2012 – 2013 Free Skates and Loaner Gear

Sponsored by:

Hailey Ice, Inc.

Project Champion:

Sarah Benson

What are the appropriate grade levels:

K to 12

Is there a limit to the number of participants:

We would love to host any number of classrooms for field trips etc. In terms of volunteering we woudl have a schedule for kids to help. We woudl need help in the fall with raising of the boards. This is a physical job, and have had older high school kids h

Is there an opportunity for community service:

Yes – Flexible

Is this a new or existing project:

This is an existing project.

Estimated project cost:




Hailey Ice at Roberta McKercher is a project in its own right!! What makes Roberta McKercher tick and run smoothly is being able to distribute and maintain free loaner skates and equipment. We have been very fortunate over the last few years to have acquired over 200 pairs of skates, as well hockey and broom ball equipment for our after school programs. If we did not have this paid staff member to distribute, maintain and oversee the equipment, the rink would have very restricted hours and only usable to those with their own gear and equipment. Over 80% of our users borrow our skates, hockey sticks, pucks or broom ball equipment.

In order to service the needs of our users, we need someone at the rink who will hand out and sharpen skates, unlock and lock the warming hut, manage and monitor borrowed equipment (pucks, sticks, skates, helmets, pads, broomball equipment), and monitor the rink for adverse skating conditions. This person would be at the rink Monday through Friday from 2:30-6:00 p.m. and weekends/holidays 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. The success of our program really depends on the number of skates and loaner equipment that we can distribute, and the number of hours that we are open. This equipment also needs to be kept in good working condition and on property. As the popularity of skating and broomball continue to grow, so will this need. The cost of the staff member will vary slightly from season to season, based mostly on weather conditions and increased/decreased hours of operation.

We can always use additional help from high school aged students during these busy times to assist the rink attendant with handing out skates, managing equipment, or just patrolling the rink. There is always something to do to keep the rink clean safe and fun!

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Classrooms who have adopted this project

Bellevue Elementary
Stephanie Gerringa, Amy Backus, Jacquelyn Jones and Brooke Hand
77 students