Group directors thanks community, volunteers for success of program

To the editor:

I would like to thank the parents and community members that came out to support the Recreational l After-School Program (RAD) at our annual RAD EXPO and our first annual BINGO fund-raiser.

I was so impressed by the many prizes that were donated by the businesses in our community, and I would like to extend my appreciation to each of the businesses and personal donors that help make this night a huge success. Throughout the night, I had man compliments on the two events, but I would like to pass those compliments over to the RAD board, RAD staff and volunteers that helped put it all together and make it happen.

The RAD program provided 145 students alternative activities after school for the last seven weeks. The parents of most of the students came to watch their children demonstrate or perform what they have accomplished. It was so encouraging to see so many proud parents, families, neighbors, etc. watching these children perform for the crowd.

I would like to extend my thanks to Karen Rhonke. Karen has been doing RAD's evaluations of our program voluntarily, and we appreciate all that she is doing. A big thank you to Nate Balstad for the great announcing during our successful night.

Thank you to the many volunteers that helped make a difference in a child's life by being part of RAD this last semester. It is comforting living in such a giving and caring community.

Again, thank you to everyone who came out and played BINGO and helped support the RAD After-School Program.

Diane Gould

Director, RAD After-School Program

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