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On the slopes for orphans

Daily Staff ReportVail, CO Colorado
Special to the DailyFourth grader Aimee Brandt, teacher Laurie Mortensen and first grader Maxime Brandt helped raised funds.

VAIL You can ski and march at the same time. Vail Mountain School students Wednesday hit the slopes as part of the second annual ONE March to raise money for African orphans of the AIDS epidemic. Most other schools who participate walk to raise funds, but students of the East Vail school decided to show their support in a way that better reflected their homeotwn. The upper school Philanthropy-Service Group led the effort in dedicating one hour of the school’s traditional All-School Ski Day. The march began at 1 p.m. and each student paid $1 to participate. .Groups of students in kindergarten through twelfth grade will skied together. Funds generated from the event will be used to build schools and shelters for African children whose parents have died of AIDS.The ONE March symbolizes the ability within each one of us to make a significant difference in the world, says Chellie Kew, founder of the Q Fund, which runs the event. It is a show of solidarity that will not only generate funds to build schools, but also empower students to effect change by raising the level of awareness of this critical problem.

For more information about the Q Fund or the International ONE March for Children, please visit http://www.qfund4aids.org.

Students were broken up into smaller groups for a day of bonding across the grades.

Vail Mountain School second grader Sam Shay and first grade Jake Dippy take a break from raising money at the school’s traditional All School Ski Day.

Ninth grader Kathryn Conlin and eighth grader Olivia Maritz were among the students who paid $1 to ‘march.’

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