Literacy Program Thanks All Who Helped With Zumbathon

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Editor:

On behalf of the Rim Country Literacy Program, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who participated in making the Zumbathon for Literacy Aug. 5 such a success.

First, I need to thank Christy Walton, whose energy and expertise led the participants for two hours of Zumba dancing. When Christy needed a well-deserved break, Crystal Hart and Lisa Evans, both certified Zumba instructors, stepped in to lead. And thanks to the butt models, Kathy Vance and Claudia Mares. Butt models? You ask, “what are they?” They served a very important function. With their backs to the crowd, they served as models for participants to follow. Thanks to David Evans and Gary Walton for photographing and recording the entire event.

JoAnn Conlin of the Payson Senior Center was a wonderful hostess. The Senior Center multipurpose room was a great venue for the Zumbathon. We were even able to use the kitchen facilities. Everything we needed to stage our event was there and available.

Special thanks to our RCLP volunteers — those who volunteered their strength for set up and takedown, and those who provided the refreshments by cooking recipes from the soon to be published, RCLP International Cookbook.

Walmart, Walgreens, the Roundup, and the PHS drama department need to be thanked for their support.

But most of all, I want to thank the participants for helping to make the Zumbathon for Literacy a success. You danced, laughed, and sweat for a grateful cause.

All monies will be used to help support the Literacy programs that we offer free of charge to Rim Country, as well as to support our upcoming move to a new, larger facility on the Beeline. The mission of RCLP is to change people’s lives with providing them with the skills necessary to obtain better jobs and, eventually, be better able to give back to their community.

Thank you all for your help and support.

Fran Yates,

RCLP board president

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