Swan River School News

Warrior Palooza

Suspended two feet off the ground only by silvery strands of duct tape, Mrs.Goff was tightly held to the gymnasium wall. Students and parents cheered for a few seconds until chairs were placed back under her feet.

The crowd dispersed as the smell of dinner and buttery popcorn filled the air. Students chased each other across the blanket-and-pillow covered gym floor, watched by their parents.

Others were waiting patiently in line or eating chili and other dishes provided by parents in the noisy cafeteria. Friday, Feb. 9, brought another Warrior Palooza to Swan River School.

This annual family event, put on by Swan River School’s PTO, is full of fun, fresh popcorn, and a movie.

Each year at the Warrior Palooza, a specific cause is highlighted. Past years have been centered around helping the Food Bank. To help this organization, students brought cans of food that would later be donated to the Food Bank. For each can of food brought by the students a piece of duct tape was given to them to tape one of the staff members to the wall, much like the librarian, Mrs.Goff.

This year, however, was a bit different than the last. Instead of donating to the Food Bank, the focus was on the local animal shelter. Spare change was brought by the students to be exchanged for a piece of duct tape.

At this year’s Warrior Palooza, the students watched the movie Shaggy Dog. To select this movie, a school wide poll was taken with the options were Rocket Dog, Shaggy Dog and Homeward Bound.

In letting the students vote on the movie they want, it allows them to look forward to the Warrior Palooza even more.

On the lines of the organization that would receive the money, the movies were all animal based. In all, everyone who attended the Warrior Palooza had a great time! (Soraya Brevik is an Swan River School Eighth-Grade Student.)

Swan River kids go shoooshing

Racing down the hill, icy wind blows against faces. Suddenly, a ski is pulled from under a unsuspecting skier. Once flying over the trail, now they are sprawled on the ground, poles and help are just out of reach now. Legs twisted at unearthly angles, with horizontal stilts attached to their feet, it’s nearly impossible to get back up.

This matched the story for most of the middle school students who dared to brave the hill on the Little Jewel trail at Jewel Basin.

Throughout the day, the SRS middle schoolers pulled on cross country boots and tested out pairs of skis. Loading up the equipment and students came next and they were off. The trip for the seventh and sixth graders was delayed for an hour since the frigid morning air became too cold. For the eighth graders however, the hours after lunch were the best hours to ski.

When the eighth graders arrived to Jewel Basin, one of the roughest parts of the trip commenced with trying to unload the skis and poles. Students pushed and shoved, trying to be the first with skis on. After the students had skis on their feet and poles in their hands, they started with a practice run around a tree near the entrance of Jewel Basin.

At last, as each student rounded the tree for the fourth time, the whole group proceeded to go on a loop. A few of the students fell on the way, but most stayed upright as they skied across flat ground. As the group reached the end of the loop, a race took place. A few students went off the trail, back to where they started, and the rest followed the trail back.

At the starting point, the students took off their skis and grabbed cups of hot chocolate which steamed in the cold afternoon air. Skis were sticking out from the snow as were poles. A couple students skied down the hill next to the starting point before the group was gathered together to go to the Little Jewel.

Students trekked up the steep hill. Others stayed behind to watch them as they came flying down the hill. Some fell and others tried to go on small jumps. Students trekked up the hill and came back down several times. Finally, when everyone had enough, or not enough, of going down the hill, they skied back to the starting point. There, a fire was started and marshmallows were soon roasting and chocolate and graham crackers were passed out to the students. Skis were taken off and students laughed and talked. Even a marshmallow roasting contest occurred between a few of the students.

Around 2:35pm, skis and other belongings were packed up and loaded up into the bus and the students returned to the school. The skis and poles were put back into the shed and the students took off their shoes and other wet snow clothes to finish the rest of the day.

The students are able to go on this trip each year without even needing to bring their own skis, poles or cross country boots. This equipment is provided and owned by the school for the students to use. During Physical or Outdoor education, students get on shoes that fit them and go out to the shed to find skis and poles. The boots and skis are available to the students and allow students to try a new way to ski. Even if some don’t love cross country skiing, it is a good way to get exercise and have fun.

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