We are writing as representatives of over 100 fourth-graders at Crystal River Elementary School to thank Sunlight Mountain Resort for an awesome day of free skiing and snowboarding. On Thursday, Jan. 10, we rented snowboards, skis, boots, helmets and poles for free. Sunlight gave all of us free lift tickets for the day and a free season pass certificate.
Seventy of us had never skied or snowboarded before, and they gave us free lessons.
Milton said, "My favorite part was when the ski patrol taught me how to do the pizza."
Many of our friends said that they had never been on a chairlift before and they loved it.
Ty and Letey's favorite part was when they went down Ute because it is bumpy and it made you go fast.
Anna said, "My favorite is when I learned how to ski."
Thank you, Sunlight, for giving us the opportunity to ski and snowboard.
Letey Crownhart and Edwin Nunez Castillo
Mrs. Blanchard's fourth-grade class
Crystal River Elementary School
I would like to take a moment and thank the teachers and staff at Elk Creek Elementary in New Castle.
For the past few years, my son struggled with school, starting with a bad experience in kindergarten. He never seemed to get it. He always seemed to be in trouble. I worried greatly that he would be one of those kids that hit 16 and decided school wasn't for him.
But through the persistence and the faith of his teachers, principal and counselor at Elk Creek, my son is excelling this year. He is doing things I never thought were possible. This year my son made the Gifted and Talented program.
As a mom, I am so proud of the progress and effort put forth by my son. I am so elated that he now takes pride in his work and his school. It has been a trying couple of years, but we couldn't have done it without people like Carrie Hassel, Mrs. Best, Lynette Carlsgaard and Mr. Brandis. They never left my son's side, and helped me push him to see his true potential.
I need to throw another huge thank you to his football coaches as well. It seems that my son has found a niche. Without coaches like the ones he had this past year, he may have given up on that, too.
I think this just shows what an amazing community we live in. New Castle cares for its children. I couldn't be a prouder resident. Thanks again, Elk Creek and coaching staff for the everything. I can't wait for him to call all of you in 10 years to tell you where he's at and what he accomplished next.