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Eagle Valley teams gear up for annual overnight

Cindy Ramunno

On the last day of school, elementary-aged school kids from Gypsum and Eagle can celebrate the summer with their friends at overnight clinics run by Eagle Valley High School students.

This is the third year that downvalley elementary school students can participate in the friendship- and skill-building programs, which are also fund-raisers for the Eagle Valley High School’s dance and football teams.

Both clinics – dance for girls and sports for boys – are on the last day of school, June 3. They are overnight adventures for kids and a good break for parents.

The girls’ is held at the AmericInn Hotel in Eagle. Girls learn dance techniques – including hip-hop, jazz and lyrical moves – from Eagle Valley High School dance team members. Then the girls eat pizza and have a sleep-over with the older students at the hotel. AmericInn sponsors the popular event.

The football team hosts a “sports fest” where Devil football players teach sports techniques and teamwork skills to the boys. This is somewhat of a ‘guy’s night out’ and boys play all sorts of sports, including hockey, football and basketball.

They also get pizza and a chance to spend the night in the high school gym with the older athletes.

Both events are organized by age group and adult supervise the clinics. Boys and girls also receive a camp T-shirt. Cost for the dance clinic is $45 and the sports fest, $40. In addition, there is an option for parents to have the kids attend the clinic, but not spend the night.

“These fund-raisers have been very successful in the way that they promote our different programs and younger students walk away with good role models to look up to,” says Dave Scott, Eagle Valley High School’s athletic director.

Scott adds it’s a win-win-win situation for both students and their parents.

“It’s a chance for our high school kids to connect with elementary kids and it’s an opportunity for parents of those younger kids to get a break or have a ‘date night’,” Scott says.

Spaces for the popular clinics fill up fast. For more information, or to register, call 328-2301.

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