We want to express a big thanks to everyone who helped with Estes Thrives Day! It was a resounding success, thanks to the help of many students, staff, and community members. Check out what happened and watch the video students made!

Middle School

Middle schoolers participated in a variety of service projects. Check out this awesome video made by a team of students (Charly, Tucker, Kyra, Jana, Noah, Cody, Noel, Hayden, Ian, Lucas, and Joseph), with coaching and assistance from local videographer Brian Brown. Thanks, Brian!

Elementary School

Grade schoolers had a terrific Arbor Day experience, learning about trees and planting. There was too much rain to plant, but they got as close as possible and learned a lot along the way!

In addition, 50 elementary students were selected to become Wellness Ambassadors through a collaboration with the Boys and Girls Club. These kids will have a variety of opportunities coming up to learn about wellness, share their knowledge with others, and teach by example. In their first act as Wellness Ambassadors, these students made cool posters expressing the benefits of bikes to wellness. And they each got a cool gift from the community to help get them started. (Read on for more about that.)

High School

High schoolers helped with planning service learning projects for the Fall. (Service learning is a kind of applied learning that brings additional relevance and meaning to the skills students have learned—while providing interesting opportunities to learn new skills in a way that the knowledge is most likely to "stick.")

Several community members also joined the high school students. Together they did a team activity where they put together fifty mountain bikes. In addition to learning about working as a team to make a difference, they had a chance to give those bikes to the Wellness Ambassadors, to help them with their mission! Wellness Ambassadors had an opportunity to stand and take an oath to uphold wellness in Estes Park. These kids will be great examples in our community!

Here's a video of the high schoolers sending the Wellness Ambassadors on their way!

Thanks again to everyone who had a part in Estes Thrives Day! The Estes Thrives program is off to a great start.