Hailey Ice Loaner Gear and Free Skate Program

Sponsored by:

Hailey Ice, Inc.

Project Champion:

Sarah Benson

What are the appropriate grade levels:

6 through 12

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The Hailey Ice Loaner Gear and Skate Program is what keeps Hailey Ice operational during the winter. This last year we built our free outdoor rink inside the Rodeo arena, after residing for years at Roberta McKercher Park. People loved the new space, and we were busier than ever before. In order to keep people skating for free, we must have an attendant at the rink during peak operating hours to distribute free skates and gear, so that everyone can enjoy the fun. The rink is open from dawn to dusk seven days a week, however we provide free skates and gear every day after school and on the weekends from 11 am to 6 pm. Without an attendant we could not do this, and the rink would only be available to those that had their own skates.

We plan on engaging the students in a number of ways. Before we get the rink up and running we could use help in hanging the fencing and boards inside the arena. We can always use help on the weekends and over Christmas break in handing out and collecting skates, as well as being on ice when we have a lot of skaters. We also have opportunities for students to help teach classes or “demonstrate” to younger students. Ultimately, we would like the students to come and use the facility and bring family and friends as it is a safe gathering place in our Community. Our success is measured by the usage that the facility gets every year. Hailey Ice is one of the very few places you can enjoy a winter sport with family and friends totally free of charge. By having the students at the facility throughout our season (December to March) they will be able to see the need and success of this project.

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Classrooms who have adopted this project

Wood River High School
11th Grade
Claudia Gaeddert
16 students