The Grammar School Holds Inaugural Ski for Hunger

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By Libby McCawley

The Grammar School held its inaugural Ski For Hunger on a warm March afternoon on the lower field. The event raised over $5700 to benefit The Putney Foodshelf.

Skiers from kindergarten through eighth grade set a distance goal and obtained monetary pledges for that designated distance Students had the option of skiing laps around a 400-meter or a 1-kilometer track during a 90 minute period. Stations on the course offered  water, energy drinks, and snacks for the skiers. Students were motivated to ski as many laps as possible in the alloted time, and the only complaints were that they wanted to do more.

The school presented a check to Foodshelf Board Chair, Nancy Olson, Board Member Laura Chapman, and to Foodshelf Coordinator, Hannah Pick at an All School Meeting in early May. “The Putney Foodshelf is exceedingly grateful for the efforts of all the students and faculty who made Ski for Hunger a big success,” said Ms. Pick. “Special thanks go to each individual skier who gave it their all, to their family and friends who support them, to Libby McCawley who dreamed up the idea, and to Matt Mitchell for rallying the support to make it happen. It was truly a joyful and inspiring event to witness, and we are thrilled that this is intended to be an event repeated for years to come.”

“Cross country skiing is an integral part of the TGS experience since our founding,” said head of school, Nick Perry. “We see this as an ideal way to combine our love of the outdoors with our commitment to helping the Food Shelf address food scarcity in our community.”

Because the event was such a success, The Grammar School hopes to open it to the community next year.

Throughout the school year, The Grammar School supports The Putney Foodshelf in a variety of ways. Each month, a designated class spearheads food collection from the school. In addition, special food drives happen in September, when the school fills their school bus with donations for the Top the Truck drive; during the holiday season, and at the school’s spring musical event.

Justin Altman