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Pico Ski Area hosts Stafford Technical Center’s annual Winter Carnival

The students at Stafford Technical Center recently enjoyed the second school-wide Fun Day, which was hosted by Pico Ski Area.

Melissa Patterson, an English teacher at Stafford Technical Center, who is also a ski instructor at Pico, was instrumental in arranging for students to be able to enjoy one of four different sports at the resort. Students could opt to either ski or snowboard, and lessons were available for any student, students could also have rental equipment waiting for them when they arrived on the mountain. Other students could snowshoe through the fields and woods; a number of Stafford instructors led the snowshoeing expedition. The other choice was to spend the day at Pico's Sports Center, where students could work out in the exercise area, swim in the pool, or just relax in the hot tub. Others chose to just sit outside on a beautiful, warm winter day around the fire pit.

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Not only was this an excellent opportunity for the Stafford students to have fun, but the day also fulfilled a number of other goals: Students, who often don't have many opportunities to interact with those in other program areas (Health Careers, Culinary Arts, etc.), were able to have fun with new friends. It was a valuable time for people to get physically active, which is always beneficial, particularly in winter in Vermont. Lastly, the day afforded many students the experience to go to a ski area and try winter sports; even though the students may live only a few miles away, many had never been to a ski resort.

In keeping with Stafford's commitment to giving back to the community, Mr. Comstock's Modern Music Class spent the day providing live entertainment to all the staff and guests of the ski area in the base lodge. The staff at Pico was welcoming, accommodating, and made it so the Stafford students had a great time.

Photos courtesy of John D'Esposito, Stafford Technical Center