‘Rojo’ fundraiser to benefit Dual Immersion Academy in Grand Junction | PostIndependent.com

‘Rojo’ fundraiser to benefit Dual Immersion Academy in Grand Junction

Classical guitarist Javier de los Santos will play at "Rojo" Saturday, Nov. 9, as part of a fundraiser for Grand Junction's Dual Immersion Academy.
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WHAT: “Rojo,” a fundraiser for GJ’s Dual Immersion Academy

WHEN: 7-9 p.m. Sat., Nov. 9

WHERE: Roper Music Ballroom, 136 N. 5th St.

COST: $45

INFO: To purchase tickets, visit http://www.tiny.cc/diapta

In hopes of expanding its technology program, School District 51’s Dual Immersion Academy (DIA) will host a fundraising event called “Rojo,” a community-wide party, this Saturday, Nov. 9, from 7-9 p.m. The event will be held at the Roper Music Ballroom, at 136 N. Fifth St., in downtown Grand Junction. Tickets are $45.

Money gathered will help the school purchase more computers, iPads, and hopefully fund a technology lab instructor down the road.

“This is just one step toward that,” DIA’s PTA secretary Aaron Hoffman said of Saturday’s event.

“The DIA PTA has a goal of committing $10,000 towards funding a tech instructor.”

Entertainment planned includes classical guitarist Javier de los Santos, who will play for an audience enjoying wine and Peruvian food. Local artist Gayle Gerson will also help attendees paint with wine, and tango dancers will perform.

Bin 707 owner Jodi Niernberg said they’ll supply a dish as well — a “dry-aged beef, ‘BarbaCola’ sopes with field-to-fork CSA Radish Pico, house-made queso fresco, and Aguacate salsa.” As part of the event, Bin 707 will be donating a $100 gift certificate to benefit DIA.

“I just think so much of the school and the unique option it offers parents and students,” Niernberg said.

According to Hoffman, attending a school with a dual-immersion curriculum, where children are taught in both English and Spanish, is a benefit for local kids and their families. He currently has one child in attendance, and another will enter kindergarten there next year.

“That’s a huge advantage for future career opportunities,” Hoffman explained, “and to just have that different level of cultural awareness and different ways of thinking. As far as dual immersion curriculum, it’s a great opportunity for kids to learn to read and write in two languages.”

DIA doesn’t just offer instruction for primarily Spanish-speaking children, Hoffman added. Many primarily English-speaking children attend the school as well.

“We think this fundraiser will definitely benefit our school community,” DIA Principal Monica Heptner said. “We’re looking to support our students specifically with technology in the coming years, to help them have 21st century skills.”

For more information about DIA, visit http://www.dia.mesa.k12.co.us. To purchase “Rojo” tickets, visit http://www.tiny.cc/diapta.

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