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Vail Daily Editor Don Rogers: Give Eagle Valley High an A for the day

Don Rogers
Vail, CO, Colorado

Wow. I don’t mind saying I was impressed with Eagle Valley High School unleashing the entire student body on the community Wednesday.

Vail Mountain School students do volunteer work on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Vail Christian High School students travel to help out in Mexico over spring break.

The kids do a lot of community-service work through a variety of means – SOS, Scouts, church groups, community cleanup days, you name it.

And, of course, the adults combine with the kids to make our valley the center of the community-service galaxy, with well over a hundred such groups all doing one thing or another to make our home, and also the world, a better place.

Something about the high school sending all 750 or so kids out to help on one day just struck me, though. That’s a lot of volunteers.

Maybe it was the volume of service all at once, the enormity of the logistics to pull it off, the clear statement of what the school values.

I’m sure my own personal fondness for the school through my children plays a role, too.

My daughter is just a year removed from Eagle Valley High and just finished a strong freshman year at Fort Lewis College in Durango. Her older brother earned two bachelor’s degrees with honors and was named the college’s scholar-athlete of the year. One of his roommates, Coe Roberts, was co-MVP athletic training student with their other roommate, Whitney Allard, who also was named Athletic Training Major of the Year.

These young adults are the products of the public schools here.

Yeah, yeah, bragging on the kids. But my point is that our public schools have produced and will continue to produce kids who excel everywhere.

I know this intellectually, and I know this very personally. Warts and all, our public schools provide a solid base for our kids, although it’s on them to make the most of it from there.

Maybe that’s what impressed me about Eagle Valley’s volunteer day. The school gave all those students a day to serve out in the community. But it was on them to do a good job. From what I hear, that’s exactly what they did.

There’s a lesson in that for all of us.

Don Rogers is the editor and publisher of the Vail Daily. He can be reached at or 970-748-2920. He welcomes your comments at

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