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Thanks for helping QUEST kids get to New York City

Editor:
      For a number of years, eighth grade students, who participate in the QUEST program, have sponsored a steak dinner and silent auction to raise funds for an end of the year study trip to New York City.
      For one evening, a school cafeteria is transformed into a New York “bistro” for a night of dining and fun. After dinner, attendees are invited to participate in both live and silent auctions. The auction items, which are always interesting and varied, are donated by merchants and other members of our community. The generosity of our donors has never failed. 
      Even in the present economic downturn, merchants have not wavered in their support for this endeavor. Two local businessmen who have been especially kind and faithful are Bruce Yawn of Snooky’s Restaurant and Randy Nesmith of R.J.’s. They have given their time and shared their expertise to prepare delicious dinners throughout the years this event has been held. 
       It really does take a village to raise a child. The QUEST staff and students are grateful to be a part of a “village” like Bulloch County where support for young people is a priority. We extend our thanks, not only to the wonderful merchants and other donors who give so freely each year, but also to the superintendent and Board of Education for their support; to those who purchase dinner tickets and items at the auction; to parents who take their children to request or pick up the donations, bake desserts or give time to set up, serve dinner, and clean up.
      We’d like to thank Southeast Bulloch Middle School and Langston Chapel Middle School Principals Donna Clifton and Elizabeth Williams and their custodial staffs. Both schools have served as sites for the dinner and auction.
      Finally, I’d like to thank the teachers, Emerson Chester, Jennifer Sherrod, Patti Ward, and Sherri Cribbs, who organize and implement not just this fund raiser, but many others to help the students finance their study trip. 
       Such a trip doesn’t occur magically, rather it requires hours of volunteer time to plan and to implement.  All these contributions combined enable the students to obtain an unforgettable and educational experience in the country’s largest city. What a wonderful way for a community to come together to broaden the horizons of young people.
Susan Strickland
Coordinator of Gifted Services
Bulloch County Board of Education

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