In one week last month, the Strawberry Park Elementary School Student Council raised more than $2,000 for the Haiti earthquake relief effort. Student Council members presented Wish For Haiti’s Tracy Metzler with the check Feb. 26.
Sherry Holland, one of the Student Council’s advisors, said the money was raised Feb. 8 to 12 during the school’s “Hearts for Haiti” week. The week included a number of activities, including collecting coins in classrooms, selling Olympic-related items in the school store, selling 25-cent cookies and delivering valentines to students from their parents.
“What I think is profound, there’s a lot of hurt in the world,” Holland said. “Our kids are fortunate and they know it. Something that speaks positively about our kids is when they’re called to help, they step up to the plate.”
Holland said staff and parents also contributed to the effort.
Wish For Haiti is an aid organization started by Steamboat Springs residents Nick and Tracy Metzler, Tracy’s sisters and their families. It supports an orphanage in Port-au-Prince that was demolished by the earthquake.
Strawberry Park student wins ski area contest
Natalie Simon, a fourth-grader at Strawberry Park Elementary School, was the grand prize winner in Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp.’s SlopeWise Safety Poster contest.
The contest, in its 10th year, was created to help teach the importance of slope safety in a fun way, Steamboat Ski Patrol Director John Kohnke said in a news release.
Natalie was awarded a Steamboat Ski Area season pass and $50 cash Thursday. Three winners also were named from each Routt County school that participated in the poster contest, in addition to Strawberry Park. First-place winners received $50 cash. A $25 Steamboat gift card went to second-place winners, and third-place winners received a pizza pack.
This year’s contest received more than 225 poster entries. The poster contest was accompanied by a safety presentation from members of Ski Patrol. More than 1,400 students in the county heard the presentation, according to Ski Corp.
Other school winners, first through third place, include: Annie Martin, Tyler Anderson and Lance Johnson at North Routt Community Charter School; Miles Borden (Lowell Whiteman Primary School), Wyatt Gray (LWPS) and Amie Cooke (home-schooled) from the LWPS/Home School category; Dylan Wall, Halle Hamilton and Joey Deckler from Hayden Valley Elementary School; Ethan Walker, Keelan Vargas and Lauren Ehrlich and Natasha Carzon (tie) at Soda Creek Elementary School; Grace Olinger, Timothy Kaspar and Harrison Ashley and Arion Schweikert (tie) from South Routt Elementary School; Abi Berlet, Clinton Bradt and Anthony Vazquez from Christian Heritage School; and Natalie Simon, Liz Ruzicka and Ashley Spiegel (tie) and Otis Van de Carr from Strawberry Park.
Steamboat high school Olympiad team does well
The Steamboat Springs High School Science Olympiad team placed well at the regional tournament Feb. 27 in Fort Collins.
Results included: Bobby Glass and Jeff Sperry, first place in Ecology; David Kelly and Christian Poirot, fourth place in Physics Lab; Tommy Benson and Arik Funke, fifth place in Ornithology; Hannah Barkley and Ryan Hogrefe, sixth place in Anatomy; Arik Funke and Stefan Palmer, eighth place in Cell Biology; Arik Funke and Stefan Palmer, eighth place in Fossils; David Kelly and Christian Poirot, eighth place in It’s About Time; Ryan Hogrefe and Jeff Sperry, eighth place in Trajectory; David Kelley and Stefan Palmer, 10th place in Dynamic Planet; Hannah Barkley and Dan Bye, 10th place in Environmental Chemistry; and Hannah Barkley, Christian Poirot and David Kelley, 10th place in Picture This.