By Shara Coughlin, Executive Director
Recently, my family and I flew back to Pennsylvania to spend some time with my parents and extended family. It was a great time to reconnect with those I hadn’t seen for a while and these two recurring themes kept jumping out at me during our time together.
#1 – I’m getting old. While I’ve been away, our family’s babies became toddlers, toddlers are going to school and the high schoolers are planning for college, getting married and having babies. How did that happen?
When we are with our children every day, their growth, physically, emotionally and academically, sneaks up on us. Somewhere between the everyday tasks of picking up toys or doing homework, we may miss the development and growth that is happening to our children right before our eyes.
#2 – Everyone seemed to share a common goal….to make a difference or have a purpose. Even my parents enjoying retirement, are still looking for ways to volunteer or help neighbors. I believe that all of us have a deep desire for our individual lives to contribute towards a mission greater than ourselves.
I want to tell you how much I appreciate people in our community having the willingness to do just that by participating in our First Annual Sedona Village Learning Center Golf Tournament Banquet and Benefit. Even with the extreme heat, many came out in support of our school. They made generous donations that helped to make our golf tournament and banquet a day that exceeded our greatest expectation. Our net proceeds for this event were upwards of $21,000 all for our scholarship program. This incredible gift enables us to provide subsidized support to additional children and families looking for a great learning experience.
This is a small community with various organizations – all with worthy causes and all with needs for donations. We are deeply grateful you in our community believe in use and choose to give us your support. Your gifts enable us to make a difference in the lives of children and families in our community.
You truly are making a difference in the lives of children and families in our community.