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3/12/2013 5:00:00 PM
RDO shares the green and shows their commitment to education
RDO general manager of Southwest Agriculture Ian Carey and regional sales manager Trent Klomhaus presented the Desert Learning Center founder and Board Director Susan Fisher with a check for $10,000.
RDO general manager of Southwest Agriculture Ian Carey and regional sales manager Trent Klomhaus presented the Desert Learning Center founder and Board Director Susan Fisher with a check for $10,000.
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BLYTHE - Farmers ask each other, "What color is your farm?" The question refers to the color of the tractors each farmer has on his farm. Green is John Deere. Green is also the color of money, and the RDO Equipment Company, regional dealer for John Deere, has shared it's green with Desert Learning Center, a new non-profit, private school scheduled to open in Blythe in September.

On Friday afternoon, Ian Carey and Trent Klomhaus presented the Desert Learning Center with a check for $10,000. Receiving the check was Susan Fisher, founder and board director. Carey, RDO general manager of Southwest Agriculture and Klomhaus, regional sales manager, traveled from Yuma to present the check and to share their excitement about RDO support for this community project.

The Ronald D. Offutt family, headquartered in Fargo, N.D., have owned and operated RDO locations since 1968 and are committed to the communities they serve in 60 locations over nine states as well as Russia, Ukraine and Australia, providing equipment for farming, construction, lawns and gardens.

Desert Learning Center began during October 2010. The group of parents and community leaders signed the lease for the former Zion Lutheran campus in January. Construction and renovation of classrooms and play areas has begun in preparation for the Sept. 3 opening.

The RDO contribution is added to other funds from the community. Fisher thanked the men from RDO and expressed her appreciation for RDO and all the merchants, farmers and families who have contributed to the school.

Open house for Desert Learning Center will be held on March 14 at the DLC campus, 721 E. Chanslorway.

Information about the school and registration materials will be available, as well as an opportunity to meet two visiting teachers. Light supper will be served. Parents and community members interested in this non-profit, private school option for elementary education are welcome.


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Reader Comments

Posted: Friday, March 22, 2013
Article comment by: Carmela F. Garnica

Kudos to Desert Learning Center, for providing "Choice in Education" to our community. Education is everyone's business. There should be more choices. Working for, ERU a 501 C (3) non-profit educational corporation that provides an array of services to ALL children and their families in a non-traditional environment so that they may prosper socially, economically and civically, for 35 years. I'm an ERU "1975" graduate and the successful, all "English" proposal writer for ERU to provide quality services for 150 children and a workforce of 40 employees all in Blythe. Thank you for your support.

Posted: Friday, March 15, 2013
Article comment by: EL PICA BUYAS

Don't say stuff like that. @What about the ERU. Next they will say that you are trying to put them back out picking Vegetables. Because it's Farm Related. Hey at @ At what about ERU. You are one funny guy. U just made a Mexican joke. " maybe they should try to write a grant in English"

Posted: Thursday, March 14, 2013
Article comment by: @ At What About ERU

Both my kids are white as white can get, Never been around spanish before till the ERU and let me tell you that ERU is a pretty good pre school. (deleted)

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Posted: Thursday, March 14, 2013
Article comment by: At What About ERU

ERU should qualify for many grants. There are programs for minorities. Since ERU is for Spanish speaking individuals, maybe the should try to write a grant in English and they could receive all kinds of funds. Obama loves the minorities.

Posted: Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Article comment by: Farmer's Daughter

Thank you farmers for buying tractors in our area.

Posted: Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Article comment by: What About ERU?

It pays to buy tractors. That's farmers of the area.



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