Just where does one get the idea of climbing Mt.Denali (McKinley) in order to raise money for student activities? Earlier this winter, Hamtramck High School business teacher heard an interview on the radio that turned his own personal goals into this shared goal he has for the district.
He heard an interview with Dr. Russ Chavey, who climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro in December, 2010. Dr. Chavey had decided to support technology purchases in the Grosse Pointe school district. While listening to the interview, Rostek thought to himself, "I can do that." In August, 2010, Rostek had already scaled Kilimajaro and was turning his sights to his next accomplishment. He says, "My goal is to climb the seven summits." He goes on to add, "I like to think there are eight summits, the eight being our personal achievements. I would love to help our students reach their own personal summit."
In order to do that, Rostek has recruited students to help run the Climbing for Success campaign. The logo on this blog is student designed. One student is keeping track of the books, while others are presenting the campaign to other schools in the area. At all levels, Rostek's climb has become its own student activity, allowing students to put into practice skills they've learned in marketing class, accounting class, or as student council members. Many of these students will graduate in June and will not personally benefit from any of the funds. Already, these students are climbing towards their own personal summits.
How can you help? Well, the goal is $1/per foot on Denali, so we are looking to raise $20,320. Please write a tax-deductable check to
Climbing for Success
Hamtramck Public Schools
Hamtramck, MI 48212
I promise that we are working on a PayPal account.