This September, Aspen Middle School’s 8th grade students will participate in the 50th year of Outdoor Education. To mark this event, you are invited to the premiere of a 30-minute video highlighting all that Outdoor Education has meant over the years. The video, titled, Celebrating 50 Years of Outdoor Education, will be shown in the Aspen District Theater, Wednesday, August 30, at 6:15 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

According to Craig Rogers, Aspen Middle School Principal, “8th Grade Outdoor Education is a powerful and life changing experience for students. The program provides challenges and significant growth opportunities for every student involved. For some students the main challenge is the trek through the backcountry over high-mountain passes; for others it may be the ropes or teambuilding initiatives. For many, the pivotal challenge that promotes character and growth occurs during time alone to reflect while on solo in the wilderness. The program is also an exceptional avenue for students and staff to develop relationships. Strong peer and student-teacher rapport promotes increased growth and achievement both in and out of the classroom.”

“It’s rare for a public school to be able to provide a program like this,” says Rogers. “8th Grade Outdoor Education promotes the development of perseverance, empathy, compassion, and the ability to recognize and appreciate each other’s differences. It’s a learning experience that simply cannot be replicated in the classroom. Reaching the 50 year milestone is a true testament to the collective dedication and support of the Aspen Community as a whole.”

For more information about Outdoor Education or about the screening of the video, please contact Craig Rogers at 970-925-3670 ext. 2004 or crogers@aspenk12.net.