Quick update. Other schools in our district have heard about what we are doing and are wanting to start their own climbing programs. A school down the street from us is going to join forces with us as well. I really appreciate the gear and money donations everyone has sent in. I still have a big need for belay devices, harnesses, and money. I need to raise $12k. I am not asking for this money from you guys, but am wondering if anyone knows of a source of funding (grants), that might support our cause. I have been looking online, but I am not having much luck. I know this is a long shot, but if you know of anything please let me know. I am willing to put in the work into writing a grant. RIght now we have about 30 pairs of shoes, 6 belay devices, and 3 harnesses. Plus some cash donations and 5 free passes to the climbing gym. Oh yeah, and wholesale pricing on gear from a manufacturer and discounted rates at the gym. Sweet!
Good point. I hear you more than you know. CAHSEE is already a part of the equation. I need money but have to play the game. Trying to figure it out. The problem with outside is the liability and lack of experience. I can't take them outside until I know they can handle it. It takes time. And a lot of time needs to be first spent in the gym. People not in education don't understand the legal and political dangers of our profession. A kid gets hurt and I lose my job.
There were four teenagers, all "hood" lookin, peeking in the window the other night at the/this gym (Metalmark). I went outside and they started to walk away, so I hollered and got em to come inside. They were all sheepish....like "look at all these white rich people....."
I told em what we're doing in here and why and that its a good time and a safe place to hang out. I was talking with Josie and Lexie (workers at the front desk), and Josie hands each of 'em a free all day lesson/climbing pass! It was super cool. Way to read my mind Josie! I hope they come back.
From thuggin to cruxin! You never know what kind of a change some rocks can do for a kid. Ron Kauk comes to mind.....
Money and gear donations have continued to roll in. The gym is really on board as well. It appears we are financed through the end of the year! I took 13 students climbing right before Christmas break, and we will start up again on Tuesday. Thank you everyone who has supported this great cause.
Let me know if any of you want to purchase a shirt. It is the one on the Facebook link. I will have them available next week. For MetalMark climbers, it is the same fabric the gym uses on their shirts. High quality with a little stretch. Cost to make is $8. I am hoping to get a min. donation of $12 plus shipping (a few bucks). To buy a harness, belay device and carabiner for one student is around $50 (hint, hint).
I am a former student at Mclane High And Mr.Haskins had done an amazing job with taking us to the gym and helping get everything set up for us, we been there for at least a couple of weeks,and we a great time with learning how to climb, do safty procedures, and learning to trust our partners. Thanks to all the people that supported us. This couldn't have happened without you guys.
Mclane High School
While driving 3 students to Fresno State, the students noticed Metalmark and were interested in learning more about it. We had a brief tour and went on our way. A week later I became the sponsor of our school's rock climbing club. We had a club, but no dinero to climb. Metalmark donated free day passes for our students to climb during winter break. Two members of the club donated their time to teach and belay our students. The students were so excited about climbing, they started working out together to prepare for their next climb. It's been almost a month....and daily I am asked, "When are we going to climb again?"
Metalmark recommended that I get in touch with McLane's climbing club. Today I shared the exciting news with my students. McLane has generously shared some of their Metalmark membership with us, and we can climb until the end of the school year.
What an AWESOME opportunity for our students. We don't have a sports program at our school. Juniors and Seniors do not have PE. And according to one of our students, "We're getting FAT!!! and bored."
Thank you McLane and all the people who helped make this happen for our students. Your kindess is greatly appreciated.