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Letter: Community effort applauded

Editor, Gazette-Journal:

Two years ago I was introduced to SIDNE (Simulated Impaired DriviNg Experience) and knew it would be a wonderful experience for Gloucester students, but knew I would not be able to ask the county for the funds as budget issues were growing.

I met Lisa Britto and we discussed SIDNE at length. Lisa never forgot about that conversation. Within months of our meeting she came up with a grant idea. I began my research and when the grant application announcement came out I asked the Sheriff’s Office for permission to apply. After much discussion I was given the green light to move forward. John Hutchinson, Assistant Superintendent of Schools, was supportive of the idea and eager to include SIDNE; however the grant guidelines did not allow for the purchase of SIDNE.

A few months later Lisa called with a fundraising idea. Lisa contacted Sheriff Gentry and within a month we had the event lined up. Each of us contacted avid community supporters about SIDNE a...

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