Start Your Engines…!

Although several of my family and friends are still busy shoveling snow and turning up the heat in the East and Northeast, I am starting to see some signs of early Spring in my part of the country. I just love this time of year.

In Copey, the summer is ending with school bells ringing in the new school year.

Steven and Evelyn Videa Gonzales. Both AGB Scholarship recipients in 2014 and possibly in 2015. New school supplies bought with prior donations. They are siblings.
Steven and Evelyn Videa Gonzales. Both AGB Scholarship recipients in 2014 and possibly in 2015. They are siblings. New school supplies bought with prior donations.

This means young students are heading to the Learning Center for a new year of excitement and learning. Two new volunteer teachers have arrived to assist Eve whose volunteer time in Copey is growing short. There is so much change underway with new volunteers, new school year, new Scholarship recipients, and many new potential changes for the Learning Center.

Our support for the new position continues with plans to raise the rest of the funds needed. We have about $700 in donations now and still plan to raise an additional $1,800.00. Several local Washington supporters (“Friends”) will be helping with a fund-raiser. Many of you can still help even from a distance. Stay in touch with my upcoming Posts and keep informed on our progress.

Do I sound excited? Well, I really am. Everything just seems to be heading in the right direction and I am so proud of the “Friends of Copey”.

Jeff Gordon

Yesterday, I watched my second most favorite sport, NASCAR racing.  The season is getting  underway as the drivers are preparing for the BIG RACE next Sunday…The Daytona 500.

In NASCAR, this race is considered the Super Bowl of stock car racing. My favorite driver Jeff Gordon won the pole position  and will be in front when the race starts next Sunday. Gordon (four-time Champion) has announced this will be his last season driving the famous #24. So, I am taking all this as a very positive sign that both the Learning Center and Gordon are going to make the next 9 months very exciting and unforgettable.

Gordon is one of the really good guys. Check out I have appreciated Gordon’s respect for his sport. He has been a positive role model for both kids and adults during his career. While at the Las Vegas Speedway in 2013, my grandsons and I shared a moment in front of Gordon’s picture. He did not win that day but it was a very special day to remember anyway!

With Grandkids at Vegas Speedway supporting #24
With Grandkids at Vegas Speedway supporting #24

So as they say in NASCAR racing….”All you ladies and gentlemen (in Daytona and Copey)….it is time to start your engines!”

                      Let’s Roll #24 



2 thoughts on “Start Your Engines…!”

  1. Great news. Fifth graders and Ms. B. wish our friends in Copey the best school year ever. We look forward to corresponding with you and hearing more of the great news. Congratulations on your many successes. Eve, we wish you and your volunteers the very best. We are snowed in here in Virginia, so school is cancelled. Hopefully, we will get back soon. Enjoy the learning! Peace, Lisa Baldwin and High Point fifth graders

  2. So very glad to hear from you. You are such a big part of this project and the kids will have a fantastic year with your leadership with the Pen Pal program. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for being there…in the snow and all. God Bless you. Scrapper

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