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Stafford Technical Center’s first Winter Carnival held at Pico Mountain

(pictured above) STC students Emily Booska (Human Services), Marissa Chamberlain (Hospitality), and Brandi Kapitan(Hospitality) prepare to hit the slopes at Pico. All are Otter Valley Union High School Students.

KILLINGTON-The students at Stafford Technical Center recently enjoyed the first school-wide Fun Day, which was hosted by Pico Ski Area. Melissa Patterson, an English teacher at Stafford Technical Center, who is also a ski instructor at Pico, was instrumental in arranging for students to be able to enjoy one of four different sports at the resort.

Students could opt to either ski, snowboard or snowshoe, and lessons and equiptment rentals were available. The other choice was to spend the day at Pico's Sports Center, where students could work out in the exercise area, swim in the pool, or just relax in the hot tub.

Not only was this an excellent opportunity for the Stafford students to have fun, but the day also fulfilled a number of goals. Students, who often don't have many opportunities to interact with those in other program areas were able to have fun with new friends and be physically active. The day also afforded many students the experience to go to a ski area and try winter sports; even though the students may live ony ten miles away, many had never been to a ski resort.

In keeping with Stafford's commitment to giving back to the community, Mr. Comstock's Modern Music Class spent the day providing live entertainment to all the staff and guests of the ski area in the base lodge. The staff at Pico was welcoming, accommodating, and made it so the Stafford students had a great time.

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