Sunday, January 08, 2012

Ohio Teen Honored in Grant to Hiking Club

Jon Baker, staff writer for the Times-Reporter of Dover-New Philadelphia, Ohio, wrote the article titled "Hiking club to receive $5,000 grant in teen's honor" in the 7 January 2012 issue. Great story.

Seventeen year old hiker Daniel Lash loved hiking, especially with his friends in the Garaway Hiking Club. The high school club took (or takes) a trip to the Appalachian Trail each year, Lash participating each of his high school years. Lash died of an undetected heart problem back in 2007 during his senior year.

A former counselor at the school spearheaded an effort to raise money for a fitting memorial, scoring a $5,000 grant from the Pepsi Refresh Project, an initiative begun in 2010 by PepsiCo. Lash's parents are now going to present $3,000 worth of hiking gear and $2,000 toward bus transportation for the club's March hike on the Appalachian Trail, both of which will help some kids get on the Trail who otherwise might not be able to afford it.

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