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It takes a village

The first-grade teachers at AES, along with Doug MacKenzie, mountain manager of the Snowmass ski area, challenged every first-grade student attending Aspen Elementary School to read 100 books in 100 days. As an incentive, Doug MacKenzie offered a complimentary ticket to Tube Town to every child who met the goal.

The Reading Challenge began in December and the children eagerly set to work reading up a storm every night at home. The first-grade teachers delighted in watching their children’s excitement at meeting the goal. After reading books at home, the children wrote down the titles of the books on strips of paper and stapled them together to form paper chains. Back at school, as the chains grew longer and longer, each teacher noticed the soaring reading levels of their children.

We want to thank Doug MacKenzie and the Aspen Skiing Company for their incredibly generous and motivating support. We also want to thank Mr. MacKenzie for arranging to open Tube Town early for our first-grade classes.

Finally, we would like to thank Joey Woltemath and the crew at Tube Town. You made our days at Tube Town so enjoyable.

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“It takes a village to raise a child.” We are so thankful that we live in such a beautiful village! We feel overwhelmed by the kindness and support of the Aspen Skiing Company.

Mary Owens, Jill Cohen,Kathy Reppa,

Casey White, Terri Dangler, Lynn Eastley,

Kristie Easom and Sarah Peshek

Aspen Elementary School


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