Successful relief effort |

Successful relief effort

Dear Editor:On behalf of the Aspen Middle School, I would like to thank everyone who volunteered to help raise funds and awareness for the tsunami relief efforts. In addition to the outstanding dinner and silent auction we hosted, basecamps and individual classes at the middle school have been working to raise funds through bake sales, bracelet sales, and by donating services (such as tutoring, car washing, snow shoveling, etc.) to the silent auction. The seventh-grade group Acts of Hope did an amazing job of organizing this event, and spent lots of time with mom Wendy Zharko working in town to solicit donations from our amazing community. The following businesses were incredibly generous in their donations; stop by and tell them “thanks” – Elevation, The Cantina, Merlin’s, Hickory House, Campo de Fiori, Clark’s, City Market, Genre, The Aspen Times, Main Street Printing, New York Pizza, The Hotel Jerome, Little Annie’s, Domino’s, The Chocolate Factory, Great Divide Music, Aspen Police Department, Aspen Sports, Mezzaluna, Kemosabe, Harmony Scott, Funky Mountain Threads, Les Chefs, Aspen Skiing Co., Paradise Bakery, Blue Maize, Boogie’s, Polar Revolution, Sharper Image, Bath and Body Works, Aspen Potters, Vintage Ski World and The Aspen Club and Spa. Special thanks to Holly Baker, Amy Hall, Jodi Searing, Judy Conarroe, Paula Canning, Debbie Kreutzer, Kris Kaplinski, Georgina Levey, Jude Prochaska, Brad Onsgard and Doreen Goldyn, who came early and stayed late to help the dinner Thursday night. Also, thanks to the many students and parents who donated food, auction items and time. It wouldn’t have happened without you all! I want to especially thank everyone in this district for working so hard, not only to help the disaster relief efforts, but for helping our kids understand the value of helping someone else.The Aspen Middle School is sending a check to Save the Children for more than $3,500! Molly KridelCounselorAspen Middle School

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