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Another Way will present Awakening the Power of the Child open house

Another Way School offers Montessori curriculum, but also emphasizes a connection to nature and skiing for children enrolled in its program, said founder and headmistress Diane Bode.

"Another Way School is inspired by nature and the cultural history of our ancestors," Bode said during an interview with The Park Record. "We are dedicated to seeking truth as a guide to opening new pathways of imagination, thought and creative expression."

That’s one of the reasons Another Way is hosting the Awakening the Power of the Child spring open house on Saturday, May 9, from noon until 6 p.m.

The event, which will celebrate the Native American, fur trade and Pioneer history of Snyderville Basin, will be held at the school, 6587 Mountain View Dr., rain or shine.

"If it rains, we will celebrate the rain," Bode said. "The rain gives us green grass and flowers and we need to appreciate it."

The event will help visitors understand the mission of Another Way, but also serve as a fundraiser for the school’s scholarship program. While admission to the open house is free, people can donate at any time. However, Bode understands that there are some people who won’t be able to donate.

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"We would still like them to come," she said. "You don’t give out of obligation or duty. You give because it’s the right thing to do and it calls to your soul. Even if people only give 10 cents and its from the heart, that’s all that matters.

"This open house is a gift to you," Bode said. "If you like what we do and you can’t give, we only ask that you spread the word to help us develop the community."

The event will feature roping demonstrations by C.J. Martino and Dave Hicken, and cutting horse demonstrations by Don Weller and Skip and Sarah Slusher, according to Bode.

"We are also preparing most of our nine horses and ponies so we can give pony rides and other kinds of horse-care demonstrations," Bode said.

There will also be a fully equipped Civil War-era replica officers’ tent and two historically accurate Plains-Indian teepees on site, according to Bode.

"We’ll also have a trade-goods area with Mountain Men Rendezvous Traders who will show how they make their felts and wooden stools," she said. "We’ll also have Elouise Paredes, who will weave authentic Navajo rugs and Dick James, who is a presenter of Colonial and frontier history."

The entertainment will include live music and dancing.

"We’ll have a stage set up for the Flint and Steel bluegrass band and we’ll have a Native American hoop dancer, Joseph Secody, who will also lead a group dance," Bode said. "The band is made up of 11- and 12-year-old musicians and Joseph is one of the top hoop dancers in the country."

Of course, there will be food.

"We’ll have Navajo tacos, a barbecue with pulled pork, burgers and hot dogs, fry bread, tea and lemonade made by our students," Bode said. "The food will be the only thing that will require money. All will be reasonably priced."

Bode said transforming the school grounds into a Native American and mountain men campground is a lot of work, but worth every effort, because the community needs to be reminded of the area’s rich history.

"We are so much more than a destination ski-resort community," she said. "We have a powerful nation-shaping history to celebrate here in the Basin and a homeland in Summit County to respect, protect and nurture.

"It is our hope that you will step into experiences at our event that open your imagination to what is possible when children are given the means to empower themselves and move beyond cultural constructs to thus envision a world based on conditions favorable to life."

Also, Bode said education isn’t supposed to be a business.

"It’s a service," she said. "Kids aren’t widgets and I’m not preparing them to work in corporate America. I’m preparing them to follow their bliss."

Another Way School, 6587 Mountain View Dr., will host the Awakening the Power of the Child spring open house and fundraiser on Saturday, May 9, from noon until 6 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, visit http://www.anotherwayschool.org/fundraising-events.html .

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