Summit Giving Briefs: Elks, Keystone Science School host Mountain Mentors retreat |

Summit Giving Briefs: Elks, Keystone Science School host Mountain Mentors retreat

Keystone Science School hosted a retreat for Mountain Mentors this weekend, with three days of education, outdoor activities and team building. The local Summit County Elks Lodge helped sponsor the event.
Courtesy of the Elks Lodge |

Mountain Mentors participants enjoyed a weekend outdoor education and team building thanks to the support of Summit County Elks Lodge #2561 and the Elks National Foundation Beacon Grant. Last weekend, 24 local youth with Mountain Mentors enjoyed the outdoors while learning about different skills including emergency preparedness, campfire building and astronomy. Keystone Science School instructors took groups on discovery hikes and led team-building activities over the course of the retreat; for many, it was the first time they had ever had the chance to experience a weekend away in an outdoor setting.


Summit County Animal Control has started two new programs that bring animals and kids together. Donna Corcel, SCAC’s Humane Educator, has expanded the shelter’s humane education program by implementing the Veterinary Science Initiative program into the 9th and 10th grades at Summit High School. She and Animal Control Officer Jesslyn Swirka are overseeing the curriculum, which covers areas such as the human-animal interface, pathology and cruelty investigation, ethical science and zoonotic diseases. It is an interactive class and covers some tough topics including euthanasia.

Animal Control is also launching a summer reading program for kids and their parents to help out with the shy shelter animals.

“This is a win-win situation in that the children improve their reading skills and the shy animals get much needed attention,” shelter technician Lisa Voss said in a statement. “We are so eager to get this underway and appreciate all the support from this wonderful community.”

Participants must first go through Animal Control’s standard Volunteer Orientation. The Reading Program will start in June and run through July and will be held on Wednesdays and Saturdays. The shelter will have five ‘stations’ for a child (and parent/guardian) to sit and read to either a cat or dog. Thanks to a donation by the Next Page bookstore, the program will also have a stash of children’s books for kids to read.

To participate in the Shy Shelter Animal Summer Reading Program, or if you are a teacher who would like to learn more about the Humane Education Program, please call the Animal Shelter at 970-668-3230.


The Summit Activity Crowd is hosting its annual SAC prom at the end of May. The local social group for people with disabilities ages 18 and up, their friends and family, has hosted the event every year since 2014. The group first began meeting for bowling nights, before forming an official group.

This year’s red carpet-themed dance will be hosted at the Elks Lodge in Silverthorne on Friday, May 20 from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tickets are $10 per person. For more information, call Rebecca at 303-587-1624 or email

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