Snowy Peaks High School students and staff members recently climbed Peak 1 and Mount Royal to make connections with nature, a large part of their community, and set a goal to experience reaching it. "It was an opportunity to connect with other students and teachers in a positive environment other than school," said principal Brett Tomlinson.For a week, the group spent a few minutes each day goal-setting. The culmination was the hike, which occurred during the school's outdoor ed/community connections class. The next step occurred this past week, "when students will once again set a goal regarding the high ropes course they will be conquering," Tomlinson said. Students, staff and parents also recently hosted the Summit County Community Dinner, which occurs every Tuesday night and is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Summit County and the Summit County Elks Lodge. The organizations use volunteers to help serve the food and clear and clean tables. "That was what we did," Tomlinson said. "We served spaghetti, salad, veggies, bread, and dessert to approximately 200 people." Snowy Peaks students are required to complete 10 hours of community service each year. The school's administration looks for opportunities for the students to complete this requirement. One student, Brooklyn Ewing, has served at the community dinner twice. "It is a needed service that feels good to support," Ewing said. She is a 10th-grader enrolled at Snowy Peaks. Five parents also participated in the dinner. "Our parents really support this activity and demonstrated that support by participating themselves," said Tomlinson. "The community service activities allow our students to gain a wider perspective of the community they are part of, as well as provide them with an opportunity to give back to a community that provides so much to our school."
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