GRANBY — The East Grand Middle School eighth-grade social studies class is hosting a civics project for a local nonprofit that helps families in need.
After a competitive class challenge between all of the eighth grade periods, a decision was made. Teacher Abigail Loberg’s first-hour class won with the idea of a 5-kilometer Mardi Gras-style obstacle race to benefit the Mountain Family Center, located in Granby.
At the East Grand Middle School, an obstacle course in the snow will be designed in a fun-run fashion. All of the proceeds will be donated to the Mountain Family Center’s Mountain Food Packs program for donations of weekend food to be given out to kindergarten through 12th-grade students of East Grand School District. All contestants are encouraged to wear costumes; local high school athletes are challenged by Track and Field and Cross Country Coach Scott Hicks to compete.
After the race through mounds of obstacles — including an ice patch, snow bank challenge, and other difficulties — the competitors and the community are invited to a spaghetti dinner hosted by the students in the middle school commons.
During the Italian-style meal, all participants are encouraged to enjoy a silent auction and karaoke to also help raise funds. Prizes will be awarded to the highest bidder at the end of the event.
Local businesses such as Subway, Brickhouse 40 and CarQuest, have all donated to the auction. Items include four Winter Park ski passes, advertising on Channel 17, a battery charger from CarQuest, and much more.
Loberg captains the eighth grade civics project every year and has been instrumental in instituting a community presence for her students.
“Can we put the fun in fundraising?” Loberg asked, adding that the event is going to, “a really worthy cause.”