Aspen High School “Rent-A-Senior” program set for May 27 |

Aspen High School “Rent-A-Senior” program set for May 27

Michael McLaughlin
The Aspen Times
Aspen High School seniors, from left, Max Marolt, Seamus Crowley and Libby Dowley clean up the outdoor garden area at the school. The entire senior class is available to rent as part of the "Rent-A-Senior" program that runs on May 27. Next fall, Marolt will attend Trinity University in Texas, Crowley will attend Colgate University in New York and Dowley will attend the University of St. Andrews in Scotland.
Michael McLaughlin/The Aspen Times |

It’s that time of the year when the long-held tradition of spring cleaning is upon us. Aspen High School seniors have an idea for people or businesses looking for help with the inevitable chores and tasks that occur when nature comes back to life and properties need sprucing up.

The Aspen High class of 2014 is offering the services of their class in a program called Rent-A-Senior Day. Businesses or individuals can hire a team of two seniors to do an assigned task from 8 a.m. to noon on May 27.

The cost is $75 to rent two seniors for four hours. The senior class treasury is responsible for any expenses related to graduation, such as flowers, programs, speaker expenses, musical support and tent arrangements. Each class also picks a gift to present to the school.

The Rent-A-Senior program is expected to raise as much as $2,500, and most of those funds will go to purchasing the class gift.

Sarah Benson is a biology teacher at the high school and has been the coordinator of the Rent-A-Senior program for seven years.

“The goal is to have the entire senior class participate,” Benson said. “We started taking requests to rent the students last week, and we’re already getting close to our participation goal. The Aspen community is incredibly supportive and never hesitates to help the students. We still have a few seniors available, but I’m sure we’ll have the entire class rented soon.”

Some suggested tasks for the seniors include clearing an area of rubble, cleaning a garage or yard, washing and detailing a vehicle, baby-sitting, housecleaning or any other appropriate chore.

Dr. Kathy Klug is the high school’s college counselor and helps with the Rent-A-Senior program. She said the seniors would present their class gift at the senior awards ceremony on May 29 at the Aspen District Theatre.

Klug said each graduating class comes up with a unique gift that will remain at the school as a reminder of that class and as possible inspiration for the next group of seniors.

“All around the school, there are symbols of what the graduating seniors have given back,” Klug said. “Whether it’s art, utilitarian things, our recycling containers in the lunchroom, the seating areas in our outdoor garden area, … even our communication monitors. It’s up to each class to decide on the gift they want to leave, and it’s always something that future classes can benefit from or relate to.”

Libby Dowley is the senior class president at the high school and said her class already has come up with a few ideas for their class gifts.

“We’re going to get Colorado flags for the school to display,” Dowley said. “We’re also going to have a large Aspen High School banner made to take wherever the school participates in an event. We’re still considering a third gift, as well, but we’re still deciding on it.”

Anyone interested in renting a pair of seniors can contact Benson at 970-925-3760, ext. 1192, or email her at

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