Leadership class says thank you

Dear Editor:

On behalf of the 2012-13 Leadership Class, I would like to thank the following businesses and individuals for their continuous support of the Liberty High School Leadership Class and the traditions that make Brentwood great.

The 10th Anniversary of the Liberty Idol Competition was successful, and more than $2,600 was raised for the Neto's Fund -- providing soccer opportunities for youth in the Brentwood area. It is because of the community of Brentwood, that an event like this has existed for the past decade.

First, we would like to thank Ribbons and Roses for its generous donation of flowers for the emcees, winner and technical crew. We are very grateful for their generosity and hope the community will support this local business. We would also like to thank Minuteman Press for its donation toward this year's tickets, programs and fliers. Minuteman has supported Liberty High School since the inception of Liberty Idol Competition, and we hope to work with them again in the near future. Rubio's and The Game Sports Pub 'n Pizza were also supportive of this event by providing donations of gift certificates as prizes for the event. We thank them for their continuous support of Liberty High School events!

Additionally, I would like to thank the following individuals for their work on the Liberty Idol Competition: Frank Pappas and the Liberty Film Alliance who created and edited this year's "Reject Video;" Allison Cardoza, Curtis Hutslar, Nicole Macey and Shauna Marks, who served as judges; our technical crew, Taylor Kesterson, Taylor Miller, Jared Turner, Ryan Harpole, Jason Harpole, Allie Re, Jordan Stanton, and Bailey Weber; organizers, Crystal Cummings and Chaney Lao; Liberty administrators: Pat Walsh, Sara Branstetter, Ilene Foster, Sandra Guardado, and Kevin Morris.

As we embark upon a second decade of Liberty Idol, I would like to thank all who attended this year, and previous years. As a result of the support of the Brentwood community, thousands upon thousands of dollars were donated to local charitable organizations including the Decker Children's Trust, Village Resource Center and Kayla Shepard Memorial Fund. Thank you for allowing my students to learn about generosity of spirit and the impact that one can have on the world around them.

Summer Rodriguez

Director of Student Activities Liberty High School, Brentwood

Carnival was a big success

Dear Editor:

On behalf of Garin Elementary School's PTA, we would like to extend a big thank you to all the people and companies who helped make our annual carnival a huge success.

We relied on a number of local businesses to help with the organization of the carnival. We would like to thank the city of Brentwood, Harvest Park Bowl, Swisher Cement, Deer Ridge Golf Club, Roddy Ranch Golf Course, Sticky Chicken & Ribs, Cold Stone Creamery, El Gallito Drive In, Daley Entertainment, Black Diamond Gymnastics, Brentwood Fine Meats, Far West Sanitation & Storage, Got-A-Party, Maristone Farms, and the anonymous farmer who provided all the wonderful pumpkins for our pumpkin patch.

The carnival requires many volunteers to help organize, set up, run the booths, and then do the clean up. We thank all those who helped the day of the carnival and those who sent in donations. Special thanks go to Kendra Niedziejko, Carrie Elliot, Melissa Lorenz, Norma Arreguin, Heather Rhodes, Janna and Erick Stonebarger, Jessica and Dave Johnson, Joleen and Chris Ironside, Shannon and Dave Cameron, leadership students from Edna Hill, and members of the Girl Scouts. Finally, we would like to thank the Garin staff for their continued support of our students and our Parent Teachers Association.

Kim Ruiz, Julie Wilson

Garin Elementary School teachers, carnival coordinators

Holder seen as 'positive' person

Dear Editor:

I am pleased to write this letter of support for teacher Dina Holder. I met Dina more than 10 years ago and have known her in a social setting since then.

Her children at that time were young, happy and responsible. They have grown into wonderful young adults who are living happy and productive lives. This can only be a result of excellent parenting.

In the years I have known Dina, she has always been happy, positive, supportive and encouraging to those around her. Dina is friendly, outgoing and always ready to lend a helping hand whenever needed. I feel privileged to be able to call her a friend. She is indeed a role model for all with whom she comes in contact.

Mary Webber

Brentwood

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