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Vail Valley students offer gifts, advice for ski racers

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Special to the DailyLocal students are building "treasure chests" filled with just about anything and everything the students deemed necessary for visiting World Cup racers to have
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EAGLE COUNTY, Colorado – Students from the Eagle County Charter Academy, Stone Creek Charter Academy, and Red Sandstone Elementary schools have been eagerly preparing welcome kits for the World Cup ski racers who will arrive in the valley early next week for the races at Beaver Creek.

The school project was coordinated by former Battle Mountain High School language teacher Kathryn Benysh. Benysh serves as the education chairperson for the 2010 Birds of Prey World Cup Race Week and has volunteered her time to the Foundation since 1985.

These “treasure chests,” as they have been named, are filled with just about anything and everything the students deemed necessary for visiting World Cup racers to have, including pedometers, bags of snacks, origami swans, pictures of themselves, postcards, paper cutouts, and letters to individual skiers.



The chests have been a huge hit in the schools as they help teach the classrooms about the various countries that will send representatives to compete at Birds of Prey. Each class has been assigned a team to research and write to. Furthermore, the chests have aided in building local spirit and making the World Cup races “real” for the kids.

Take one third-grader’s letter to the Canadian team. The student wrote about where to eat in the valley and to “remember that it is cold here, so pack plenty of mittens and scarves.”



Or a fourth-grader’s plea: “Don’t blame me if I cheer for the U.S., but you’re next after that.”

And, finally, “Do you know the elevation of Vail Mountain? It’s 11,589 feet, so don’t bother to look it up on the Internet.”

A trio of U.S. Ski Team members will have the chance to personally thank the Stone Creek Charter School students for their generosity on the afternoon of Nov. 30, when Steven Nyman, Erik Fisher and Travis Ganong pay a visit to the school. Students from Stone Creek, Red Sandstone Elementary and Meadow Mountain Elementary will be on hand to cheer for all the racers at Friday’s World Cup Downhill.



For more information on Birds of Prey, visit http://www.bcworldcup.com. For additional information on the organizer, the Vail Valley Foundation, check out http://www.vvf.org.


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