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Ed Center to hold annual luncheon on Feb. 29

The Pagosa community is invited to attend the 10th annual luncheon of the Archuleta County Education Center, which will be held on Leap Day, Wednesday, Feb. 29, starting at 11:45 a.m. at The Pagosa Lodge.

This annual ACEC event has a twofold purpose, First, it serves as a fund-raiser for the organization that operates a budget of nearly $200,000 to plan and execute the variety of educational programs offered for all ages of people in this community. Second, it is to inform and engage us — to let us know the purpose, successes, and priority of enriching and educating people in our community.

Tickets are available for a donation of $50 each and you can put together a table of eight.

This is an event that will enlighten you to some of the trials that ordinary people go through, the steps people take to help themselves or help others, and will make you proud of your community. The ACEC board has planned an exciting format during the luncheon, which will highlight the collaboration that the ACEC has launched this year and the students participating.

Current programs offered by the ACEC include tutoring and enrichment programs for K-8 grades, the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) program at the middle school, adult learning opportunities like GED, First Aid and CPR and computer training, and classes for English language learners. In collaboration with Pueblo Community College, we are offering degree programs and college credit courses here in Pagosa Springs, as well as an alternative high school program that allows its participants to receive a diploma.

For more information, call the ACEC at 264-2835.

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