CAVENDISH, Vt. – For over 30 years Cavendish Town Elementary School has had a snow sports program run entirely by volunteers. The program takes students in kindergarten through sixth grade to Okemo Mountain to learn to ski and ride for eight half-days on Tuesdays. The program receives no funds from the school or the town other than transportation to and from the mountain. Okemo Mountain Ski Area in Ludlow, Vt. charges parents a discounted fee for their children’s pass and rentals, and community donations cover lessons.
This year, with Okemo under new management with Vail Resorts, they have raised the fee for passes and rentals. The increase is so significant that many families will not be able to pay the increased fees.
CTES community members have started a Go Fund Me to raise funds to offset a portion of the fees to make the program affordable for all families. In a typical year, about 75 percent of the student body participate in the program. We would like to raise enough money to cover scholarships to help out all of our families.
To learn more about the campaign, which is open until Jan. 11, 2019, go to www.gofundme.com/sos-save-our-snow-sports-program.