Letters to the Editor, Nov. 15-18, 2014
Healthy food advocacy group is thrilled by donations
Wow, what an amazing community we live in! On Friday, Nov. 7, 73 non-profit organizations came together and asked for your support and you responded by giving over $1 million in just 24 hours during Live PC Give PC! It’s incredible to live in, raise families, and vacation in such a supportive and caring environment. I don’t think there’s another place like it in the world.
EATS Park City was one of the newest non-profits to join the incredible list of organizations whose mission it is to give back to our community. Our grassroots efforts started just over a year ago with parents willing to get involved in teaching kids about healthy food through gardens, cooking classes, taste tests and classroom discussions. The Park City School District listened to our concerns and partnered with us to make some changes in the food being offered in our schools and to include healthy curriculum and goals in the District Learning Plan.
Our teachers came on board, inviting us into their classrooms and changing their snack policies. Other non-profits welcomed us with open arms and sought out ways to collaborate. Local businesses and restaurants generously shared services, chefs and resources with us to make our programs better. Together, we’ve been able to make big impacts in a short amount of time.
During Live PC Give PC we were overwhelmed by your generosity! We exceeded our financial goals and were listed in the top 10 for the number of donors among small non-profits. Your response confirms our actions are valuable to you and we are inspired to continue with our mission to improve the school food program using education as the foundation for change. With support like this, it won’t be long before the only "grassroots" we’ll be talking about is grass-fed meat and local root vegetables!
Thank you to all who have contributed to EATS Eat Awesome Things at School, in so many ways!
President/Co-founder EATS Park City
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Volunteers made Reality Town a great event for students
On Wednesday, Nov. 5, I was a volunteer at the Treasure Mountain Middle School "Reality Town." Hundreds of volunteer hours are spent preparing this learning experience in budgeting for the 8th graders.
Dr. Karen Heiden and I were at the Medical Services table, one of us with a great deal of experience in the medical field, the latter was me. We were busy the entire time. What made the day so enjoyable for me was the interaction with the students. After paying their medical expenses, learning the difference in cost if they were uninsured or had medical insurance, every student left our table with a smile and a "Thank you." That made it all worthwhile.
So, thank you to all the 8th graders as well as to their parents, teachers and counselors who prepared them for this important life experience.
Gerd Holmsen Aguilar
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Eihausen: come to me with ‘action ideas’
I would like to express my thanks and gratitude to the Park City community for the support shown in the Nov. 4 School Board election. The opportunity to meet and speak with so many people was very enjoyable. I also would like to specifically thank Doug Payne for being a fair, polite and formidable opponent. To the Park City School District community, please contact me with any action items you may have and please always feel free to express your opinions on our schools and any ideas for improvement. Looking forward to starting my term on January 1, 2015 and working together to make the Park City School District the best it can be!
PCSD District #5 Representative-Elect
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Ski Team gets big lift from Live PC Give PC
The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association would like to thank the Park City community for its support of Project Big Air during Live PC Give PC this year. In partnership with the Utah Olympic Legacy Foundation, we were able to raise over $61,000 toward our goal. Serving athletes for 22 seasons, the Utah Olympic Park training facility has resulted in over a dozen Olympic and World Championship medals while providing development support for thousands of young athletes. Your donations will fund the renovation of the water ramps and pool at the UOP so that the next generation of local Park City athletes in freestyle, freesking and snowboarding can continue to benefit from the facility. The USSA is honored to be part of a community that shares our organization’s passion for winter sports. Thank you again for your support.
Tiger Shaw, CEO
U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association
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Vail should have given coffee guys a little notice
We have had to deal with Big Oil, Big Pharma, Big Agriculture and now Big Skiing.
What does $15k $20k in profit in a year matter to Starbucks, the feel-good company of Big Coffee? They can make or lose that amount in a day.
Why couldn’t a one- or two-year notice have been given to Park City Coffee Roaster (PCCR) so they could acquire new clients to make up for their loss at PCMR? Since PCCR buys coffee in the futures market, they buy ahead. With all the craziness that has gone on between Vail and PCMR this year, PCCR is now trapped with excess coffee.
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It’s Sunday morning, and I am a bit sore but, once again, smiling having completed another Triple Trail Challenge capstone race yesterday, the Mid Mountain Marathon. With all of the other wonderful summer activities here in Park City, it’s easy to overlook the effort of over 300 runners, and more importantly, how integral the Mountain Trails Foundation is to the essence of Park City.