Vail Valley middle school kicks off community meetings |

Vail Valley middle school kicks off community meetings

Vail Daily staff report
Special to the Vail DailyArn Menconi, founder of the Vail Valley's SOS Outreach, talked to students about adventure and values at the first of a series of community meetings at Minturn MIddle School

MINTURN – Arn Menconi, the executive director of the Vail Valley’s SOS Outreach and a former Eagle County commissioner, visited Minturn Middle School students this week as the guest speaker at the first of four community meetings throughout the school year.

Students had the opportunity to ask Menconi questions about adventure, career, personal experiences and community traits. The students, chosen by their teachers, did extra research to write up a few questions.

“We hope our students are able to answer the question ‘who are we as a community’ with each community meeting,” said Tracy Teetaert, a counselor at Minturn Middle School. “Students are responsible for connecting the guest speaker to Minturn Middle School community traits such as habits of work and character traits.”

Similar to SOS, the school’s expeditionary learning program focuses on community traits. Courage and compassion are both traits that the Snowboard Outreach Society and Minturn Middle School share. “I’m one of those people who like challenges,” said Menconi. “If I pick something that is challenging, it will become lifetime pursuit.”

Currently there are no guest speakers scheduled for the future community meetings. If you or someone you think would be interested in hosting a meeting, contact Teetaert at or call Minturn Middle School at 970-328-2920.

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For more information on Arn Menconi or the Snowboard Outreach Society, visit To view the Community Meeting with Arn Menconi, visit

“It was powerful for the kids to put a face with an organization that so many kids are a part of,” said Teetaert. “It is important for kids to be aware of what is happening in their community and how it may impact them.”

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