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Published June 02, 2009, 12:00 AM

Appreciate help for trip to France

I take the opportunity to thank several people and the community for making my students’ trip to France a reality. What an incredible region we live in when what seems like an insurmountable goal can be attained in just a few days.

By: Suzanne Thibert, Glyndon, Minn.

I take the opportunity to thank several people and the community for making my students’ trip to France a reality. What an incredible region we live in when what seems like an insurmountable goal can be attained in just a few days.

Thank you to Tom Kenville, who surprised us all when he attended one of our meetings unannounced and told us all hope wasn’t lost. The hours of phone calls and press interviews were tiring I’m sure, yet knowing Tom, he enjoyed every minute of it.

I thank Gary Clark, principal at West Fargo High School, and the West Fargo School District administration for accommodating the area media and helping handle all the donations. Without the help of radio and TV, we know the goal would not have been reached.

As the French say, “thank you a thousand times” to every person who donated money or wished us luck. That includes area students, parents, teachers, businesses, and those people who themselves once had a dream trip that changed their life and perspective of the world. You can be sure that our community will be well represented in France by these students. Your efforts reflect the role modeling around which they are surrounded. No wonder we have such wonderful youth in the valley.

Years down the road, these students will be the Tom Kenvilles of our region when they hear of a special cause and say to themselves, “Somebody did it for me; what can I do to help?” Please look for us in the community on June 12 as the students volunteer at the Great Plains Food Bank and the two Attic Treasures locations to express their deep gratitude for your generosity.

On behalf of the 21 kids now packed and ready to take off today, merci beaucoup from the bottom of our hearts.

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