Ecole Students clean up the ski slopes

Monday, 22. June 2015

by Rona Liechti

Last week 25 Ecole students made a pilgrimage to the now abandoned ski slopes of the Hasliberg. Accompanied by imposing cloud formations, they climbed to Hochstraess and collected a plethora of items that do not belong on a cow’s pasture: ski poles, plastic bottles, cigarette buts, rusty coins, aluminium cans, and – as they had hoped – a cell phone! Kilo upon kilo of destructive trash was collected and could then be disposed of in an environmentally friendly way. On the way down the mountain, two staff members of the Bergbahnen Meiringen Hasliberg (cable car company) led students in collecting all of the ski slope markers and carrying them down to the base. This is a typical Ecole activity. It is an important value of the school to engage closely with our local region and to help out where help is needed. We also aim to help students develop a strong sens of responsibility and sensitivity to the requirements of their local environment. Here on the Hasliberg, we are lucky enough to be reminded every day of the fact that we live in one of the most beautiful places on earth. We must care for it!