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No holiday for young volunteers

Daily Staff ReportVail, CO Colorado
Special to the DailyThird grader Carlie Moore and first grader Carina Bandoni collaborate on a thank you card for the Vail Police Department.
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VAIL Most schools gave their students they day off Monday. Not Vail Mountain School. Everyone from kindergartners to high school seniors spent the day doing volunteer work from Eagle County to Denver. Community services is a Martin Luther King Day tradition at the East Vail private school. Kindergartners made snowman cards and first and third graders made cards and cookies, all of which were delivered to the Vail Police and Fire departments. Second graders made treats for the ski patrol and Valentines Day cards for senior citizens in Minturn.

Fourth graders learned about the Civil Rights Movement and the bus boycott, then voted on how they could make a difference in the Vail Valley they have decided to help animals, and will soon collect blankets, towels and toys for the cats and dogs at the county animal shelter. Fifth graders read a book called Martins Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The class then talked about words that carry great meaning, including love, peace, together and freedom.Sixth and seventh grade students in middle school learned about Kings legacy and the importance of service for others. They watched Kings I Have a Dream speech and discussed it in smaller groups. Students in grades eight through 12 volunteered at 12 different organizations from Gypsum all the way to Denver, including Grant Avenue Street Reach, McCoy Senior Center, Mountain Montessori, Meet the Wilderness, Summit Thrift and Treasure, Ronald McDonald House, World Vision, Family Learning Center, Salvation Army, Habitat for Humanity, Eagle Care Clinic, and the Vail Police and Fire departments.

Second graders Kellyn Peck, Larkin Armbruster, Marnina Seller and Malorie Skidmore get their hands a little messy making homemade peanut butter balls for the Vail ski patrol.

Tenth grader Jim Borchardt, 12th grader Gregory Flynn and 10th grader Oscar Gonzalez play on the jungle gym with children at the Family Learning Center.

Tenth grader Ruben Saucedo organizes gear for Meet the Wilderness, an organization that takes at-risk kids camping.

Fifth grader Colin Green reads Martin’s Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Tenth grader Cole Graskamp volunteers in the file room at the Eagle Care Clinic.

First grader Cole Davis writes a thank you note to the members of the Vail Fire Department.


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