Wednesday, October 29, 2003
A group of philanthropic Steamboat Springs High School students is asking area parents to go for a night on the town next week -- and to leave their children at school.
For the second consecutive year the high school's El Pomar Youth in Community Service group is hosting "Parents Night Out," an opportunity for moms and dads to spend some quality time sans the offspring without paying an arm and a leg for a few hours of freedom.
"How sweet it is to go out on Friday night and leave your kids, knowing they're going to have so much fun," said Millie Beall, program adviser for the EPYCS group. "Ten bucks is a great deal, and the kids have a blast."
On Nov. 7, for $10 per child, parents and guardians can leave their children at the high school from 5:30 to 9 p.m., when the EPYCS student group and Beall will supervise a night of movies, pizza, lemonade and games for children in kindergarten through eighth grade.
The students hope "Parents Night Out" will raise the $500 they need to qualify for a $7,500 matching grant from the El Pomar Foundation. Students will give the $8,000 to Northwest Colorado nonprofit organizations that help in the area of youth and family support services, specifically health awareness and abuse prevention programs.
The EPYCS program was founded in 1991 as an opportunity for students to improve the quality of life in their communities while learning about the value of community building, philanthropy and the nonprofit sector.
More than 120 high schools across the state participate in the EPYCS program, which has awarded more than $6.6 million to nonprofits during the past 13 years. Participation in Steamboat's EPYCS program more than doubled this year, from eight students to 18 students.
"It's just an opportunity to teach kids about community leadership and philanthropy," Beall said, adding that work with EPYCS is a great resume-booster.
Soroco High School and Hayden High School also have EPYCS chapters.
Each chapter is responsible for everything from determining its mission statement to selecting which nonprofits will receive funds.
EPYCS participants surveyed their peers at school to determine which community issues best reflect the concerns of the student body. Beall said EPYCS students have chosen issues that may directly affect their peers because those are problems they want to combat.
"It's what struck their heartstrings," Beall said.
Interested parents should bring their children to the high school's commons area.
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