Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Triple Diamond Award "The Budget"

Kyle and Matt were selected as the Lava Falls "Triple Diamond Award" recipients this month. I decided to throw in a little twist to the activity they were taken on to teach a life lesson. I took the students down to St.George with an open agenda and a limited budget to simulate a typical Saturday. Kyle and Matt were told their budget and together with the Stone Ridge and Sage Canyon students who were also on a budget, planned out a day of fun activities as well as meals to keep them occupied. The students did an excellent job of staying within their budget and learned that it is possible to have fun doing healthy activities and that sometimes you have to sacrifice in some areas to increase in others. Matt and Kyle spent a good majority of their money at Iceberg for lunch and had to sacrifice and spend less money at dinner to have enough to go for ice cream afterword. All the activities other than eating, were free, but were a blast. It was a fun benefit and the kids were creative in planning out their day and "living within their means." We went hiking on the Red Hill, toured a coin shop, and relaxed and played at the park. Here are a few pictures from the benefit, congrats on your hard work Matt and Kyle!

Kyle and Matt looked for awhile trying to find the right place to approach and climb this rock.
Matt went around on the easier trail, and Kyle decided to test his climbing abilities.
Matt relaxing enjoying the view from the top!
And...lets just say that it wasn't as easy as it looked...We're not above a little bit of help and teamwork :)
Just about there....
Finally made it, amazing view of St.George!!
Getting ready to head into "The Narrows"

The Students were debating whether or not they would get stuck going through the crack

I almost got stuck...I'm happy to say that we all made it through and nobody got stuck!

After the hike we went to a coin shop, this gold bar was lost in a sunken ship that was in transit during the California gold rush. Due to it being gold and because of the historic value, the gold bar was worth $35,000. The boys were intrigued looking at all the historical coins and bills at the shop.

Matt found a bill that had a guy that everybody thought kinda looked like him

After the coin shop the students wanted to go to the park and relax, they were still exhausted from the hike!

After the park, it was time for dinner. We went to Troy's (A local BBQ place) they LOVED it!!!

Kyle went with the Ribs

and Matt with the Brisket Sandwich

Then on to Krave for dessert!!

nothing tops off the day like a bowl of ice cream, and these guys apparently love their toppings. I think Matt put a little of everything on his as he couldn't make up his mind (showing us his white personality :) )

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