We’re through our first month of summer, and already students are asking when the new school year is going to start. One AVS student recently complained to me, “Summertime is boring. There’s nothing happening!” While most students seem to share the sentiment that they wish summer would hurry by faster, many nonetheless find ways to engage themselves.
A significant number of Alpine Valley School students spend the summer working. For several years now, many of them have held summer jobs through Jefferson County improving and maintaining hiking trails throughout the Denver area. One of our recent graduates was promoted into a management position in this program and is spending her summer leading and supervising a crew of workers.
In addition, there is no shortage of summertime volunteers at Alpine Valley School. When called upon, students will frequently show up to help with such maintenance projects as cleaning, painting, and reorganizing storage areas. Last summer a number of them came to school for several days to construct our lovely new patio. We also host Help Days where students, parents, alumni and other friends of the school drop by and help us accomplish maintenance-related tasks that are needed throughout the building. In the coming school year we’ll be expending these events to include additional non-physical work such as marketing, organization, technical support, and much more. Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in joining us for the next Help Day!
As for the staff, many of us are working hard on projects we might otherwise be distracted from in the day-to-day hubbub of the school year. We frequently catch up on maintenance, marketing, and other tasks during the summertime so that we can have a fresh start at the beginning of the new school year. This is on top of day-to-day activities such as checking the mail, deep cleaning of the building, and generally gearing up for new bursts of activity in the fall.
How many schools do you know of where students complain that summer breaks are too long? To me, this is strong evidence that we’re offering families something of tremendous value. And yet there’s also value in having time away, time to relax, catch up, and explore new possibilities. While students suffering from “the summertime blues” may wish the school year would come around faster, Alpine Valley School’s summers off are a crucial change of pace for all of us.
The 2015-16 school year begins on August 24. We still have spaces open, and you can start the enrollment process at any time. Contact us at Info@AlpineValleySchool.com or 303-271-0525 and find out more!