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Students raise funds for Washington D.C. or Bust 2012

A group of eighth-grade Pagosa Springs Middle School students, chaperoned by teacher Scott White, will travel to Washington D.C. in June of 2012.

As travel plans to Washington D.C. became the topic of discussion, so did the idea of forming a fund-raising group.

Parents and students joined efforts to embark on the “Washington D.C. or Bust 2012” quest to raise support for their student travel needs.

Rallying together, a number of the students proudly marched down the streets of Pagosa Springs last Friday, sporting professional attire and festive green apparel. Following the parade, the community enjoyed a traditional St. Patrick’s dinner prepared by Joanne Irons and the Youth Center staff.

Hosting the festivities, the students enjoyed an evening of enthusiastic role play. Mr. President, members of the Secret Service, the Secretary of Defense, and all the cabinet members greeted and served the community. A 50/50 and basket raffle added to the excitement as prize winners Samya Dunn claimed the cash and Lynne Bridges took home a patriotic basket.

The evening was a success, as the community support of friends and family, City Market, Alco and the Pagosa Springs Youth Center made the event possible.

The students will hold a bake sale at City Market this Saturday, March 24, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. to help support the Washington D.C. or Bust 2012 student travel needs.

If you are unable to attend the bake sale, but would like to make a donation, or need additional information, contact Tammy Jamerson at (719) 216-6699 or send an e-mail to

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