Three Peaks Challenge raises money for SMS scholarship fund

Posted By: The Ski Channel on May 6, 2011 1:00 pm

The entire Stratton Mountain School community gathered for the first-ever Three Peaks Challenge to raise money for the SMS Scholarship Fund on Monday, May 2. The event raised more than $22,000 to support the SMS Scholarship Fund.

“This was a great way for our school community to come together and support scholarships, which are awarded to more than 40 percent of our students,” said SMS Headmaster Chris Kaltsas. “The original goal was to raise $15,000, and I’m so pleased with everyone’s effort to put us over the top to surpass our goal.”

The event was originally designed to have students, faculty and staff hiking and skiing down Stratton, Bromley and Magic mountains. Due to dwindling snow conditions and a postponement of the original date, this year SMS hiked and skied Stratton three times.

Students were put on teams and were asked to seek pledges for each ascent and descent of the mountain. The top fundraising team raised more than $6,000. SMS Special Events Director Pete Davis organized the event, and said the success of the event was due to the personal nature of the fundraiser. “The kids were informed that nearly half of the students at SMS receive financial aid. Knowing that they were supporting each other provided excellent motivation to raise funds and complete the challenge.” Davis said.

Stratton Mountain School is a ski and snowboard academy located at the base of Stratton Mountain. The school serves students in grades 8 – 12 with winter programs for 7th graders. The SMS community of students, faculty, coaches and staff share the pursuit of academic and athletic excellence.