posted at 2:38 pm Thu Nov 15th, 2012 by (WherezIt_Staff)
Ski Vermont's Fifth Grade Passport Program Available Online This Season
Children and families around New England have been benefiting from the Ski Vermont Fifth Grade Passport program, where fifth graders get to ski free at Vermont resorts, for 12 years.
While the benefits of being active in the winter have not changed, the program has been updated to reflect modern times. The passport is now available online at www.skivermont.com/FGP, cutting paper consumption and making it easier than ever for fifth graders to hit the slopes of Vermont this winter.
"We're excited to be offering this program to another generation of future skiers and riders," said Ski Vermont's Public Affairs Director, Sarah Neith. "The update of being able to purchase it online was a no-brainer and we think we'll see the most successful year yet with the added ease of purchase. Being online also lowers our administration costs, allowing us to donate even more proceeds of the program to local dairy farmers."
This year will mark the third year that proceeds will go to Must Be The Milk, a campaign formerly known as Keep Local Farms, which supports New England dairy farmers. Last year the Fifth Grade Passport raised and donated $8,830 for Keep Local Farms. The total amount of donations from the past two seasons is $17,325. The goal is to break $10,000 this year.
"Skiing and farming are at the root of Vermont's economy and communities. Having a program that promotes the success of both industries makes perfect sense," said Neith.
For more information on the Fifth Grade Passport program, please visit www.skivermont.com/FGP. Fifth graders that participate receive a booklet of coupons for free tickets to Vermont's 18 alpine resorts and over 30 cross country centers. The cost of $10 covers the processing fees, and participants must be accompanied by paying adult. Adults can take up to 2 fifth graders.
Keep Local Farms was launched in 2009 by the Vermont Dairy Promotion Council, New England Family Dairy Farms Cooperative and New England Dairy Promotion Board. Recently, Keep Local Farms launched a new campaign with the theme Must Be The Milk. The program aims to educate people about the value of local dairy farms to our economy, our environment and our health and wellness. To learn more, please visit www.MustBeTheMilk.com.
Montpelier, VT 05602 (Set as Local)