Skating fund-raiser provides enduring benefits |

Skating fund-raiser provides enduring benefits

A packed room full of students, faculty, staff and volunteers at Colorado Mountain College’s Glenwood Center celebrated a successful fund-raiser for CMC’s Learning Labs on Tuesday.

The Learning Labs help students get their GED, learn English or advance their basic skills.

Mountain Inline Skating owners Jodi Thimsen and Cris Hauskins raised $4,660 by skating 165 miles along Florida’s Gold Coast last fall. It was the second year in a row they skated to help the students.

At the celebration, Learning Lab students and faculty told Hauskins, Thimsen and event sponsor Alpine Bank and the bank’s chairman, Bob Young, how the funds helped them transform their lives.

“You are helping to fulfill many dreams and the success of this program has multiplied due to your efforts,” said associate professor of developmental education Diane DeFord.

“I am so exceedingly proud of you for taking these first steps for achieving your dreams,” Young told the students.

Proceeds from the fund-raiser provide Learning Lab students with books and tuition.

“This was my incredible privilege to do this,” said Hauskins.

The students presented flowers and plaques to Thimsen, Hauskins and Young for the financial assistance.

Student Edelmira Rascon recounted how help to buy a $140 textbook enabled her to keep coming to school while working two jobs to make ends meet for her family.

Student and mother of five Nicole Koch said, “My biggest fear at the beginning of working on my GED was failure. But, at that point I felt I didn’t have anything else to lose.”

Now that she has her GED, she is studying to be a bilingual education teacher.

For information on CMC’s Learning Labs, contact Diane DeFord at 947-8484.

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