Student to Student
Kendall Fischer Park Record intern
Thursday and Friday, January 19th and 20th, kids crowded around their heroes, shyly requesting autographs. It wasn’t the beginning o Sundance; it was Park City High School trading card days at the elementary schools here in Park City.
Earlier this year, PCHS students who made a commitment to stay drug-, alcohol-, and tobacco-free and to be good role models for younger kids, applied to be in the trading card program. They submitted a photo of themselves and some personal information to go on the cards including their interests, achievements, goals, and motto.
The cards were distributed around the city’s elementary schools and were collected and traded by the students there, much like professional baseball cards.
As an elementary school student, "I saw the high schoolers and they looked so tall and big and I couldn’t wait to be like that," recalls Amy Robertson, now a junior in high school who appears on a trading card in a dreamy, pink ballet tutu.
The whole idea is that the younger students will look up to these accomplished, goal-oriented, drug-free, big kids and put them on the cool list and regard them as good examples.
Trading cards give the kids "somebody to follow," says Paul Boyle, another junior, who mountain bikes in his trading card photo.
"I thought it meant a lot to them," sophomore football player, AJ Fizer, remarks.
It made a big impact on the elementary school kids to meet the trading card students whom they look up to, Robertson realizes. "To interact with us," she says, makes the good example more real and tangible.
It’s also a great experience for the high school students. They appreciate themselves more and gain confidence from the realization that they are people who are worth looking up to.
Pottery artist and PCHS junior, Nicole Rosecrans, says that signing trading cards gave her "warm fuzzies."
Boyle says it was "inspiring" to see the eagerness of the elementary school kids.
They were all "excited to met you and get your autograph," Fizer recalls.
Knowing that the kids looked up to her like an idol, Robertson says she "really enjoyed seeing their faces," when they asked for her signature.
Rosecrans says that it felt good "to say ‘I’m drug, alcohol, and tobacco free and you can be a really cool person and really successful in high school without participating in those activities.’"
"I thought it was important," Boyle says, "for kids to have a role model who is respectful and conscious of making a good decision."
Rosecrans agrees, "It’s a great way to get involved and make a difference."
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