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More volunteers needed to ‘Power Lunch’ with young readers

A dozen second-grade readers are on a list just waiting for your help. The new “Power Lunch” volunteer program at Carbondale Elementary School has been so successful that more adult reading mentors are needed. Already 19 local volunteers have signed up to eat and read with youngsters one day a week. The program helps emphasize the importance of reading in daily life.

“The success of the program really has exceeded my expectations. As more kids get involved, more kids want a partner ” it’s contagious,” said reading teacher Kim Hamilton. “The partnerships are having so much fun, and all they’re doing is reading.”

Mentor volunteers are asked to bring a sack lunch or pick up a school lunch and read from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. one day a week. Contact Kim at 704-1915 or to get involved.

Layman family benefit

A benefit dinner will be held on Sunday, Feb. 22, to assist the family of Bobby Layman with the mounting expenses resulting from his skiing accident on Dec. 23, 2003.

Bobby, a popular student and athlete at Rifle High School, remains in a coma and has been transferred from St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction to a rehabilitation facility in Golden.

St. Mary Parish and the Knights of Columbus are preparing a pit-fired Barbeque Elk and Pork gourmet dinner from 5-7 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 22, held at St. Mary Parish Center (7th and Birch streets). A limited number of specialty cakes will be auctioned during the dinner hours. A donation of $8 per adult, $5 for kids aged 5-12 or $20 per family is requested. All proceeds (or any additional donations) go to the Bobby Layman Fund; contributions may be made at any Alpine Bank.

Recent birth

Bianca Joy Sommers, daughter of Bill and Jean Sommers of Silt, was born at 3:29 p.m. on Jan. 29, 2004, at Valley View Hospital. Bianca was 8 pounds, 11 ounces and 201⁄2 inches at birth. She joins a family which includes her older brother Max, 6, sister Livvy, 4, and her grandparents, Sue and Dave Roemer of Tucson, Ariz., Dottie Norris of Ripon, Wisc. and Chuck Sommers of Wausaukee, Wisc.

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