December 3, 2012

Letters to the Editor: Dec. 3, 2012

African Growth

TO THE EDITOR: The Program for African Growth through Education (PAGE Inc.) would like to formally thank Autumn Love, Kye Turner, Brigid Daul, Justin Schneider and members of the Cardinal Yearbook, Alpha Sigma Phi and Lambda Pi Eta for holding the second North Country Blacklight Zumba-thon in support of our work to improve literacy rates in Burkina Faso, West Africa.

More than 100 individuals attended the Nov. 1 Zumba-thon at SUNY Plattsburgh, which was led by volunteer instructors Kye Turner, Maddy Bogner, Amy Rooney, Ingrid Menteguiaga, Jenna Hayden, Jessica Coupal, Kelsey Hanrahan, Mary Catherine Jadlos, Megan Briddell, Megan Brielle, Sarah Pope and Ashley Cousens.

Almost $500 was donated to PAGE Inc. for its mission to build secondary schools and provide educational materials for Burkinabe youth.

Burkina Faso has one of the highest illiteracy rates in the world, with more than 70 percent of illiterate people among adults and a rate of school enrollment of only 44.6 percent.

Based in Plattsburgh, PAGE Inc. is working to bring wider awareness to illiteracy in Burkina Faso and to advocate for collaborative solutions. The Board of Directors consists of a dedicated group of SUNY Plattsburgh faculty, staff, students and friends, who, in the face of the dire need for a basic educational infrastructure in Burkina Faso, have come together to cultivate a lasting and positive impact on the lives of young people a continent away.

We thank all involved in this fundraiser. Once again, SUNY Plattsburgh students and the North Country community have shown themselves to be generous and committed to meeting the needs of our larger world.


Board president

Program for African Growth through Education


Pottery for Pets

TO THE EDITOR: Elmore SPCA wants to thanks everyone who helped make Pottery For Pets so successful.

With a sold-out venue, 52 pieces of pottery, our sponsors, great food from local restaurants, music by Serge and the Lonestar Band, and you, we raised more than $3,600 for Elmore SPCA’s shelter animals.

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