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Thanks for experience of a lifetime

(This letter was originally addressed to Dr. Diana Sirko, Dr. Paula Canning and the Aspen Middle School staff.)Dear Editor:We wanted to extend a giant thank-you to all who make eighth-grade outdoor education possible and to all who make it such an incredible success year after year.The eighth-graders have been back for over a month now, and we are still hearing about it! After picking up our weary, yet elated, son upon their return, he didn’t stop talking. He told every detail, as we unpacked his backpack, words tumbling out of his mouth, and then all through dinner and into the night. I told him he had never talked that much to us in one fell swoop, in all his 13 years!This experience is invaluable. Listening to our son and many other eighth-graders, hearing what they learned about themselves, about others in their patrol, feeling compassion, and above all their individual accomplishments are things that can never be learned from a textbook.We are so lucky to have a school district that believes in the “whole” child, encouraging personal growth, helping to establish meaningful relationships and challenging our children to be the best they can be!Thank you to the tremendous staff and volunteers for such an amazing eighth-grade outdoor ed and for giving our son and others the experience of a lifetime.Joe and Averil PorcaroSnowmass Village