Exhaling and Feeling Grateful
By Briana Sullivan
Four Valleys Community School
After a double header in three weeks time, Four Valleys is feeling the warmth and gratitude. Remarkable generosity combined the Anchorage and Girdwood communities recently. The monumental Mayor’s Charity Ball was followed by a successful All Sports Swap. Both events were promoted by countless volunteers, making these unique fundraisers achievable. Thank you to everyone who nobly contributed time and energy, making such events more community minded, efficient and worthwhile. We hope you landed some gear at the recent swap and are staying active and primed for ski season!
Inside the Girdwood gym, soccer wrapped up last week. Four Valley’s Erin Leighton lead the indoor soccer program with 32 kids in grades 1-3 and 32 kids in grades 4-6.
According to FVCS Executive Director Catherine McDermott, “It takes a village to pull off indoor soccer. Great soccer was played, lots of smiles, and good teamwork.”
Thank you to our charitable and talented volunteer coaches Gabrielle Hoessle, Matt Green, Kelly Gray, Shyla Pilon, Geoff Gross, Katra Wedeking and Kelly Miller for making this sport successful and fun for many kids and families. Anna Chilcote was the sole referee, ensuring rules were followed each game during the six-week program.
Stand out volunteer this season was coach Matt Green, who led two teams in addition to coaching Girdwood’s First LEGO League (a.k.a. FLL). The Robo-Storm Grizzlies will compete in Anchorage soon and recently had a fundraiser at the Girdwood Brewing Company to support their day of competition in the Dec. 9 tournament.
This week, basketball took over the court. Kids in grades 4-8 are improving their basketball skills weekday evenings to the end of Nov. Weeknights are predominantly adults with soccer and basketball, Kung Fu, the indoor track, Pickleball and morning Circuit Training. It’s possible to get it done whether you choose mornings or evenings to play in the warm and spacious Girdwood gym. Pilates moved to the stage for the final few classes making for a more comfortable, snug space. Drop in another time before the final class.
Non-Perishables = Free Yoga
Saima Chase taught adults how to sew baby Mukluks last week and the pictures looked adorable. Thursday is a day of gratitude. Come to yoga for free with donations for the Girdwood Pantry. Meet in the community room by 8 a.m., then run to the Turkey trot. Giving and moving will warm your heart. The Holiday is about giving thanks.
85-90 volunteers helped with the Sports Swap
64 kids participated in indoor soccer
7 volunteer coaches made indoor soccer possible
1 referee made calls
40 games of soccer played