Thanks For Supporting Rim Country Literacy

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Editor:

On behalf of the Rim Country Literacy Program, I would like to thank everyone who participated in making our Birth of Rock ’n’ Roll fund-raiser, last Saturday, Feb. 12, a success.

Hats off to local rock ’n’ roll historian, Ray Baxter, who led this blast into the past with a documentary movie, rare video clips, a trivia contest, and lots of terrific music.

Nancy and Chuck Hallock of Uptown Espresso served a great ’50s meal and graciously allowed us to convert their dining area into a ’50s malt shop.

Elvis took time out from his busy schedule to greet folks as they arrived.

The following businesses provided door prizes: Fargo’s Steakhouse, Paradise Nails, the Roundup and Sawmill Theatres.

Most of all, we would like to thank everyone who purchased tickets, came to our event, and supported RCLP’s efforts to “Change Lives through Literacy.”

Rim Country Literacy was founded in 1994 by Lois Johnson who had a passion for literacy. For 17 years, RCLP has served the adults of Rim Country through adult basic education including GED preparation, English language and reading classes. All services are offered free of charge. In 2010 we doubled the amount of students served compared to 2009.

The year 2011 is a crucial year for RCLP, as we try to raise funds to underwrite a move to larger facilities and expand our program offerings. All help is appreciated. For more information, please call the RCLP office, 928-468-7257, Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

And for those of you who couldn’t make it Saturday, but love trivia — Did you know that Dion of Dion and the Belmonts did not take that fatal plane ride in 1959 that took the lives of Richie Valens, Buddy Holly and the Big Bopper, because he thought the $36 fare was too expensive?

Thank you again, everyone, for supporting literacy in Rim Country.

Fran Yates

Rim Country Literacy board president

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