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Local BBQ chef holding feast for Centralia’s Smart program

Posted on Wednesday, July 25, 2018 at 6:27 am

Some people are stepping up to help the SMART program, Students and Mentors Achieving Responsibility Together, raise enough funds to keep helping children in the Centralia R-VI School District.

Dean Sharp at Tex Red's Solo Cup will be cooking a feast to help the SMART program.

Dean Sharp at Tex Red’s Solo Cup will be cooking a feast to help the SMART program.

September 8 at Nic N’ Noah’s on Switzler Street fans of the SMART program will be holding an all-you-can-eat, limited admission, barbecue feast to support the program.

Dean Sharp, owner-operator of Tex Red’s Solo Cup is leading the charge.

He is cooking the ‘cue for the all-you-can-eat feast.

Sharp said he is breaking out the beef pork, baked beans and hardwood for a couple reasons.

“A local benefactor who shall remain anonymous approached me with a proposition,” Sharp said. “He wanted to benefit the SMART program and offered that if I fed everybody at cost, he would pay for the food.”

Sharp, who said he “is just a worker bee, people like that benefactor deserve all the credit,” said  he would do so because he believes in the SMART program and wants to support it.

“Mrs. Lisa Matthiesen has taken kids who would otherwise not made it through eighth grade and gotten them graduated from high school. And she did with the SMART program.”

Matthiesen was pretty humble too as she stepped in to clarify Sharp’s remarks. “What Dean was trying to say is that we work with kids early on so they can walk the stage with their peers during 8th grade graduation instead of having to take summer school classes to make up for their failing grades.”

For the complete article, please see this week’s edition of the Centralia Fireside Guard.