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SHAC students to enjoy dinner, pops concert

Pictured from left to right during the money presentation from the Southwest Optimist Club are: West Fargo High Principal Gary Clark, SW Optimist President Larry Grinaker, SHAC Graduation Coach Pam Raeszler, and RSVP Metro Youth Partnership Coordinator Denise Peterson.

West Fargo High SHAC students will enjoy dinner at Basies Restaurant, located in the Ramada Plaza Suites, and the FM Symphony Holiday Pops Concert at the Fargo Theatre the evening of Dec. 16, thanks to Basies, the FM Symphony and Fargo's Southwest Optimist Club.

Basies is donating part of the cost of the meal, and the Southwest Optimist Club donated $300 to cover the rest of the expense associated with the meal. The FM Symphony donated the pops concert tickets. The RSVP Metro Youth Partnership brought the Optimists and the SHAC kids together which prompted the donation for the evening of dining and fun.

"Our students are thrilled to earn this night out as a reward for their hard work to stay in school. Several of our SHAC kids have never been to a concert or a nice dinner like Basies puts on for us. We're really grateful that RSVP Metro Youth Partnership helped to make this happen with the Optimists and the FM Symphony," stated Pam Raeszler, SHAC graduation coach. "Our students really blossom when they see how people in the community care about them."

The Southwest Optimist Club is one of more than 2,900 Optimist Clubs around the world dedicated to "Bringing Out the Best in Kids." Adult volunteers join Optimist Clubs to conduct positive service projects in their communities aimed at providing a helping hand to youth. With their upbeat attitude, Optimist Club members help empower young people to be the best that they can be.

The mission of the RSVP Metro Youth Partnership is to mobilize the community, providing training and programs to connect all citizens with area children and young adults. MYP works with all people to build a strong network of assets -building blocks essential for the healthy development of young people. To learn more visit: