"
A significant percentage of the program's students can't afford textbooks, so most of the money raised will be used to provide scholarships.
"Last year we subsidized almost a quarter of the students who came to us, and we helped close to 300 students," Connell said. "We don't want anybody not to read or improve because they can't afford a book. That would break our hearts."
The Rim Country Literacy Program is a nonprofit organization that offers:
- Adult basic education, an opportunity for adults to learn to read or improve their basic literacy skills.
- General Education Development (GED), which prepares students to pass a test for a high school equivalency diploma.
- English as a Second Language (ESL), which uses tutors and classes to help non-English speaking residents learn English.
- Citizenship Classes, which prepare students to test for United States citizenship.
- Family Literacy Program teaches adults to improve their reading skills, which in turn helps their children become better readers, and also promotes parent-child literacy activities in the home.
To find out more about the program and how you can help, call Su Connell at (928) 468-RCLP (7257) or visit the program's website at RCLP@cbiwireless.com or http://literacy.inpayson.com.