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DGW Rips Through the Southwest

February 17, 2009

Quote of the day: “Our school is really into changing the world, and you’re pushing us along”—Laina Vining, a student at Raymond S. Kellis High School.

Armed with our new Stetsons, Darius and crew headed farther west for screenings in El Paso, TX and Glendale, AZ.

The drive from Dallas to El Paso was long, but also spectacularly beautiful.

DGW driver Daniel also got into some trouble with Johnny Law when the cops clocked him driving the RV at 120. (Actually, the RV can’t go faster than 70 miles per hour, and Daniel asked the police officers to pretend-arrest him for this photo.)

We pulled into El Paso and headed straight for the Plaza Theater for a screening put together by Kristen Cox and the El Paso Community Foundation.

The Plaza is incredible, and as the movie played, we enjoyed some of its historic grandeur.

After the screening and the question-and-answer session, we got to hang out with supporters in the lobby, including Kristen’s son Kyle (above).

Most of the audience stuck around to buy merchandise and get a few words in with Darius and the crew.

After saying our goodbyes, we rode to a late dinner.

In fact, our new friend Sean drove us there. (Maybe the cops outside Dallas should have held on to Daniel, after all.)

Dinner, homemade by Luz White, was INCREDIBLE. On the road, we’re greeted with a lot of amazing food. El Paso was no exception…

and we ate WAY too much. Seriously—the best enchiladas we’ve ever had.

Thanks, Kristen (just behind and right of Darius), Luz, Kyle, Sean, Lucy, Sylvia, Plaza Theater, El Paso Community Foundation, El Paso Convention and Performing Arts Center, Always Caring Home Health, Altomar Home Health, Holiday Inn Express El Paso-Central, and all our new friends at El Paso!

Early the next morning, well-fed, well-rested, and with a sense of accomplishment over the last night’s great screening, we were back on the road, headed for Glendale, AZ.

The screening was organized by Scott Kisicki, a great friend of the cause.

Scott enlisted Aaron Lehmann (pictured, holding RV) and the student council and students of Raymond S. Kellis High School. Aaron inspires a lot of love from his students: when we mentioned Aaron during the question-and-answer session, he got a HUGE ovation from the mostly-student crowd.

We got there as the screening was going on, and we were immediately met by a welcoming committee. Students in Aaron’s communications classes had already seen the movie, and Israel, Naomi, Martin, Laina, and Marvin were there to show us around. Luckily, the campus was extremely wheelchair-accessible.

It’s always great to see students motivated by Darius…

and RSK definitely moved us with their passion and enthusiasm.

Logan wrote Raymond S. Kellis High School on the side of the RV to recognize the students’ joining our cause. Now we’re including the name of EVERY school that registers with us, so that students can be with us as we travel the country.

Thank you, Scott, Aaron, Caylee, Martha, RSK Student Council and students, Mr. Lehmann’s Communications classes, and Glendale! Go Cougars!

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One Response to “DGW Rips Through the Southwest”

  1. On February 18th, 2009, jackie said:

    We love you guys so much!

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