Anonymous donor gives skis to children

SKIS FOR KIDS - Thanks to donations from the Ely Nordic Ski Club, the Central Cross Country Ski Association, and an anonymous donor, students in Washington Elementary will be joining the “Nordic Rocks” program this year. Thirty pairs of cross country skis and poles were purchased through the program, which was developed to introduce a new generation of children to the sort of cross country skiing. The ‘Nordic Rocks’ program provides elementary and middle school students an opportunity to experience Nordic skiing during the school day, with their teachers and classmates, and to learn the health and lifestyle benefits associated with exercise and outdoor winter fun during physical education and recess. Students are able to ski next to their school, on any surface covered with a minimum of two inches of snow. Welcoming the new skis Monday were kindergarten students Jovie Kessler, Nels Majerus, Amiah Brandau and Aiden Harding. Also pictured are the Nordic Ski Club’s Steve Lampman, physical education teacher Risto Kultala and high school skiing coach Paula Anderson. Photo by Tom Coombe