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Centennial Park School

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Get Ready to Chill

Student in face mask holding snowboard at the base of snowy Mt Hood Meadows

If you’ve watched the Winter Olympics or seen a Mountain Dew commercial, you have some idea how cool snowboarding is.  If you’ve looked at the prices for equipment or lift tickets, or at the map of the snowy roads to Mt Hood, or seen videos of snowboarders wiping out, you know how intimidating snowboarding is.

But don’t worry & don’t be intimidated!  Chill is coming to CPS again this year. Chill is a program designed to get young people who wouldn’t normally get a chance to go snowboarding up on the mountain in style, safety, and comfort.


At Chill, you hit the slopes every week for six weeks, each night working on a different theme: patience, persistence, responsibility, courage, respect, and pride.  You participate in a few activities related to the theme during the (nice!) bus ride up to the mountain. These are fun but thoughtful little experiences that help you make the most of your time on the mountain and help you apply the lessons of snowboarding to your life; they also give you a chance to interact with students from other schools around the area.


Once we get up to the mountain, you put on quality Burton gear to keep you warm on the mountain.  You get use of a board and boots and helmet appropriate for your size and skill level. You get professional instruction from fun and laid-back Mt. Hood Meadows instructors.


And then you get to snowboard!  It’s hard at first–you will definitely fall a lot at the beginning; you will feel scared about getting on the lifts; you will feel like you’re a long way up at the top of the slope.  But you will do it! And you’ll get better!


You will not do anything before you are ready, the instructors will be there to help you, and we’ll all be in it together, encouraging each other, laughing, and giving shout-outs on the bus ride home for each other’s awesome efforts.


And all it costs is your commitment to come every week–probably Wednesday or Thursday–and to try your best.  You need to be able to stay out late, get transportation home from somewhere near school each week, and get to school on time the next morning.  


Talk to Mike once the posters show up around school, and get your application completed ASAP.  Space is limited.


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