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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Lynn Lawrence -- Defeat Bullying!

February 24, 2012. BLOWING ROCK -- Blowing Rock News is pleased to publish letters to the editor, as long as they are written within our policies for good taste and absent hateful or obscene content. They must also have a verifiable name and contact information (we do not publish anonymous letters).

February 24, 2013

Dear Editor,

I just can't say it loud enough;  "THERE IS NO PLACE LIKE BLOWING ROCK!" 

When Gary Smith of Ensemble Stage approached me about children from Blowing Rock School wanting to start a campaign against bullying I immediately said, "How can I help?"  In turn, I said to many of you, "Will you help the children with this important project?" 

Well, you did!  With your immediate, generous response this project has become a reality. These three, age appropriate plays are entitled, "Three Bully Goats Griff," "Bystanders," and "Last Testament."  The children will be presenting all three plays Friday evening, March 1st, at 7:00 p.m. -- free of charge to the public -- at the Blowing Rock School auditorium.

I would personally like to thank the following people who joined J.B. and me with generous donations to this anti-bullying project:  Mr. & Mrs. John Aldridge, Mr. & Mrs. Tom Alexander, Mr. & Mrs. John Beall, individuals from the Blowing Rock Rotary Club, Janice Burns, Mr. & Mrs. Harry Cole, Mr. & Mrs. Byron Cooke,  Debbi & Tony DiSanti, Dr. & Mrs. Marshall Edwards, Mr. & Mrs. Dale Edwards, Mr. & Mrs. Paul Fairbetter, Bill and Joellyn Gibbons, Marianne & Bill Hall, Mr. & Mrs. Don Hubble, Mr. & Mrs. Jerry Hutchens, Dieter & Karyn Kennedy Herterick and the Ethel and W. George Kennedy Family Foundation, Steve and Kim Kincaid, Bill Leahey, Mr. & Mrs. John Marshall, Mr. & Mrs. Doug Matheson, Bob and Sandy Miller, Elizabeth M. Muraro, Betty Pitts, Mr. & Mrs. Roger Robertson, St. Mary's of the Hills Episcopal Church, Genie & Jerry Starnes, Mr. & Mrs. Jim Steele, Ginny & Dave Stevens, Butch & Gina Triplett, and Howard and Diane Williams. 

It's not too late for others to get involved in supporting this production.  They may send their tax deductible donation to Ensemble Stage, P.O.Box 2606, Blowing Rock, NC 28605.  The children will thank you and so do I!

I also want to thank the parents who have supported their children acting in these plays by bringing them to practice and encouraging them to stand up against bullies -- by getting involved in this project!

I cannot find words adequate enough to thank Gary Smith and Lisa Lamont of Ensemble Stage for all that they have done to bring this project to reality.  Thank you, thank you Gary and Lisa.!

We can all thank them by supporting Ensemble Stage as they continue to bring quality theater to Blowing Rock.

I hope that you will join me this Friday evening by making it a priority to support these children with your presence.  Come witness our future leaders and celebrate their hard work and passion for this life changing cause.

See you at the Theater!

Lynn Lawrence, Blowing Rock

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