High Altitude Society: 16th-annual Mardi Gras Ball supports St. Clare of Assisi, Vail Christian | VailDaily.com

High Altitude Society: 16th-annual Mardi Gras Ball supports St. Clare of Assisi, Vail Christian

On Saturday, Feb. 6, at the Vail Marriott Mountain Resort, supporters of two parochial schools, St. Clare of Assisi Catholic School and Vail Christian High School, came together to celebrate the successes of the schools and raise funds to help continue those successes.

Gina Demarest, director of development for St. Clare, parent Atlanta Meynier and a group of hard-working volunteers from both schools worked tirelessly to help organize this year's event, which is always a huge endeavor. It is safe to say that organizers from both schools are happy to report that this year's Mardi Gras was a fun, productive and special evening that was full of community closeness. Gratitude went out to all of the generous sponsors and underwriters of the event.

About St. Clare

St. Clare has always invited everyone from the community to come and tour the school and see what it has to offer. The administrators, staff and students welcome interested families to take a look.

St. Clare was founded in 2000 and has a small, close-knit, kindergarten through eighth-grade community of 145 students, with one class per grade and small class sizes. The school prides itself in rigorous academics that follow the Archdiocese of Denver curriculum standards. St. Clare embraces a challenging, safe and nurturing environment that enriches the heart, mind and soul for life, teaching and practicing the values of respect, responsibility and reverence.

Graduates from St. Clare, according to the school, are active in their faith, positive philanthropic participants in the community and ready to face all academic challenges they will encounter in their future.

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St. Clare has electives such as art, Spanish, music, band and physical education twice per week; a reading specialist, electives, a Buddy Program, choir, service projects, ski days and field days. Words overheard to describe students from both schools include polite, well-mannered, kind, courteous, compassionate, caring and high achieving.

About Vail Christian

Similarly, administrators at Vail Christian High School have announced that they are always happy to take interested families around their campus.

"We still have a few openings for fall enrollment and are able to help eligible families with scholarship funds," said Kathy Spangler, Vail Christian director of development. "Anyone who is serious about wanting to attend should apply to (Vail Christian)."

Jeremy Lowe, head of Vail Christian High School, shared a warm welcome message.

"Being a student here means hard work," he said. "High standards and academic excellence are expectations for each student. You'll also find teachers that care and are willing to help you be successful. It is their goal to encourage you to find your special niche and help you excel."

Being a student at Vail Christian means feeling secure and safe in an environment that lets you learn, grow and make friends, he said. It means becoming involved and developing your skills and interests through school activities and organizations.

More than 90 percent of students at the high school participate in a least one athletic or co-curricular activity. It means having the opportunity to focus on your spiritual life, through worship, service to others and personal exploration of your faith, in an affirming Christian school environment that invites all denominations.

"Being a student here means fun," Lowe said. "You'll find a welcoming community of new friends, some that will support and encourage you for a lifetime."

For more information on admissions and how to support these schools, contact Demarest at 970-376-3135 or Spangler at 970-766-4113.

Betty Ann Woodland is a longtime local who covers social events including fundraisers for nonprofits, local happenings and soirees of all kinds. She can be reached at highaltitudesociety@vaildaily.com.