Start Avalanche Education Early
by Eileen Cahalane
Mar 05, 2009 | 1114 views | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print

This is a letter to celebrate community collaboration in education!

The sixth grade students of the Telluride Intermediate-Middle School recently completed the annual “Avalanche Awareness and Snow Safety” unit that has been part of the Outdoor Education Program for over 15 years. This unit builds students’ knowledge base and provides them with a starting point for safe exploration in the mountains.

The culminating field trip to Lizard Head Pass is undoubtedly a highlight of these students’ school year. It also would not be possible without the collaborative effort of multiple entities who we’d like to give mention to here. Sue Hehir, local educator and backcountry enthusiast, Ann Mellick of the Colorado Avalanche Information Center, Garan Mangan-Dimuzio of the Telluride Ski Patrol, Kelly Crane and Terry Mathieson of the Division of Wildlife. Special thanks also goes out to Kevin Maughan of the Telski Snowshoe Program for equipment support.

Exposing our youth to avalanche awareness is a vital part of what we do in the Telluride School District. Finding people who share in this dedication is a gift indeed. Cheers to the outstanding members of our community who support our efforts to take education beyond the classroom!

– Eileen Cahalane (Telluride School K-6 Outdoor Education Teacher) and Colin Hubbard (Sixth Grade Science Teacher)
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