INSIGHTS FROM PROGRAM MANAGER, ARA MORTON
As Krissy and I prepare for our first Kismet Summer season to begin next week, I find myself both nervous and excited for the adventure ahead. Nervous for all of our hard work and planning to come together in the form of a logistically smooth program, and of course excited to spend the summer climbing and connecting with such an incredible group of students. I am excited as well to share this experience with a community of House Staff, Interns, Volunteers, and Rock Guides who exemplify kindness and empathy to a person. If anything, the past 7 months have shown me the strength and bond of our greater Kismet community to unite in service of our students. The nerves begin to melt as I steep my trust in the dedication of our community and remind myself of our simple, central mission: to offer students friendship, family, and rock climbing.
It must be said that this program would not be possible without the hard work and commitment of the school Guidance Counselors and Educators that we work so closely with. It is not hyperbole to say that these people are heroes and daily surrogate guardians of our children. I am grateful for their passion and advocacy. Thank you to all educators on a similar mission!
Thank you for your continued support of Kismet Rock Foundation and we will see you at the crag!