Leadership will host ‘High Five’ party at Treasure Mountain Inn
December 5, 2014
Leadership Park City is a community program that identifies, encourages and trains a group of new or emerging community leaders.
The program was inspired by the Kellogg National Program and has been part of the greater Park City area for 20 years.
Each class is asked to create a project that is designed to be its class legacy that will generate a positive impact on Park City and Summit County.
This year, Park City Leadership Class XX decided to create a children’s book, "High Five Park City," which examines civic responsibilities in Park City, said Pamela Longley, one of the participants in Park City Leadership Class XX.
"We discussed different projects and the book rose to the top of the ideas," Longley told The Park Record. "We knew that a book would live beyond our class."
To celebrate, the class will host a book launch at Treasure Mountain Inn, 255 Main St., on Sunday, Dec. 7, from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m. The event will feature snacks, hors d’oeuvres, and adult and kid-friendly beverages including hot cocoa. Admission is free.
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"Treasure Mountain Inn was kind enough to allow us to hold the event," Longley said. "There will be an array of family-friendly activities such as cookie decorating and coloring and games for the kids."
Local singer and songwriter Elizabeth Hareza will perform live music.
Elizabeth is part of the Leadership Class XX and we’re excited to have her playing the event," Longley said.
A live reading of "High Five Park City" will begin at 5 p.m. and the book will be available for purchase at a discounted rate — $10. The book is regularly $16.95.
"This is a fun community event for everyone to come and enjoy the festivities," Longley said.
The book is also now available for purchase at Dolly’s Bookstore, Cole Sport, Park City Storage, Next GEN at Deer Valley, Artique in Kamas, the Swaner EcoCenter gift shop and the Park City Museum gift shop.
"We are so lucky to have people and local businesses supporting the book like they do," Longley said. "Community members and businesses have helped with this project from the beginning and helped with fundraising. They donated to help us print the book. Now we have more support to help distribute and sell the book."
In addition to sales, more than 2,000 copies of "High Five Park City" will be distributed fee of charge to the greater Park City and Summit County area elementary schools, libraries and nonprofit organizations.
"There will be plenty of books available for people to get their hands on to read and enjoy with their children," Longley said.
All of the profits made from the sales will be used to print more copies of the book.
"If there is, by chance, some money left over down the road, it will go into a Leadership endowment," Longley explained. "The book is about the greater good for the community and we’re making sure it does that."
Originally, the Leadership class was content with just donating the book to schools and libraries.
"But as we thought about people who may want to have a copy or give copies to their friends outside of Park City, we decided that printing more books for sale was a good idea," Longley said.
However, there were times when the project seemed overwhelming.
"I think we all had moments when we all questioned whether it could be done, because writing and publishing a book is a huge project," Longley said, laughing. "But we were able to pull together and work collaboratively to make this great book and we’re all really excited to finally distribute it into the community."
"High Five Park City" teaches local children and their families about taking care of the community. Topics include recycling and water conservation, to name a few.
"There are so many things we could have talked about in this book that would have encouraged children and their parents to be good citizens," Longley said. "We put a long list together and decided which hot topics would be in the book."
Some of the topics that made the final printing are community-driven topics such as cleaning up after pets and becoming stewards to maintain this mountain-town resort community and things like that, while other aspects of the book shed light on different nonprofits such as the National Ability Center or the Swaner Nature Preserve, according to Longley.
"There are so many amazing nonprofits in our community, so we thought if we could weave those in the book as well, it would paint more full picture of what it means to be a community member in Park City and Summit County," she said. "The book is not all about having fun in the snow, but also about the good things community members do for other community members from an outreach standpoint."
It took nearly three seasons to complete the project.
"We started in the spring and once we selected the project, we hit the ground running and began puling things together, including the concept, illustrations and manuscript," Longley said. "So much time went into this project. Everyone helped and worked hard and there were some superheroes who helped, especially those who did the graphics, which was a massive undertaking. They took photos, traced those photos and colored them on computer."
Now that Leadership XX has graduated, the group’s alumni society has taken over to make sure the book continues to be published.
"This is a great gift for the holidays," Longley said. "We hope people will come to the book launch and enjoy themselves, but also pick up a copy to give out as a gift."
Leadership Park City Class XX will host a book-launch party for "High Five Park City," an interactive children’s book, at Treasure Mountain Inn, 255 Main St., on Sunday, Dec. 7, from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m.. Admission is free. For more information, visit http://www.parkcity.org.
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