Former KIDS RANCH Student Paul Hainz, his mother Shell Lee Hainz, Paul's tutor, Janet Brice, and Mary Bowers, Kids Ranch Education Coordinator, give testimonial to the effectiveness of the KIDS RANCH Literacy Program/Reading Connections,
and the positive aspects of KIDS RANCH programming.
Appreciation Night 2019
KIDS RANCH (KR) had a terrific crowd for our annual Appreciation Night at the ranch, August 22, 2019. It is our way of giving a special shout-out to our wonderful volunteers and donors, without whom KR would not be possible.
Our evening was emceed by newly-elected KR Board President Anne Horjus and Vice President Paul Bierman. The program featured a showing of the KIDS RANCH video, The KIDS RANCH: A Catalyst for Change (described above), featuring former KR student Paul Hainz. Paul's mother and father were our guests for the event and Paul's mother Shell Lee gave us an inspiring update on her son's success following several years in KR's school-year literacy program. Be sure to watch the video!
Dave Bowar provided further testimony to the effectiveness of the program. Dave's grandson was in our reading program and he gave a heart-felt thank you to KR for helping at a critical time in his grandson's life. To show his appreciation, Dave has provided all the food (and prepared it) for our Appreciation Night supper for the last several years. Friend Ed Silverstein once again helped serve. Our gratitude to Dave and Ed for their generosity.
A new and welcome addition to the KR annual event was musical entertainment performed by Jim and Deb Schroeder. Big thanks to Appreciation NIght co-chair Sue Halvensleben for arranging this and for the fun ranch-themed decorations she provided, among other things. Meg Allen brought wildflowers from her garden for the tables and KR board and staff worked together to setup and cleanup. The weather cooperated, too. It was a lovely evening at the ranch and we all went home with full tummies and hearts.