Be Our Guest!

Books are important – they have the power to take us through fantastic journeys! Riding along the deep folds of their pages, stories create a world of make believe. A place, where we can get lost and allow our minds to expand with a sense of wonder and anticipation of what will happen next.

Everyone deserves those wondrous moments of unleashing their imagination – especially students. On March 17th, Disney’s animated classic “Beauty and the Beast” will be brought to life with a special screening hosted by Reading is Fundamental (RIF) and the Student Advancement Foundation (SAF). Aiming to put a book in the hands and hearts of every GRPS elementary student, this fundraiser invites you to ‘be our guest’ and come out to share in this live-action journey of a beautiful, independent young woman, an enchanted castle and the Beast who inhabits it.

Adding to this memorable evening will be Belle herself, played by City High’s very own Ashley King.  Stopping for photo ops and greeting guests as they arrive, Ashley can’t wait to play make believe as the heroine to one of the most beloved of fairy tales.

Recollecting all those Halloweens she dressed up in the iconic flowing, golden ruffled gown, Ashley gushes, “Beauty and the Beast was and is my favorite!”

Planning on bringing her friends along to this special fundraiser, the night’s purpose isn’t lost on her. “I remember being so excited when RIF distributed books. I was really into Captain Underpants and Magic Tree House. I still love to read and want to make sure this fundraiser is a big success!”

On her way to the University of Michigan on a full scholarship this fall, RIF and SAF are pleased to be receiving some love from Ashley. As the self-described “Queen of Extracurriculars,” Ashley participates in multiple activities, from cheerleading and track, to E Club and playing the clarinet in the Philharmonic Orchestra through St. Cecelia’s – all while maintaining a 4.0 GPA and helping her sister with homework.

“I know I’m busy, but I make time for what I want to make time for. This is important to me, because it is important to the students of GRPS,” Ashley says. “I want little girls, who look like me, to know that black princesses exist too.”

“I want adventure in the great wide somewhere. I want it more than I can tell. And for once it might be grand,
to have someone understand, I want so much more than they’ve got planned.” – Belle

A successful night will mean that more than 10,000 GRPS elementary students will receive their very own book. If you haven’t bought your tickets for this delightful evening, consider purchasing them now! Visit:  https://secure.qgiv.com/for/batb/

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