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Sled outing boosts school spirit

By Beth A. Birmingham | Jan 24, 2019
Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham Staff, students and families of Ash Point Community School participated in a "Sledding with the Stars" event at Snow Marine Park in Rockland Jan. 23 as part of the WinterKids Winter Games program.

Rockland — As part of its participation in the WinterKids Winter Games program, Ash Point Community School held an event Jan. 23 for its staff, students and their families.

The group gathered at Snow Marine Park in Rockland for an after-school "Sledding with the Stars" outing.

More than 100 people turned out to show off their sledding prowess and get some exercise with several runs down the hill.

Principal Ben Tripp said the event was initially scheduled for Jan. 24; however, the impending rain forced it to be moved up a day.

Participants got plenty of exercise, had lots of fun, and enjoyed hot chocolate provided by Dunkin' Donuts.

During the month of January, the school is participating in the WinterKids Winter Games program where students compete in a four-week series of outdoor physical activity and nutrition challenges designed to help them be active in the winter and learn healthy habits.

The school is one of 32 in Maine selected by WinterKids to participate this year, for a total of 8,000 students and 750 teachers.

The schools accrue points for cash prize awards: $5,000 for the Gold Medal School, $2,500 for the Silver Medal School, and $1,500 goes to the Bronze Medal School. There are honorable mentions and prizes for all participating schools.

"Win or lose, this has been a wonderful experience for our staff and our community," Tripp said.

Courier Publications reporter Beth A. Birmingham can be reached at 594-4401 ext. 125 or via email at

Sled outing boosts school spirit
Third-grader Case Galley tries to hold on as his tube makes a jump at Snow Marine Park Jan. 23. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Multiple sledders, including Principal Ben Tripp, top left, barrel down the hill at Snow Marine Park as part of an outdoor event for Ash Point Community School Jan. 23. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Trudging their way back up the hill. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Becca Spearing, fifth grade, takes a run. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Third-grader David Geddis demonstrates how to use knee sleds. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
A little one makes her way back up the hill. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Teacher Wendy Jacques, left, races Hope Munro down the hill. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Principal Ben Tripp, center, gets ready to take on second-graders Olivia Breen, left and Orion Sachse. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Sue Parr and daughter Nyla go for a toboggan ride. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Enjoying the course. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
The hard part of sledding. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Travis Widdecomb, right, and 3-year-old Allie pose at the end of their run at Snow Marine Park. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
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Comments (1)
Posted by: Catharine S. Baker | Jan 24, 2019 16:19

Excellent.  I had no idea knee sleds were a thing.  A big improvement over the cardboard boxes we commandeered at Franklin Grammar School  (Newcastle, gr. 1-8) in the '50's and early' 60's.

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