I’m Mark Shipley, a 9th grade science teacher here at Moscow High School, and I’m going to hike the Wonderland Trail around Mt. Rainier in 50 hours this coming July. As of last week, a colleague and ‘friend’ of mine, Ken Berger (another 9th grade science teacher here at Moscow H.S.) has jumped into the project, which is a 92 mile, 22,000 foot elevation, knee-destroying hike. This ‘day’ hike is usually done in 8-11 days…I guess we wanted a challenge! I also thought that if I’m putting the training and pain into it, that I would dedicate all that to something. The McCall Outdoor Science School (MOSS) came to mind. I love the program and what they have done for kids in this district and in this area. Plus, my ninth graders raved about ‘going to camp’ at MOSS back when they were in 6th grade. When they can’t remember a thing I taught them yesterday, they can explain in detail what they did and loved at MOSS years ago. That says something.
So… I’m trying to raise money to help send students to MOSS. The estimated cost to send a child is $264, which many parents and families can’t afford. Thus, I’m looking at raising enough money to try to cover the expenses of as many children as I can so they can experience MOSS without having to worry about money. To me, this is simply a walk-a-thon. Here’s some ‘levels’ you might consider when thinking about how you would like to support this endeavor…
To send a child to Moss: $2.90 per mile = $264
Other donation options: $1.00 per mile = $92
$0.50 per mile = $46
$0.20 per mile = $23
$______ Any lump sum, regardless of amount! Any donation would be appreciated!
How do I donate?
Option #1: The UIdaho website below is simple and effective. It also describes a little about my project.
Option #2: You can write checks to the Moscow School District and list it as a donation for a tax break. Please be sure to identify the donation to go to help fund sending kids to MOSS camp.
Moscow School District
650 N. Cleveland
Moscow, ID 83843
That’s it. Thanks for supporting us and wish us luck (AND DONATE, if you can!).
Mark and Ken