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‘The future is big’

Carolyn Pope/Vail DailyMembers of the L.I.F.E. collaboration: Ann Guggisberg, Megan O., Marta Jain, Raquel Villsenor, Rosy Gonzalez, Ms. Gonzalez and Jan Attoma.
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WOLCOTT ” L.I.F.E., an approach to inter-generational learning focused on the family, is a combined effort of the Literacy Project, the Youth Foundation, Colorado Mountain College and Eagle County schools.

On July 28, the Literacy Project held its fourth annual fashion show and luncheon at the Red Sky Ranch members’ lodge. Once again, Doncaster Fashions showed off their fall line as patrons enjoyed a sun-filled July afternoon and enjoyed fresh fare prepared by Chef Dan Kent.

For the fourth year, Cookie Flaum and Barbara Treat organized the event.



Family and culture are, for children, the foundations of learning, the organization believes. A literate parent, therefore, is crucial in the development of a literate child.

L.I.F.E., assisted by Jan Attoma, serves 90 children and 300 adults. “We’re here to help with reading skills and to encourage kids to have fun in school because school is fun,” Attoma said.



The three components of L.I.F.E. are early childhood education, English classes for adults, and teaching parents and children together.

Many local families are getting in on this program, and, with the parent as the role model, children can’t help but follow along to keep up with their mom or dad.

“The future for my son is big in this county,” said Marta Jain, a parent who is learning English in the program. “I go to learn English to help my son. It’s very important, this program.”



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