GROVETON, NH -- The ski program in Groveton for elementary students will continue with one major change and a few adjustments. After 26 years as program coordinator, Wanda Cloutier is stepping down and Nicole McMann will take her place. Cloutier will still be available for guidance in the ski program process.

Through a series of meetings with parents and school principal Dr. Matthew Forest, plans have been solidified for the ski program and information sheets should be going home with students soon.

Sign ups and fittings for equipment will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 4 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Groveton Elementary School. More details will be provided at that time.

The ski program, which is offered at a cost to participants for the six weeks of lessons and equipment at Bretton Woods, will begin Jan. 9 and will run every Thursday through the second week in February, changes possible because of weather conditions. The ski lessons are taught from 1-3 p.m., then free ski follows depending on transportation needs. Parents will need to provide transportation and chaperones.

An interest survey indicated that about 40 students from the elementary school and middle school would like to participate in the program. McMann called that a very rough estimate. "The numbers have dwindled over the years, but I hate to see the program end."

For more information on the ski program or offers to help, McMann can be reached at(603) 636-2474. The round table discussions held once a month at the elementary school, with parents and the public, are to provide information on the educational process and to address concerns. Call the school at 636-1806 for dates and times.

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