Students and Staff Getaway to Midway!

Last year students at Heritage were looking forward to a day playing in the snow. Unfortunately, the snow didn’t cooperate and students opted to play at the Provo Rec Center instead. This year the snow was plentiful, much to the delight of many students.

The snow day took place on February 24. Laura Bennion, lead rec therapist, said students and staff went tubing at Soldier Hollow in Midway, Utah.

“We had perfect weather with blue skies and sunshine,” Laura said. “It was a great opportunity for academic staff, residential staff, therapists and leadership to build stronger relationships with the students.”

Laura said the students enjoyed talking to and pairing up with staff members to go down five different runs.

“Once the snow softened up a little bit, they allowed larger groups to go down the runs together and laughter rang out as large groups took to the slopes,” she said.

Jordan, a student, loved the group tubing.

“My favorite part was going down with other people in a group because it was faster,” he said. “The last run we had a group of 10 or 11 people all together.”

He added this activity was “the most fun I have experienced while being at Heritage. I loved spending quality time with peers and staff and not focusing on the work and therapy stuff.”IMG_1266

Natalie, another student, said she loved the perfect weather that day and she will long remember the adrenaline rush she felt going down the hill.

Several students including Stephen, Allie and Jakob, all said they liked the lift that went to the top of the hill. Stephen said his favorite part was making snowballs while riding the lift and throwing them at people. He said he will remember the conversations he had with friends.

Elias and Noah said their favorite part was the airtime as tubes flew over bumps. David, Noah and Rian said they enjoyed this snow event, a first experience tubing on snow for several of them.

The recreation therapists plan four of these campus-wide activities each year.  The purpose of these quarterly activities is to strengthen relationships in a fun and engaging environment.

“Students and staff alike raved about what a great time was had by all,” Laura said. She said the activity was finished off with a delicious picnic provided by the Heritage kitchen staff.


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