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 seemed like climbing Mount Everest to some kindergartners. “The older kids remember it being a tougher climb,” said Principal Greg Bagnato.

This year’s fifth annual hike involved all of the school’s 120 students, staff and members of the community. For the second year, the hike also brought awareness to those in need of food. Earlier in the week, the sixth-grade class helped Andy Rowles dig 500-600 pounds of potatoes and carrots from his garden, destined for the Upper Valley Haven this winter.

At hike’s end, everyone had stone soup made from the school’s two gardens. A few alumni, including Thetford Academy 10th-grader Nicollette Brown, even returned for the event. “It brings us together as a school and community,” she said.