Smiley Middle School Students Carve Out Snow in the Mountains

After months of planning and collaborative efforts, Smiley Middle School’s Ski and Snowboard Trip became a reality.  A lucky group of 39 students were able to experience an awesome trip to Winter Park Resort with Denver Parks and Rec and the Learn to Ski and Ride Program.  These students were nominated by teachers based on academic achievement, attendance, behavior, and positive attitude, making the trip a very special occasion.

Following a rambunctious ride up to Winter Park and a considerable amount of time gearing up, the students were ready to hit the slopes.  Upon arriving at the bunny hill, a group of experienced skiers were able to prove their skills and head up to the big mountain right away.  The other groups stayed at the bunny hill where they were able to work on their basic skills and technique for the morning.  Full of falls, struggles to stand up, and successful runs, the morning session was a blast!

After a great lunch, the students all headed up to the bigger runs up the mountain.  From stories and pictures, it seems like they had an even better time than the morning.  I can’t be sure exactly what happened, since Winter Park instructors took the kids up the mountain, but it seems like the students really improved from morning to afternoon; I couldn’t be more proud.  Overall, I would have to say that the trip was a huge success.

I would like to send a huge shout out to all of the teachers, parents, and other AmeriCorps members who dedicated their time to make this trip happen.  This trip would not have been possible without the support of a team.  Thank you!

Please check out a video slide show here to see pictures of Smiley students in action!

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