To the editor:

Recently, a nice thing happened in our community. An internationally known actor, Wilford Brimley, spent a lot of time, energy and money to raise money for a local cause. The concert and celebrity dinner-auction on behalf of the Guadalupe Early Learning Center were a class act in fund-raising, but to see the 65 children sing to the audience and in turn be serenaded by Brimley was a crowning touch.As the state specialist in reading/language arts education, I have been involved in the progress of the Guadalupe School for 15 years and have always been impressed with the educational services the staff delivers to these at-risk students. Both my husband and I have served on the board of directors at different times and know how each year the school struggles with finances.

I was so pleased at the wonderful response from the patrons who made the event such a success. My thanks to Brimley, his wife Lynne, Michael Clark, who managed to keep everything running very smoothly, and others. It was, in Wilford Brimley's words, "the right thing to do."

Dr. Nancy Livingston

Utah State Office of Education