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Taking Up Pen and Paper to Say Thanks in a Season of Gratitude

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Young Writers Project is an independent nonprofit that engages Vermont and New Hampshire students to write, helps them improve and connects them with authentic audiences in newspapers, before live audiences and on web sites, youngwritersproject.org, vtdigger.org, vpr.net and cowbird.com. Young Writers Project also publishes a monthly digital magazine, The Voice. YWP is supported by this newspaper and foundations, businesses and individuals who recognize the power and value of writing. If …

Bomb Threat Cancels Classes in Windsor

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Windsor — Police have identified “a couple” of suspects as they work to determine who wrote an apparent bomb threat on a bathroom wall at Windsor High School, which prompted an evacuation of nearly 600 students Monday morning and the cancellation of the remainder of the school day. Police Chief Bill Sampson said …

Hartford Schools: No to Overdose Drug

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Hartford — Citing a number of reasons, including the safety of school nurses, the Hartford School District has indicated that it will not ask school staff to stock emergency medication to respond to heroin overdoses anytime soon. Prompted largely by publicity about a recent spike in overdoses in the region, School Board member Paul Keane suggested at a recent meeting that school nurses …

Deciding Who They Want to Be: Young Adults With Special Needs Make Transition From School

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Leah Wright, 22, has spent the past few months settling back into the town she lived in until she was 11. After graduating from Perkins School for the Blind in Massachusetts, she returned to Windsor, where she and …

Volunteer Information Session Set for November in Randolph

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Randolph — An information session about becoming a volunteer with Central Vermont Adult Basic Education will take place next month at the nonprofit’s Randolph Learning Center, 10 S. Main St. The organization offers free literacy instruction for adults and for young people who are no longer attending school. …

School Notes: Hartford’s Dothan Brook School Wins Award for Positive Behavior Program

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

White River Junction — At Hartford’s Dothan Brook Elementary School, students, teachers, staff and parents are promoting climate change as a positive thing. How positive? Last week, the Vermont Agency of Education named the kindergarten-to-grade-5 institution as an “Examplar School” for the third year in a row, for …

Fall Writing: Students Consider Leaves and the Woods

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Young Writers Project is an independent nonprofit that engages Vermont and New Hampshire students to write, helps them improve and connects them with authentic audiences in newspapers, before live audiences and on websites, youngwritersproject.org, vtdigger.org, vpr.net and cowbird.com. …

Letting Go of Legos

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

While visiting from Moorhead, Minn., Jim Forde reads to his grandson Otis Dreyer, of Quechee, at the Quechee Public Library on Friday. They were at the library for the weekly Lego club, but Dreyer’s attention turned to Halloween …

Hunger, Mountain

Sunday, October 12, 2014

As small groups reached the 1,950-foot summit of Kibling Hill in Strafford, a tunnel-like line of Newton School students, staff and parents had their hands extended to high-five and cheer on those who made it. The 20-minute stroll …

Orange East Boards, Teachers Deadlocked Over Health Care

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Bradford, Vt. — Teachers at two of the six schools in the Orange East Supervisory Union are at risk of starting the new year without health insurance after a five-hour mediation session this week failed to bring about a new collective bargaining agreement. Central to the impasse is …

Hartford Schools Hit With Costs

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Hartford — Preliminary budget figures for the Hartford School District show a rough estimate of more than one million dollars in added costs coming for fiscal year 2016, district officials said before a Wednesday night meeting of the board. Some of those figures are just placeholders and are …

Vermont Leaders Seek to Improve Schools Through ‘Partnership’

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

With rising property taxes and student enrollment in Vermont down by 30,000 in the last two decades, schools across the state must adapt and innovate, or eventually close, said Gov. Peter Shumlin and Secretary of Education Rebecca Holcombe …

Young Writer Considers A Book’s Life

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Young Writers Project is an independent nonprofit that engages Vermont and New Hampshire students to write, helps them improve and connects them with authentic audiences in newspapers, before live audiences and on websites, youngwritersproject.org, vtdigger.org, vpr.net and cowbird.com. …