All Kinds of News for April 05, 2017
A priority for Summit Prep is working to normalize life for the students as much as possible. Off campus opportunities to practice the skills they are learning are seen as an integral part of our programming. Recently the members of Summit Prep’s Team Neon had the opportunity to volunteer at an area dog sled event. It was a great way for the girls to engage in community service while having a grand time! Here is a synopsis of the day from Neon Clinical Therapist Ayme Krogstad, R-D.M.T:
“4 am came rather quickly but Neon did an excellent job gathering their belongings and piling back into the Suburban for the three hour ride to Olney, MT. They arrived half asleep, but were ready to jump in with helping hands at the first annual Flathead Classic Sled Dog Race. Neon began the day by putting up fencing at the start/finish line for the distance race with one student eagerly stepping up to help keep time. While some of the students stayed to see off all 12 of the long distance teams the other members assisted in finishing set up at the short course. Several students stood at various places on the course to help guide both the sprint dog sled teams and skijorers (people being pulled by dogs on skis) safely through the course.
One of our students got the chance at her 15 minutes of fame when she was interviewed by a local Fox News reporter, though an adorable 6 year old junior racer ended up edging her out for the spot in the 5 o’clock news report.
Around noon, the team retired back to the vehicle and headed back to campus to shower and get ready for their closing dinner. As a special treat, Neon went to McKenzie River Pizza in Whitefish where they encountered their biggest challenge yet; what toppings to put on their pizzas! With full bellies the team returned to campus and prepared for their last day of volunteering and giving back to the community.
The team woke up to four inches of silky powder and giant flakes of soft snow falling from the sky. They arrived in Olney at 9:30 am and jumped right back in to their roles from the following day. Some students were involved in timing the races, while others help with logistics. One of the Neon students was a natural at helping the dogs get started. When the sprint races were finished the team spent some time thawing out while they awaited the arrival of the long race sled teams.
At the end of the day the girls were introduced to the two new pups that were Dan and Traci's from Northwest College Support (transition program in ID). Congrats to Dan and his dogs for the first place finishes in their events! At 3pm, Neon began helping with clean up and were back on campus about an hour later. A good time was had by all!”
About Summit PrepSummit Preparatory School is an accredited private, non-profit, co-ed therapeutic boarding school located on 520 acres near Kalispell, MT. Summit integrates professional therapy and college prep academics within a nurturing and dynamic community that energizes and challenges adolescents to succeed and transform their lives. Grounded in the concepts of the Summit Model, the program focuses on promoting the development of healthy psychological and social skills. The campus is close to Glacier International Airport (FCA) and is less that an hour from Glacier National Park.