NORTH CONWAY, NH -- Memorial Hospital once again has ensured every child in its community that wants a ski helmet gets one, regardless of their family's ability to pay. It's all part of a helmet safety initiative to ensure that local school children have appropriate helmets for their participation in the Eastern Slope Ski Club’s (ESSC) Junior Ski Program.
Cranmore Mountain helped out by sorting and distributing the over 200 helmets as part of the ESSC equipment pick up process. “We’re thankful to Cranmore for continuing to make this program possible by working with us on the distribution of helmets to the students. We couldn’t do it without them,” shared Kathy Bennett, Vice President of Community Relations for Memorial.
Schools participating in the Safe Skier Initiative include Bartlett Elementary, K.A. Brett School in Tamworth, Conway Elementary, Freedom Elementary, Jackson Grammar School, John Fuller, Madison Elementary, Robert Frost Charter School and Pine Tree School. To qualify for a free helmet, students must be enrolled in the school’s free/reduced rate meals program while others have the opportunity to purchase helmets at a significant discount.
Many families face difficult financial situations at home which can make it hard for them to find the funds for equipment. As families struggle to pay for basic necessities, things like skiing equipment may not be a part of their budget. That's what makes this program so important for students who may not be able to afford it on their own. Helmets were distributed to schools starting in early December, just in time for the winter skiing and boarding season.
To help ensure the future of the program, the Memorial Hospital Foundation created the Roger C. Clapp Memorial Ski Helmet Fund. Clapp, who passed away in 2013, was a hospital trustee for many years and a passionate lifelong skier. Family and friends made memorial donations to the fund and continue to encourage contributions to it.
Others are welcome to donate to the fund and may find more information at www.memorialhospitalnh.org/waystogive.