Snowshoe walk celebrates nonviolence |

Snowshoe walk celebrates nonviolence

Christine Ina Casillas

On Friday evening, snowshoers will converge for the third walk for peace, hosted by the Berry Creek Middle School Parent Teacher Association.

“This is our biggest fund raiser for the year,” said Leslie Madison, co-president of the Berry Creek Middle School PTA. “The trail follows the Eagle River east toward Arrowhead. It’s about a mile out, two miles round trip. It’s an easy, little course.”

The snowshoe walk occurs during the “The Season of Nonviolence,” which runs each year from Jan. 30 through April 4 – the anniversaries of the deaths of Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King. Internationally, “The Season of Nonviolence” advocates nonviolence as a way to heal and transform lives, mostly done through grassroots programs and activities in the community.

The concept for the snowshoe walk was derived shortly after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, Madison said.

“We want to create an awareness of how we can accomplish things nonviolently,” Madison said. “There’s no need for violence to accomplish goals. There’s more empowering ways of doing things in our own life that don’t include violence.”

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The money raised by snowshoers will support grants for Eagle County teachers that aren’t funded through the school district, she said. Last year, about $5,000 was donated to teachers to pay for books and school supplies.

Berry Creek’s sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade students are responsible for the silent auction items that go inside the baskets that will be given out Friday evening, she said.

A chili dinner will follow the snowshoe walk.

“We encourage all families to bring the kids, bring the whole gang,” she said. “And the snowshoe walk coincides with the full moon, so it should be a spectacular night.”

At a glance

Snowshoe Walk

The third snowshoe walk along the Eagle River in Edwards takes place from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Friday, beginning at Berry Creek Middle School, 1000 Miller Ranch Road in Edwards. The event is hosted by the Berry Creek Middle School Parent-Teachers Association and advocates nonviolence in school and the community.

The cost is $10 for adults, $5 children or $25 for a family, which includes two adults and up to four children. Registration on the day of the event will cost $15 for adults, $10 for children and $30 for a family. Snowshoe rentals are $2. Registration includes a chili dinner, silent auction of theme gift baskets, entertainment and baby-sitting for smaller children.

For more information, call 328-2960.

Christine Ina Casillas can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 607, or at

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