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Indebted to the AYC

Dear Editor:

The Aspen Youth Center located at the Aspen Recreation Center across from Aspen High School rocks!

We have all been blessed this summer by the Aspen Youth Center opening its doors for all youth in the area who are entering grades 4 through 12 next fall. My wife and I have five, yes, five adopted children, and the AYC has been a breath of fresh air for our family this summer. Yes, can you believe that the AYC is absolutely free all day long from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. for kids? This has lifted such a huge burden off our shoulders, and our kids have something – actually many things – to do at the AYC every day, and they can’t wait to get there.

Just a few of the exciting activities they rave about and are available to anyone include: shooting pool, table tennis, foosball table, card games, dodge ball, service projects, basketball, lots of physical activities, Wii games and yes, even quiet time for reading. Three of our boys recently returned from the overnight sleep over at the AYC after a midnight viewing of the latest Harry Potter movie and came straight to basketball camp the next morning raving to everyone about how much fun they had. They have had the opportunity to do community service, horseback riding and will be going rafting this week.

We cannot begin to thank enough the dedicated staff who organize and supervise these kids every day to allow adults more freedom to work and play while their children are flourishing in a safe and fun environment. I now know that this is only possible because of the kind generosity of a anonymous person who donated the funds to cover all children’s entrance fees into the AYC. It has been such a great help to our family and many other families in the valley.

A huge thank you for making this possible and if anyone can donate in the future to keep this ball rolling, you have one thankful family here that is indebted to you. I’m sure there are many, many others who feel the same way as well.

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Steve and Mardi Ketchum

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