Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Answer the Call of the Gresham Barlow Education Foundation

The letter below was submitted to the Editor, Mark Garber, of the Gresham Outlook

Dear Editor,


Every year for the past number of years busy high school kids have given up their evenings for a week in February to help raise money to support reading programs in our schools. Kids who read well are better students, better students get to college. College graduates make for a better work force and community. Kids who read well become adults who help build strong communities.

My wife and I have raised five children and they all attended Schools in the Gresham District. We have good teachers, but they can’t do it one their own, We need to support our teachers and students. As a business man, and as a person who can see that the future of our community rests in the hands of these kids, I want to do everything I can to make sure our students are successful readers. I’m behind the Gresham-Barlow Education Foundation’s Phone-a-thon and you can be sure that I’ll be happy to “Answer the Call” February 21st – 24th.

Bob & Jacki Lilly

Gresham