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Gear up for winter sports at the annual Ski and Snowboard Swap

34th annual event features 8 vendors

San Ramon Valley High School PTSA's 34th annual Ski and Snowboard Swap will be held Nov. 3 and 4th from 10 a.m. till 4 p.m. at the high school. Residents can buy and sell new, past season and gently used equipment and apparel and receive expert fittings by local ski and snowboard shops.

This year's swap will feature eight vendors as well as inventory brought by local residents. The Ski Swap has raised about $27,000 each year over the past two years, with funds raised benefiting local teachers.

"The last two years we have funded about 20 teachers each year. Generally we award grants to the grant requests that will affect the most amount of students," said the Swap's public relations contact, Christy Christoffersen.

Teachers interested in benefiting from the swap must apply for grants and all are welcome to submit applications, Christoffersen added.

Past grant items include iPads, document cameras, microscopes, recording equipment and microphones, LCD projectors and computers. The Ski Swap has also awarded grants to support the SRVHS library and various programs such as culinary arts and robotics, as well as Ethos magazine and astronomy club.

"Technology is the most asked for category but we also have teachers who are so happy to get teaching resources, books and DVDs for their class," Christoffersen said.

Private parties may consign equipment ahead of the swap on Friday, Nov. 2 between 6 and 8 p.m. and on Nov. 3 from 7 to 9 a.m. Pre registration is available online by visiting srvswap@aol.com.

New equipment sales will be located in the cafeteria while used and new prior season equipment will be located in auxiliary gym. Admission to the swap is $5 and free to children under 5.

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