Vail Valley Scenery column: Taste of Berry Creek appeals to parents, teachers and students |

Vail Valley Scenery column: Taste of Berry Creek appeals to parents, teachers and students

Chairs Dana Maurer and Jackie Stockwell monitor the silent auction.
Carolyn Pope | Special to the Daily |

For many years, the Parent Teacher Association at Berry Creek Middle School has hosted a very popular event, The Taste of Berry Creek.

Property taxes and money provided by the state and local school districts don’t leave much for many desirable activities and tools the teachers and staff need to create an exceptional learning environment. Fundraising often ends up in the hands of the PTA, which means parents and students need to help fill the coffers to make school educational and fun. Certainly, all of us have had our door bells rung with children selling everything from Christmas wreaths and chocolates to coupon books.

This event took place on Thursday at the school, and locals and parents whipped up their best dishes to sate the masses. Hot dogs and pasta, the very popular tamales and Mexican food, drinks and items in the waistband-expanding bake sale were sold with coupons. The line out the door of the school was an indicator that the meals were reasonable and delicious.

More than 170 silent auction items supplemented the meal, from baseball caps to an Epic Pass for 2016-17; the event was expected to raise at least $8,000.

“It’s giving the school the extra tools to be successful and support the teachers,” said Jackie Stockwell, who along with Dana Maurer chaired the event. “The funds provide supplies for teachers and out-of-school experiences, like field trips.”

Entertainment, of course, was a highlight. The school band serenaded the guests as they dined, and Folklorico dancers presented a colorful show. Children and adults, parents, teachers and alumni mixed and have fun at the free event, which crosses both language and cultural barriers.

For more information, contact Maurer at 970-376-2980.

Carolyn Pope has covered community service events and nonprofit activities since 2001 and co-authored “The Women of Vail.” She can be reached at 970-390-9913.

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