Heard it at school
Apparently, my hardy Vermonter skin became a bit soft during my recent residency in Northern California, because I have been shivering all week. And hungry. So very, very hungry. If you’re feeling somewhere between peckish and famished, the folks over at Wells Village School are feeling heroic, or rather are selling heros, subs and grinders for Super Bowl Sunday. They have ham, turkey or roast beef, large for $5.50 or small for $4. But really, who eats small sandwiches while watching football? All proceeds will benefit the fifth- and six-grade class trip. Call 645-0386 for more information.
Mentor Connector gets
grant to fight obesity
By no means am I encouraging overeating, of course, and neither is UnitedHealthcare, which recently awarded The Mentor Connector of Rutland a $1,000 grant to help combat childhood obesity. Mentor Connector will organize more than 30 hikes throughout the county between January and April. The program, which has made more than 100 mentor matches, will encourage children between ages 8 and 17 to make hiking a regular, fun experience. You can learn more about these folks and all the very good things they do for our area’s youth at www.mentorconnector.com.
Groups rally for free school lunches
While we’re on the topic of food, Thursday, Hunger Free Vermont — along with Vermont FEED and the School Nutrition Association of Vermont — brought School Nutrition Action Day to the Statehouse. They asked legislators to support bills in both the Senate and House (S.26 and H.60) that mirror Gov. Peter Shumlin’s proposal to provide free school lunches to all low-income students. This proposal hopes to ensure students will not go hungry and will be able to concentrate on their studies and school-meal programs will have more financial security and can invest in more locally sourced ingredients. As an aside, as someone who grew up poor and received free lunches, I am unashamed to say the program was invaluable to myself and my family. Feel free to contact your senator and representative and ask them if they support the bill.
Horse contest winners;
Shifting gears a bit, here are a few interesting things that have come across my desk this past week:
There was no horsing around during the Addison County 4-H Horse Hippology contest Jan. 20 at Weybridge Elementary School, where 39 competitors tested their knowledge of all things equine.
Addison County 4-H club members, ages 8 to 18, judged a horse conformation class from photographs and were judged on their knowledge of tack, feed, fencing and other horse-related topics.
Winners included Callon Fish of Rutland; McKenna White and Abigail Larock of Whiting; Abby Hodsden of Bridport; Michaela Bania of Florence; Chelsea Balch of Castleton; Nicholas Sheldrick of Salisbury; Alexis Marnellos and Charlotte Willis of Lincoln; Makaila Cota of Bristol; Kayla Gevry and Marissa Jochum of Addison; Kendra Stearns of Brandon; Ciara Eagan of Middlebury; Courtney Bronson of Shoreham; Brooklyn Currier and Eliza Kurth of New Haven; and Marisa Beanland of North Chittenden.
Rutland Intermediate School sixth-grader Jessica Neilson had her music composition performed during OPUS 25, a concert held Jan. 7 at the Elley-Long Music Center at Saint Michael’s College in Colchester. Her composition, “The Hunger Games,” can be heard at musiccomp.wordpress.com/2013/01/22/hungergames.
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