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It is with much gratitude that I write this letter on behalf of myself and the board of Junior Achievement of the Roaring Fork Valley. Our organization’s vision is to bridge the gap between education and real life by providing students with economic programs that reinforce the importance of staying in school. One way we accomplish this is through sponsoring career days for all eighth-grade students from Aspen to Parachute. This large task can only be accomplished through the help of volunteers from the communities who mentor, encourage and inspire the students to dream big.I’d like to thank the volunteers who worked with the students at Riverside Middle School in New Castle: Rick Abernethy, Trent Bakich, Joellyn Bradley, Barb Clifton, Clayton Collier, Dennis Eicher, Chet Garling, Anne Guettler, Jeff Johnson, Julie Kerr, Rhonda Krell, Pam Pine, Kendall Ross, Dan Spradlin and Robin Tolan. I would also like to thank the following community members who worked with Glenwood Springs and Carbondale eighth-grade students: Abraham Baeza, Ian Bays, Rick Carlson, Clayton Collier, Herb Feinzig, Bob Fullerton, Jeff Jackson, Jason Dunlap, Bill Kight, Bob Littler, Sandy Lowell, Frank Martin, Frank McSwain, Jeff Neer, Myles Rovig, Yuani Ruiz, Jonathon Shamus, Steve Shute and Pete Waller.Another career day occurred in Rifle at Rifle Middle School. A thank-you goes out to William Alfini, Renee Brest, Carrie Click, Matt Deem, Lavonne Fitts, John Green, Julie Hart, Joelle Milholm, Dan Spradlin, Herman Witzig and Dan Young. Finally, the career day in Parachute couldn’t have been possible without the help from Clayton Collier, Julie Ann Kerr, Jeff Johnson, Ava Lanes, Nancy MacGregor, Lisa Scott, Dan Spradlin, Robin Tolan and Debbie Wilde.Anne Frank said it best when she said, “How lovely to think that no one need wait a moment, we can start now, start slowly changing the world. How lovely that everyone, great and small, can make their contribution.” It is undeniable that these volunteers did just that on career day.Amy Spradlin, district managerJunior Achievement of the Roaring Fork Valley

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