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7/31/2013 11:25:52 AM

GMS PTA says thank you
It has been an amazing two years for Greenacres Middle School and the GMS PTA. We wanted to thank the families and businesses of this amazing community for their support and to let them know what we did with their monetary donations. 

In 2011-2012, $15,845 was provided to GMS through the PTA. This helped update two labs with brand new Multipoint Servers, providing 60 workstations. This  money also helped purchase five SMART boards. 

In 2012-2013, $47,000 was provided to GMS through the PTA. This allowed for the purchase of 18 additional SMART boards and four SMART Response systems (two math and two general). 

To the hundreds of families and businesses who donated over the past two years, thank you for your support in changing the educational opportunities for our GMS students.
                              Michelle German, President 
                              Laura Wampler, Co-Vice President
                              Stephanie James, Co-Vice President 
                              Christine Ohlsen, Secretary
                              Kelli Gardner, Treasurer
                              GMS PTA Executive Board

Thanks for making the Relay a success
The 2013 Liberty Lake Relay for Life was a great success, raising more than $26,000 in preliminary totals - with Team F-5 raising more than $9,000 alone! 

The teams decorated their sites with themes from various decades, and it was really fun to see the costumes. Again, F-5 really knocked it out of the park with their three-tent setup representing the "Celebrate, Remember, Fight Back" theme of Relay for Life.

Thanks to Mirabeau Park Hotel and Cindy Esch for organizing a special catered dinner for our honored survivors.  They really made it very special for our special guests and their caregivers.

And, of course, our wonderful Kiwanis friends provided breakfast again. They do so much for our community. Along with breakfast, we had the Ryan Larsen Band, a favorite in the local area, and I am grateful they came to entertain us so early in the morning as they had a show until 2 a.m. the night before, and three shows including us on Saturday. Thanks also to Tony Townsend and family for their help. Thanks to Home Depot for the fun kids crafts. The Stateline Speedway is also very helpful by having a Relay NIght at the Speedway, where a 50-50 raffle helped raise money for this cause. 

There are more to thank, so please also see the advertisement in this issue. Thanks in general to all the entertainment, helpers, committee people and friends and family who jumped in to help out. 

But we need more help to put on this grand of an event. Come and find out what we are doing. There are many ways to help, teams to raise money, individual donations, volunteers to set up or take down - plan with us. You can contact Jennifer Kronvall, our ACS staff partner, at 242-8303 or jennifer.kronvall@cancer.org.

I know that almost everyone has had some kind of experience with this disease, and I know we all want to fight it!  
                              Jean Simpson
                              Co-organizer, 2013 Liberty Lake Relay for Life

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