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Readers Say Thanks

Post Independent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

The Class of 2011 has moved on from Roaring Fork High School. They celebrated safely on the night of their big event with Project Graduation. This party is held yearly in honor of the graduates and is only possible with the tremendous efforts and support of many, many individuals.

The community as a whole makes monetary contributions that are used to purchase prizes and gift certificates from local merchants wherever possible. Parents and businesses donate time, food, and merchandise to make the evening a memorable one for all the seniors.

The list of donors is lengthy and each will be acknowledged individually, but I would like to publicly thank Nicki Zugschwerdt, who single-handedly organizes all the volunteers and has the agenda nailed from start to finish. Her last graduating senior left the school nine years ago, and Nicki still plans and pulls off this great event for our kids out of the goodness of her heart.

Also, Bob Olenick from the Red Rock Diner generously opens his restaurant and kitchen in the wee hours of the morning to provide an early morning breakfast to all the graduates year after year, even in these tough economic times. He quietly donates time after time and is a stellar member of our community.

I can’t adequately describe the gratitude we, as parents, feel toward this small and very special community that values the youth of our town to such a degree. Having grown up in Carbondale, these kiddos have a great foundation from which to spring.

This community has modeled the many important attributes we hope they will take forward with them into the future, such as caring, generosity and participation for the greater good.

Many thanks again to all who made this safe alternative possible. Please continue to support all our local businesses.

Robin Garvik


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