I went to my 27th year High School reunion this weekend in Carbondale Colorado. 27th because they were doing a reunion for all of the classes that took place in the 80’s.
It was the 1st time I have been to a reunion at my old school. I graduated in 1981 and a lot has happened since then.
CRMS (Colorado Rocky Mountain School) is a truly special school. The location is amazing and almost every location on campus has a direct view of Mt. Sopris.
The roaring fork river runs right through campus. The school offers and promotes unlimited opportunity for sport recreation. Kayaking, biking, climbing, hiking, tennis, x-country skiing and telemark. As I found out this weekend many of the nation’s top players in the ski industry have attended CRMS.
But what I am the most impressed with is the school’s undying commitment to social responsibility in their approach to education. All of the concepts that we hear so much about these days (solar power, sustainability, locavore, grassfed, composting, recycling) this school has practiced decades before the rest of the world caught on.
The students at CRMS run the school (they build the buildings, they maintain the grounds, feed the animals, help cook the food, they plant the garden, they build equipment and turn off the lights). They also actively help the community.
The school has an unbelievable array of creative outlets for students to indulge in. Students can do ceramics, learn how to weld, make jewelry, blow glass, develop pictures, join in theater and every type visual art medium.
The school is growing and is ideally located on the Roaring Fork Valley not far from Aspen. The real estate value is rising and they own a good chunk of land.
I was impressed to see that they allowed the utility company to set up a solar farm on their property which will provide energy to the valley and generate income for the school.
I am not sure what the output will be, but this is the future of Solar (solar farms). I was equally impressed with how many buildings have solar collectors on them in the city of Carbondale. So hard to imagine considering how backassward they were in the 80’s. Aspen gentrification has chased out all the old coal miners who used to inhabit the town when I was going to school. Or as an old employee of the school put it: “the billionaires are chasing out the millionaires from Aspen”………….oh the shame!
The school is still on track and I am proud to be an alumnus. It was great to hang out with some of my old schoolmates at a truly magical piece of land.