Dear Editor:This past Saturday, many of our valley’s English-language learners had their first taste of American theater. Thanks to the help and generosity of a number of people, English in Action, a Basalt-based nonprofit that provides English instruction to immigrant adults, was able to bring a group of 40 to Theatre Aspen’s fantastic production of “Little Red Riding Hood.”English In Action would like to thank all those who made our theater outing such a great success:Thanks to Jim and Brenda Grusecki for hatching and financing the plan. Because of the Gruseckis’ vision, we were able to create an innovative theatergoing experience, which gave our adult learners the opportunity to use their English in new ways, while modeling for their children an appreciation of theater.Thanks to John Redmond of Theatre Aspen for his flexibility, and for reserving so much of the theater for us, at a discounted rate.Thanks to Dan Blankenship of RFTA for all those nifty “Blankenbucks,” which allowed us to travel together to the event, free of charge.Thanks to Steve Sklar of the Grill Next Door for being so accommodating of our hungry group of 40!Finally, I want to thank our participants. To our volunteer tutors – thank you for giving not only the gift of language, but also friendship.And to our adult learners – thank you for striving to learn English so you can participate fully in this community!I feel lucky to live in a community where people give so generously.Julie Fox-RubinExecutive directorEnglish In ActionBasalt
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