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Vermont Afterschool for All Legislative Day 

February 23, 2011

7:30am-9:00am (for breakfast)

9:30am-3:00pm (all other activities)

Vermont State House and Capitol Plaza Hotel, Montpelier

Join us for this exciting statewide event  to celebrate youth workers, afterschool providers, and program staff and to meet with state legislators and leaders to advance learning and policy around afterschool and expanded learning opportunities in Vermont. The $35 registration fee covers all agenda activities, breakfast, and lunch. To secure your spot, please register by Friday, February 4th. For more information, the day's agenda, and to register, please visit our website at http://vermontafterschool.org/advocacy/vt-afterschool-for-all-legislative-day/.


Summer Food Webinars




Join Hunger Free Vermont (formerly the Vermont Campaign to End Childhood Hunger) and the Vermont Department of Education for a series of webinars about the Summer Food Program.  The webinars will give new and returning summer food providers the opportunity to gather critical resources and share innovative ideas.  The first webinar is scheduled for Monday, February 28 and space is limited.  For more information, visit http://www.hungerfreevt.org/sfsp_webinars.php.   



 2011 Fit and Healthy School Wellness Awards

Audience: Superintendents, Principals, School Wellness Professionals

The Fit and Healthy School Wellness Awards recognize schools with policies and practices that prioritize healthy outcomes for children and staff, and promote innovative ways to improve health and learning in schools. All applicants will receive an award banner. In addition, top scoring schools in several categories will win cash prizes of $3,000.00, $2,000.00 or $1,000.00 to support school wellness activities. Winners will be announced during the 2011 legislative session. To apply online, click here. Apply by February 4, 2011. This award program is co-sponsored by Action for Healthy Kids Vermont, New England Dairy & Food Council, the Vermont Departments of Health and Education, and the Vermont Education Health Initiative (VEHI).

Contact: Lindsay Simpson at (802) 828-1461 or lindsay.simpson@state.vt.us


A few good newspaper articles


1)  Interesting article on the importance of play:  http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/06/garden/06play.html


2) Secretary of Education editorial on school reform that mentions lengthening the school day: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/01/02/AR2011010202378.html



You never know what is going on upstairs!


 These students live above my aunt and uncles apartment in Cambridge Mass.  They told me about them last night on the phone.  I bet they spent a lot of time thinking and tinkering.  We need more ways to support this kind of work-for all ages....:  http://web.mit.edu/newsoffice/2010/international-prize-for-solar-cooker.html


A Farmer's take on Partnerships


I am often asked "what is a partner?" in the context of afterschool.  I usually say something betzlike like: "a partner is someone who shares your vision and who you can argue with and move on."  I heard another neat take on this on WDEV this morning as I slipped down I89 in the snow.  It was a kind of ad for Morse farm in Montpelier.  In the ad, Mr. Morse talked about his farm and the $3.99 a pound for syrup, but then he moved on to how he has a great partnership with Onion River Sports (the local bike and ski shop) around their ski trail network and how, even though, " we wear coveralls and things like that... and the skiers wear spandex or WHATEVER it is they wear.....IT WORKS!"  


Grant Opportunity: Summer and Extended Learning Opportunities Initiative


Through the combined work of the Vermont Department of Education and Senator Bernard Sanders, we are pleased to announce a new grant reward entitled “Summer and Extended Learning Opportunities Initiative.” This grant opportunity is for $500,000 over the course of three years and comes to us through the United States Office of Juvenile Justice. It is available for many different types of agencies to apply. All proposals must be received by February 4, 2011. For more information, go to http://education.vermont.gov/new/html/pgm_federal/grants.html#rfp.

Contact: Andy Snyder, Intergovernmental Affairs, at (802) 828-1086 or andy.snyder@state.vt.us


Lights! Camera! Learning!


Congratulations to the following programs for creating award-winning videos capturing summer learning in action:

  • Student-Produced Video: Community Connections
  • People's Choice Award: Burlington Middle School Summer Program/ SHCC-BSD
  • Middle/ High School Program: Tech Savvy Girls
  • Elementary Program: Craftsbury After School REACH!

The winning videos can be viewed online at: http://vermontafterschool.org/lights_camera_learning/video-library-2/winning-videos-for-summer-2010/ 


2010-11 Lights! Camera! Learning! Competition Now Open

It's time to capture innovative learning on video and submit it to the next round of Lights! Camera! Learning!  Video are due January 15th and winning videos will be announced at the Vermont Afterschool Legislative Day on February 23rd.  Winning programs will be awarded $1000 and a six-pack of Flip video cameras.  For full details: http://vermontafterschool.org/lights_camera_learning/lights-camera-learning-request-for-videos/






http://vermontafterschool.pbworks.com/w/page/2010-11+Peer+Review+Team+Sign+Ups to see site visit dates and team members.




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    to meet with state legislators and leaders to advance learning and policy around afterschool and expanded learning in Vermont. This is also a day to celebrate the important role that youth workers, afterschool providers, and program staff play in helping to build a strong foundation for the children and youth of Vermont. Come celebrate with us!

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