Last month the first Jim Long Communications Scholarship was given, to an outstanding graduate of Victor Valley High School. This scholarship is to fund study of creative writing, journalism, photography, web design, graphic arts: all the things Jim excelled at and loved.
I am further thrilled to let you know that we have already received a generous donation toward next year's candidate. In any case, donations of any amount are gratefully accepted at any time, promptly acknowledged AND tax-deductible. Moreover, I finally have the details in front of me as I type this, so I'll let y'all know that if, say, you might happen to have a spare $20 or so at the end of the month, you might think about donating it to the cause.
If you are so inclined, just send a check made out to "VVHS Scholarship" and with the words "In honor of Jim Long" in the memorandum field. You would mail this check -- along with a short note stating the exact name and exact mailing address that you use in your tax records -- to ASB Bookkeepter, Victor Valley High School, 16500 Mojave Drive, CA 92395. For more information, call Cindi Stone, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays, at (760) 955-3300 extension 31118.
Another award in Jim's name (and not needing funding at this time) will be given out TOMORROW, 3 p.m. Saturday, June 5, 2010, in the library at Victor Valley College. This is part of the ceremony honoring the winners of the most recent writing contest at VVC, a contest that Jim won four times in the late 1990s. If anyone has the time to come by, I would be honored.