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Grand County Realtors support local students

Penny Rafferty Hamilton
Volunteer Grand County Board of Realtors

Recently, the Grand County Board of Realtors (GCBOR) awarded over $6,500 in scholarships to Middle Park High School students, Cassandra Strang, Leah Anderson, Nichole Fuqua, Sam Herbert, Emily Hetzler, and Lauren Atzman. Hannah Machhione, who graduated last year and is in her sophomore year of college, also received funds. Another $3,000 in Realtor funded scholarships were awarded to West Grand High students, Savannah Ramirez, Jessica Elliot and Abigail Grey.

Jean Wolter of Real Estate of Winter Park explained how the Grand County Board of Realtors raises the money for the student scholarship program. “Realtor volunteers ask the real estate and business community to donate $100 for a business size ad in the Grand County Real Estate Guide. Craig Baker, who publishes this important color magazine in partnership with GCBOR, donates 100% of these proceeds to the

scholarship program.”

Jean has worked tirelessly on this important project. If you are interested in supporting this local student scholarship program, please contact Jean Wolter at (970) 531-2403. She would love to hear from local business owners.

GCBOR also sponsored the annual ROPE luncheon at the East Grand Middle School for the 8th graders. Krys Boy, GCBOR MLS Administrator, explained this student outreach program. “ROPE stands for Rites of Passage Experience, which is a celebration for the 8th graders at the end of each school year. All eight graders must do a 20-30 presentation on who they are, what they have accomplished and learned and present something of their choice in front of family, friends and a teacher.

“The Realtor Board proves pizza, soft drink and cake for about 127 students and teachers to help celebrate this great event and the students’ accomplishment. Mike Ray, broker with Century 21 Winter Park Real Estate, was instrumental in developing the ROPE sponsorship,” Boy said.

For all of us, learning never ends. A Chinese proverb says learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere.