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When I was in sixth grade, we worked with our local historical society on a performance of THE VALIANT THIRTEEN, about a group of women from my hometown of Poultney who, during the Revolutionary War, fled their homes with their more than 50 children after the Battle of Hubbardton to the safety of the Bennington area. I got to play the part of my ancestor, Molly Lewis, which was really cool. BROOKE BOUSQUET, ART DIRECTOR

When I was in elementary school, I got to take part in a kinda “gifted and talented” (said in a humble voice) program. We spent one day a week hanging out at a place called, if I recall correctly, THE LEARNING TREE, run by local artist Frank Gonzalez. We did all kinds of cool stuff: drawing, painting, making puppets. I will always remember Frank as being an influential character in my life. DIANE SULLIVAN, DESIGNER

In fifth grade, we learned about THE OREGON TRAIL. There was a nature trail around our playground and the teachers turned that into a trail with obstacles, and we had to dress up in historical garb. It was really fun. COREY GRENIER, MARKETING & EVENTS DIRECTOR

CONTRIBUTOR’S NOTE Kids VT contributing editor MARY ANN LICKTEIG (“Banking on the Future,” page 20) is a veteran of radio, newspapers, the wires and parenting. When she’s not asking someone to empty the dishwasher or walk the dog, she’s running, practicing yoga or baking.


e’ve all experienced the feeling of sitting in a classroom wondering, How is this relevant? From diagramming sentences to balancing chemical equations, a good chunk of what I learned in school Mira gives a painted tote bag and note to our children’s librarian hasn’t come in particularly handy as an adult. But times, they are a changin’. Our kids’ teachers seem to understand, more than many of ours did, the importance of students learning skills they’ll be able to use throughout their lives. One of my fifth-grade daughter’s favorite parts of school this year is Genius Hour. For a chunk of time each week, students plan and work on independent projects of their choosing. Mira started by spreading kindness to our local librarian and crossing guard by making them notes and hand-painted bags. She’s now co-facilitating an anti-bullying club for younger students. Her classmates have taken apart computers, written books and put together care packages for families in need. Vermont is not unique in its innovative teaching practices. In March, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos posted “then” and “now” classroom photos on Twitter, implying that schools still require students to sit silently in rows while teachers lecture in front of a blackboard. Teachers across the country clapped back, sharing photos and videos of students making balloon-powered vehicles, presenting to adults and building Lego robots. In this month’s Money Issue, we highlight two local educators who are well aware of the importance of teaching their students skills they can use beyond the classroom. Courtney Poquette is a Winooski High School business teacher who didn’t see the point of school when she was growing up. In her personal finance class, students research the earning potential of different careers, undergo mock job interviews and practice budgeting by furnishing imaginary apartments. Read about Poquette — and the top 10 money lessons she wants students to learn — in “Banking on the Future” on page 20. Richmond Elementary School physical education teacher Brian Godfrey also knows the importance of making learning engaging and relevant. During the winter, he brings all of his kindergarten through fourth grade students to Cochran’s Ski Area to learn how to ski or snowboard free of charge. He offers inexpensive school-break and summer camps, plus after-school activities and clubs, focused on mountain biking, swimming and more, to help fund his PE program. Learn more about Godfrey’s unique approach in “Game Changer” on page 24. In these pages, you’ll also find articles detailing free or lowcost family outings, from exploring UVM’s sprawling campus (Destination Recreation,” page 12) to taking a walking tour of the funky murals in Burlington (“Photo Essay,” page 18). And don’t miss our jam-packed events calendar on page 41 for more ideas for free — and often educational — fun.

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Dream Big 5K & Fun Run: Racers lace up their sneaks for a race on a flat, stroller-friendly course. 10 a.m., Essex Middle School.


Lil’ Vermonters Consignment Sale: Shoppers delight in gently used baby, children’s and maternity items. Friday, 5-9 p.m. (advanced tickets required) & Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Champlain Valley Expo, Essex Junction.


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ven though I’ve carefully taught both of my children how to load the dishwasher, when they do, it looks as though it’s been packed by a blind baby gorilla short on time. It’s almost impressive, except that it’s completely irritating. Kids are smart, and pretending they forgot how to do things they’ve been repeatedly taught how to do is a good strategy for avoiding work. It doesn’t cost them anything. In fact, it often buys them time at the expense of ours. Here’s the thing: I don’t want to spend a second of my day doing things for my kids that they can do for themselves. Rearranging the dishwasher is nowhere on my Oprah “live your best life” vision board. What does this have to do with financial literacy? Well, the last time I opened the dishwasher to see cereal bowls teetering


Beyond allowance, how can I help my kids understand money?

right-side up on the tines of the rack and glasses lying on their sides, I summoned my son from his room, pointed to the problem and said, “From now on, every time you pack the dishwasher like this, you owe me $20. If you want me to do your work for you, you have to pay me for my time.” Financial lesson number one: Time is money. Financial lesson number two: People should be fairly compensated for their work. Financial lesson number three: DIY often saves money. (Also, you can’t afford my hourly, kid.) There are countless opportunities to engage our kids in conversations about money that go beyond, “Can I have my allowance?” The Forbes article, “Money Lessons at Every Age,” suggests age-appropriate financial concepts such as delayed gratification, AKA “Sometimes we have to wait to buy

the things we want.” Learning to prioritize is also important. Money is finite, which means we’re always making choices about how to spend it. Coffee from home or from Starbucks? New shoes or ones from the thrift store? If your kids are ready to learn about bigger financial concepts like investing, taxes and cryptocurrencies, Heads Up Money is an engaging book full of interesting facts and anecdotes. Buy or borrow a copy and leave it cracked open on the table. The graphics will draw them in. Financial literacy isn’t about raising the next Federal Reserve chairwoman (although that’d be cool). It’s about helping our kids make sense of how money fits into our everyday lives – how we earn it, manage it and use it. It’s about taking a concept as abstract as currency and making it as real as owing your mom 20 bucks.  In this monthly column, comedian, writer and mom Autumn Spencer answers tricky parenting questions. Have a question for Autumn? Send it to

Thanks for sharing your family photos with us using the hashtag #instakidsvt. We loved this picture of a young boy on the snowy roof of a sugarhouse. Share a picture of your kids enjoying the start of spring this month. HERE’S HOW: Follow @kids_vt on Instagram. Post your photos on Instagram with the hashtag #instakidsvt. We’ll select a photo to feature in the next issue.

Linda Brown, the Kansas woman at the center of the landmark Brown v. Board of Education school desegregation case died at age 75. “She stands as an example of how ordinary schoolchildren took center stage in transforming this country,” said NAACP Legal Defense Fund president Sherrilyn Ifill. After declaring bankruptcy in September, Toys “R” Us will close all of its 735 U.S. stores (including the one in Williston). Dig out those gift cards in the back of your junk drawer, people. Judy Blume’s 1970 classic, Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret, gets a modern update with a cover depicting text messages. “That is ridiculous,” one Twitter user wrote. “God is notorious for not responding to text messages. Cover art totally unbelievable.” Lego will introduce bricks made from plastic sourced from sugarcane later this year. It’s part of the company’s goal to produce all of its products with sustainable materials by 2030. Sweet!





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PET CORNER Jon Hughes shared this photo of his wife, Tracy, reading to their children — 4-year-old twins Jonah and Drew and 6-month-old Josie — with 9-year-old beagle, Mack. As part of a school reading challenge, the boys were asked to read in a tent, explained Hughes, so they created one in the living room, complete with camping lanterns and flashlights.

This month, we asked our Facebook followers what music they like listening to with their kids. Find their answers below. We are pretty big GREEN DAY fans! Rocking out in the car seat. —AYLA KLAUZENBERG WHIP/NAE NAE

all the live long day! —CHARLOTTE MILLER



My 8-year-old grew up listening to Scandinavian heavy metal like AMORPHIS. And my 7-month-old falls asleep the best of all listening to the Magical Child CD by MICHAEL JONES and folk lullabies, which I sing him every day.

About 2,500 people, including many kids and teens, gathered at Vermont’s Statehouse for the MARCH FOR OUR LIVES gun control rally on Saturday, March 24. Sixteen-year-old Livia Ball of Essex Junction shared her photos from the event — and her reasons for attending. “I’m tired of seeing shootings and gun violence in the news every day,” Livia wrote. “I think it’s important that kids are leading the movement for gun control because we are the ones being most affected by it at the moment, and we need to show our representatives that if they don’t keep us safe, we can vote them out.”


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We listen to everything from the hip-hop that their friends listen to to VITAMIN STRING QUARTET. That’s a family favorite as the boys are gaining an appreciation for classical music while enjoying some of today’s top hits that they’re familiar with. Win-win.

My 2 1/2-year-old loves “Ain’t No Man” from the AVETT BROTHERS. He turns it up and dances like crazy. We also have a MISTER CHRIS AND FRIENDS CD that he plays constantly — singing and dancing to his favorites on repeat.



My 4-year-old’s current obsession is QUEEN. We listen to a LOT of Queen.


Our daughter currently loves rocking out to PAT BENATAR. It’s the cutest. When “Heartbreaker” starts, she drops everything and starts dancing — arms in the air, hips swaying, rock star face. We can’t help but join the dance and singing party with her.

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Before moving to Vermont in 2010, Belgian-born Véronique Beittel had never bought a beet in her life. But the bounty of fresh produce she found at farmers markets after relocating with her husband from Washington, D.C., changed her outlook on food. “The more fruits and vegetables you start eating, you realize you don’t need all that meat on your plate to get the nutrition you need,” she explained. Several years later, when she was pregnant with her now-3year-old daughter, Francisca, she found she wasn’t able to safely eat deli cold cuts because of the risk of listeria. She searched out meat alternatives but didn’t find anything that tasted good and contained healthy ingredients. When Francisca started asking for hot dogs and deli meats, Beittel didn’t feel comfortable feeding them to her, either. So, she began working with her cousins in Belgium, who run a factory that has been making vegetarian foods since the 1990s, to create plant-based substitutes for popular kids’ foods. Using Francisca as a taste tester, the trans-Atlantic


family members formulated soy-free vegetarian hot dogs and deli slices made with egg-white protein from free-range organic chickens. The products look and taste so much like meat that young kids can’t tell the difference, Beittel said. After brainstorming hundreds of names for the business, Beittel and Francisca chose GREEN SLICE. In December 2016, the company had a soft launch in Vermont and is now sold locally at Healthy Living in South Burlington, Natural Provisions in Williston, Commodities Natural Market in Winooski and Stowe, and markets in Shelburne, Jericho and Richmond. Business has been growing steadily since then. In October 2017, Albert’s Organics, the largest distributor of organic food in the U.S., began delivering Green Slice items up and down the East Coast. Future plans include supplying college campuses, school districts and airports, and introducing new products. Next up? Organic, meltable, vegan cheese slices, inspired by Beittel’s dad, who is lactose-intolerant. —AN


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Making Cents Vermont middle and high school teachers are invited to apply for the TEACHER’S FINANCIAL LITERACY SUMMER INSTITUTE at Champlain College. Half of the 40 spots available are reserved for Vermonters. Designed to give educators the confidence, skills and curriculum tools they need to teach personal finance, the course will cover saving and investing, credit reports, credit and debt, managing risk and other topics considered necessary to navigate daily life. The five-day course runs from June 25 to June 29. It offers three graduate credits, and — thanks to financial support from nonprofit Next Gen Personal Finance and a local, anonymous donor — tuition is free. Champlain College Center for Financial Literacy created the course — one of just a handful in the country — and plans to offer it through 2020. A pilot program ran from 2011 to 2013 and was noted in a White House report on financial empowerment. John Pelletier, director of the center, said that other than taking out a mortgage, paying for college is the biggest financial decision a person makes. Average student debt is between $28,000 and $30,000, he said, and people take it on when they are 18. “And what preparation do we give them? None.” Together, the 130 teachers who completed the pilot program are expected to teach 38,000 students over 10 years. —MAL


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provides free training and support services to moms and dads. Funded by a three-year grant from the U.S. Department of Labor, and a collaboration between Vermont Technical College and Community College of Vermont, the program offers four seven-week learning modules to teach job skills in manufacturing, a sector that offers starting wages in the $13-$16 range. Upon successful completion of each module — covering topics ranging from safety to quality and measurement — participants receive a credential they can show to prospective employers. Beth Demers, project manager at Vermont Tech, said the program also offers resource coordinators to help families with issues that often create barriers to working — such as childcare, finances, housing, transportation and food security. This spring, Vermont Tech is offering the program in Williston, St. Albans, Barre, Middlebury, Morrisville and Rutland. Demers said the initiative’s target audience is both those who are unemployed and parents who work two part-time jobs with no benefits. “If we are able to provide training and wraparound services for these families,” Demers said, we “will give them access to one livable-wage job with benefits and a career pathway.” —AN

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hat does a college flavors!) and smoothies made campus have to offer with milk from UVM’s herd a kid? As the daughter of a of cows, part of the animal professor, I should know. science department. Kids My parents had little can burn off their sugar high money to spend on babyin the long basement tunnel sitters when I was growing that connects the Davis The entrance to UVM’s student up, so I spent many a day Center to other parts of center off from school accompacampus. My kids were tickled nying my father to Siena when they learned they were College in Albany, where his running under Main Street. office smelled like musty textA few buildings down, the books and freshly brewed coffee. UVM Greenhouse, which can be KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: While he lectured about social accessed through Stafford Hall, Henry and Ruby Metered visitor parking is located work, I’d sit sheepishly in the is open to the public as well, checking out UVM’s throughout campus. We parked in back of the classroom, hoping save for a few areas designated in-house ice cream shop the large lot closest to the Davis his students wouldn’t notice for student labs. Exotic orchids, Center, off Carrigan Drive. The me. I loved visiting the different furry cactuses, and orange Dairy Bar and greenhouse have academic buildings with my dad and lime trees fill the warm, limited hours, so be sure to check UVM’s as he went about his day. humid space. Starting in May, online (at before you taxidermy head out. While the UVM campus is With fond memories of those the greenhouse sells annuals, collection open to the public, it’s important to early college visits, I decided to starter vegetables and herbs. remember to use “inside voices” and take my 10-year-old son, Henry, After warming up there, respectful behavior when classes and 5-year-old daughter, Ruby, we headed outside to find are in session. to the University of Vermont. We the university’s “stuffed drive past UVM’s main campus animal” collection. The often, and my kids are always sizeable, somewhat bedraggled asking about college life. Do kids really sleep in those taxidermy exhibit resides in an enclosed walkway buildings over there? Why are college kids always between the Marsh Life Sciences Building and the carrying mugs of coffee? Joseph E. Hills Agricultural Science Building. Both They’ve often wondered what’s inside the Dudley kids loved seeing the large polar bear, and Ruby was H. Davis Center, the university’s hulking student intrigued by the butcenter right off Main Street. So that’s where we terfly specimens. A bear ALSO OF INTEREST: started our adventure. We grabbed a free campus map and a scraggly looking at the main entrance — which is actually on the third mountain lion were • The Perkins Geology Museum floor of the building — and explored the center, which also on display; we were ( houses a vast assortment of rocks, houses dining venues, student-group offices and large all happy to encounter including geodes, and a fossilpublic study spaces. them stuffed and behind ized beluga whale skeleton that A large open staircase connects the building’s glass. was found in a farmer’s field four floors. Balconies offer sweeping views of the Finally, we stopped in Charlotte in 1849. Free and floors below and a colorful blown-glass sculpture in the George D. Aiken open to the public. entitled “Emergence,” the work of UVM alum Ethan Center, home of the • Fleming Museum of Art (uvm. Bond-Watts. Down on the first floor, we came upon Rubenstein School edu/~fleming/) is home to 90.1 WRUV, UVM’s radio station. Looking through a of Environment and both permanent and changing window at a student DJ broadcasting live, my heart Natural Resources. exhibits. Open to the public, fluttered with college nostalgia. Budding environmenadmission is $5 for adults, $3 for students and seniors, and There are nine food and drink options scattered talists will love this free for children 6 and under. throughout the building, each with a variety of choices “green” building, which from coffee to pastries to bags of chips. For a more was awarded LEED substantial meal, there’s an outpost of New World Platinum status for Tortilla on the second floor, as well as a large food the sustainable way in which it was built. Each of court with options including sushi, salads and Indian its three floors represents a layer of the earth: core, food. (I’ve been told the pakoras are amazing.) surface and atmosphere. The building has signage Another fun destination is the UVM Dairy Bar, that clearly explains each of these components, which reopened in 2017 after an 11-year hiatus. The making it a fun and educational experience for both eatery, also on the second floor, was first established kids and adults — which pretty much sums up our in 1950. It has a small selection of ice cream (eight whole trip to UVM. K






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“A lot of people didn’t know what to say,” he recalled. “They just wanted to hand off the bags.” Evidently, that initial discomfort ran both ways. Durochia remembered that some of the people they tried to help rejected their offerings, either because they came from a Christian church or they were wary that the group was trying to proselytize them.

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But Durochia emphasized that, while he and his fellow Giving Tree volunteers will discuss their faith if someone asks, they never evangelize or insert Bibles or other religious literature into the bags they hand out. So what kind of reception do they get now? “After you go downtown a couple of times and you start to know their names and you come up to them and greet them,” he said, “you should see the smiles on their faces.” Since its inception, Durochia estimated, Giving Tree Ministry has handed out about 50 bags per event, or roughly 300 per year. For his efforts, Durochia was honored

this year by the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards as a “Vermont distinguished finalist.” The Rev. Scott Mansfield is Durochia’s pastor at Community Alliance Church. Mansfield remembers one Sunday when he and Durochia went looking for a homeless man he’d befriended on an earlier visit; they eventually found him stumbling down the road with his dog. The two walked the man back to his campsite and provided him with some basic necessities. Since that day more than a year ago, Mansfield said, the man has graduated from a residential treatment program, is clean and sober, and is currently attending their church. “Watching Connor’s heart for this person grow over time and to see him as a high school student truly invested in the life of a 50-something-year-old homeless person is indescribable,” Mansfield said. After graduation this May, Durochia plans to attend Nyack College, a Christian-centered institution in Rockland County, NY, with an eye for continuing his work in youth ministry. Giving Tree, he said, “has really gotten me excited about working with youth in the future.” K


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here’s an old, anonymous quote that challenges Christians to stay true to the teachings of their faith on a daily basis: “How can you worship a homeless man on Sunday and ignore one on Monday?” Two years ago, Connor Durochia decided that he could no longer ignore the homeless people in his midst. Durochia, then a sophomore at Champlain Valley Union High School in Hinesburg, had just returned from Life 2016, a national Christian youth conference held in Kansas City, Missouri. The theme of that year’s event was “Momentum.” “When we got back, we were challenged to make something out of that experience,” Durochia explained. “Being downtown [in Burlington] a lot, it was clear to me that the homeless population could use some help.” So Durochia and several fellow teenagers who belong to the Community Alliance Church in Hinesburg founded Giving Tree Ministry, an event that’s now held every other month to distribute food, clothing and personal items to Burlington’s homeless population. Parishioners young and old now meet at church on a Sunday morning, but rather than hold their usual Sabbath service, they prepare sandwiches and assemble bags of personal items, such as toothbrushes, toothpaste and deodorant. Then, they drive to Burlington to hand them out downtown. Some days they set up a table in City Hall Park; at other times they walk along the Church Street Marketplace looking for individuals in need. Durochia, now 17, said that initially, he was surprised by the number of teens he encountered who were living on the streets. He admitted interacting with homeless people was “a bit nerve-wracking” at first for him and other church members.

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Teaching Improv





air!” yelled an audience member, in response to 14-year-old River Mitchell’s appeal for a one-syllable word. With that, two boys came to the front of the stage of Off Center for the Dramatic Arts in Burlington and began a “Rap Battle.” “I used to have really long hair,” said 14-year-old Calvin Lord as a synthesizer beat pulsed in the background. “Sometimes I like to ride on a bear,” another improviser suggested in response. The three were among a dozen kids, ages 9 to 15, who put on the hour-long performance that showcased the work of Tiger Monkey Dragon Performing Arts, a program that teaches kids the craft of improvisational comedy. Each scene required audience participation and quick-thinking from the kids on stage. In “World’s Worst,” improvisers imagined what the world’s worst mathematician would be like. “You add 5 plus 8, and it’s pi,” said one performer. “It should be coming out of the oven right now.” Audience members chuckled, and the performers had fun, but improv is about more than silly games, according to Mark Stein, the 49-year-old founder of Tiger Monkey. The art form teaches important life skills, such as collaboration, creative expression, trust and confidence. “I feel like having a successful life is based on your ability to perceive your surroundings, perceive the needs, desires and limitations of other people, and be able to express those things about yourself,” said Stein. “Improv is a highly collaborative endeavor … It’s about a group creating comedy together.” A former elementary school teacher, who works as a teaching artist for the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts and the Vermont Arts Council, Stein grew up in Milwaukee, performing magic as a child. He moved to New York City at 18 to attend Columbia University,

where he first got into the improv and storytelling scene. He graduated with a degree in philosophy, then earned a master’s degree in early childhood and elementary education from the Bank Street College of

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whole constellation of techniques, recommendations and general tendencies that lead to good comedy when we agree to them and apply them as a group.” Those include principles like “Yes, and…,” which is the idea that “improvisers take anything their partner offers, affirm its reality, then add detail.” The complementary principle, explained Stein, is avoiding denial, Education. He taught in New York which means improvisers try to City’s public school system before avoid directly negating any detail a moving to Vermont nine years ago, partner brings into any scene. During landing a job at the Schoolhouse class, students learn and review Learning Center — an independent, these principles and others, then “do nonprofit PreK-8th exercises to improve grade school in South and perfect them, Burlington — in 2010. just like, in a tennis On the side, he lesson, one might has performed with work through drills to Napoleon Improv, improve a backhand Vermont Comedy swing,” explained LUKE ALBERS, 10 Club’s professional Stein. improv troupe, and The Schoolhouse served as the master of ceremonies after-school classes led to the for various storytelling and nonprofit creation of Tiger Monkey Dragon in events. 2015. The name is inspired by the He combined his interests and Chinese zodiac, Stein said. “It just has began offering after-school improv a fanciful ring to it.” classes at the Schoolhouse soon after Last September, he left the he began teaching there. Schoolhouse to devote his energy While “it’s impossible to directly more fully to Tiger Monkey Dragon, teach anyone to be quick-witted, which offers weekly improv classes funny and spontaneously creative,” for kids in third grade and up, as Stein said, his students learn “a

Now I tell jokes to people I don’t even know.

well as instruction in hip-hop dance, magic and filmmaking. To keep classes accessible, kids can try one for free. There’s no obligation to pay for missed sessions, and Stein provides healthy snacks, like veggies and hummus. His improv students, whom he often playfully calls “knuckleheads,” sing his praises. “He’s one of the nicest people you’ll ever meet,” said River. “He’s really not afraid to express himself.” Twelve-year-old Rose Lord takes Tiger Monkey Dragon hip-hop classes with 22-year-old Dakota Senna, a former Schoolhouse student. Stein, unlike most adults, has “faith in younger people to be smart,” Rose explained. That means resisting the urge to micromanage his students, said Stein. “My goal isn’t to showcase kids in an improv show,” he explained. “It’s for kids to run an improv show.” Before their March performance, 10-year-old Luke Albers said that Stein’s classes have helped him overcome his shyness. “That was a big thing for me before improv,” he said. “Now I tell jokes to people I don’t even know.” Was he feeling nervous for the upcoming show? Yes, he said, “I have butterflies.” And then — sporting a half smile and without missing a beat — he added, “Probably from all those caterpillars I ate in the garden this morning.” K To learn more about Tiger Monkey Dragon Performing Arts, visit



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wo years ago, naturalist, writer and photographer Mary Holland received a tip from a friend about a family of bears wandering through backyards near Lebanon, N.H. The bears had been scavenging from garbage cans and bird feeders. Curious, Holland, from nearby Hartland, Vt., picked up her camera and followed their tracks. She describes herself as “ecstatic” when she came across what’s known as a “babysitter tree” — a large tree where a mama bear leaves her little ones while she forages for food. For several hours, Holland observed and photographed the young black bears and their mother. Just out of hibernation, the frisky youngsters romped, while their mother hung back. Although Holland was wary of the mother bear, the cubs showed no fear. Twice, they even lay down with their mother and nursed. These close-up photos became the material for Holland’s children’s book Yodel the Yearling, published in February. That same month, she also released Animal Ears, the fifth installment in her animal adaptation series of children’s

books. From songbirds to praying mantises, Animal Ears explains how creatures who live in the northeastern United States use their ears. In all, Holland has written and photographed 10 children’s books and two nature guides, which are geared more toward older kids and adults. She also writes a popular blog, Naturally Curious

(naturallycuriouswithmaryholland., where she shares photos and factual snippets of the natural world. Holland — the mother of a grown daughter and grandmother of 2-yearold Otis — offers moms and dads some advice about introducing their kids to

A mother bear plays with her yearling

the natural world. Grownups who have phobias of spiders and snakes should keep those fears to themselves, she says. And she urges parents to be tolerant — better yet, enthused — when their kids bring home natural treasures like animal skulls. When it comes to getting kids outdoors, “many parents hesitate because they don’t know the names to everything, but you don’t need that knowledge,” Holland says. “Nature has so many colors, shapes and designs. Keep it very simple. You can just collect acorns or leaves and look at them. Children are naturally happy to dig in the dirt or turn over a log.” 

ALSO OF NOTE: In December, Green Writers Press released an updated version of Antioch University New England education professor David Sobel’s memoir, Wild Play: Parenting Adventures in the Great Outdoors, Outdoors originally published in 2011 by Sierra Club Books. This collection of essays spans New Hampshire-based Sobel’s own fathering experiences — from raising toddlers to interacting with grown children — while weathering divorce. Full of concrete advice, Sobel emphasizes the importance and joy of the outdoors, cultivating family rituals and encouraging empathy. KIDSVT.COM

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How Can Parents Keep Kids Safe Around Guns? P

eople in Vermont, a liberal state with a rich hunting culture, often hold strong opinions about guns, which can make it difficult to discuss firearm safety in dispassionate and non-politicized terms. But the risks of avoiding such conversations can be lethal. Every two hours, a child or teenager in the United States is killed by a gun in an unintentional shooting, homicide or suicide. Firearm injuries are now the third leading cause of death for children, behind non-gun-related accidents and cancer, according to a recent report by the American Academy of Pediatrics. Dr. Lewis First, head of pediatrics at University of Vermont Children’s Hospital, offers nonjudgmental advice for keeping kids safe around firearms — wherever they may encounter them.


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KIDS VT: Guns aren’t an issue parents typically discuss with their pediatricians. Why should they? LEWIS FIRST: Whether or not a child lives in a home with firearms, he or she is likely to visit a home where guns are present. It’s estimated that 40 percent of all homes with children in the United States have a gun. Eighty percent of all unintentional firearm deaths of children under age 15 occur in the home. The risk of suicide is five

times greater if there’s a gun kept in the home. And, a child as young as 3 is strong enough to pull the trigger on a handgun. KVT: Vermont has permissive gun laws. What advice do you offer parents in this environment? LF: As pediatricians, it’s not our job to tell families that a gun is good or bad. Our job is to advocate safety if a family chooses to keep firearms in the house. There are many reasons people choose to own guns — for hunting, sport and personal protection — and we don’t value-judge families based on their decisions. However, if you ask a pediatrician how to keep children safe from guns, the safest way is to never keep a gun in the house. KVT: How can the 40 percent of homes with children that do have guns ensure their kids are safe? LF: Gun owners should always keep weapons out of sight and out of reach of children. Guns should be locked away and stored unloaded and with trigger locks engaged. The ammunition should be stored and secured in another part of the house. When cleaning or doing maintenance on the gun, never leave it unattended. Taking these simple steps could prevent

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between two-thirds and three-quarters of all accidental gun deaths and teen suicides. KVT: What should parents teach their kids to do if they encounter a gun at someone else’s house? LF: Children should be taught that if they encounter a gun, they should immediately stop what they’re doing, leave the area right away, and tell a responsible adult that the gun is out. Do not touch the gun!

KVT: What about kids who hunt or shoot with family members? LF: The most important thing they should do is take a state-approved hunter safety course. Children should never be allowed to hunt unless accompanied by an adult. Children under 12 should never be allowed to use a firearm, and no child should be left unattended in the woods. When children or teens are holding a gun, they should always point it in a safe direction, never at anyone or anything they don’t intend to shoot. They should never put their finger on the trigger until they’re ready to shoot. Also, all firearms should be stored and locked separately from ammo until you’re in the hunting area and ready to shoot. Before the older child or teen takes a shot, they should be aware not only of the target itself but also what’s in front of, behind and around it. Finally, never force a child to pull the trigger if they don’t want to.

40 percent of all homes with children in the United States have a gun.

KVT: What if parents don’t know if their kids’ friends’ parents own guns? LF: One of the most important things a parent can do is ask before a child is invited to someone else’s house. A great way to do it is to say, “My child tends to be very curious. By any chance do you have anything around the house, such as guns, that my child might get into?” That’s a nice way to find out without sounding judgmental. Then, the parent can ask follow-up questions about what precautions are taken to safeguard those guns. If the answers aren’t satisfactory, a parent can simply say, “How about your child comes over to our house instead?”

KVT: What about less lethal weapons such as BB guns? LF: Parents need to know that nongunpowder guns, including BB guns, pellet guns and paintball guns, can also cause injuries, even death. If kids don’t wear protective eyewear while shooting these guns, they dramatically increase their risk of serious eye injuries. And kids should never point any guns at other people or themselves. K

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Tom Yum Soup T

he onset of spring in Vermont is unpredictable. After experiencing a few warm days in February, I usually start to get hopeful that winter is coming to an end. But March is a mixed bag, with both late-season snow and tantalizingly sunny days. By the time April comes along, I am more than ready for light cotton sweaters and bike riding. While we patiently wait for consistently milder weather, why not fill our bellies with a beautiful, light Thai soup, full of bright flavors to match the coming season? A lot of people think of delicious dishes like Pad Thai and Drunken Noodles when they think of Thai food. But, for me, the combination of flavors in Tom Yum makes it a standout. A melodious blend of lemongrass, kaffir lime leaves (which have a distinctive sour smell, not at all like the sharp scent of lime zest), and galangal (a relative of ginger) makes the broth sing. Hot, sour and bright in flavor, this soup is highly customizable. When I served it, I put out bowls of ingredients — minced chicken, green onions, cilantro, bean sprouts,

rice noodles, peanuts and shrimp — for my dinner guests to choose from for their bowls before spooning the mushroom-laden broth on top. It was a fun approach, and it allowed those who weren’t fans of cilantro to opt out of the divisive herb. The hardest part of making this soup is probably gathering all the ingredients. A good Asian market should have everything you need — plus, it’s fun to explore the unusual products that line the aisles. I found the kaffir lime leaves, lemongrass, chili paste and oil, galangal, and noodles at Thai Phat on North Street in Burlington, though I had to ask for help to locate a few of them. (The galangal and kaffir lime leaves were in the freezer; I never would have thought to look for them there!) It’s worth going out of your way to find these ingredients, especially the kaffir lime leaves, because they add a wonderful and unique flavor that’s the heart of this dish. I kept the spice level on the milder side so that it would be familyfriendly, but you can add more chili paste or chili oil if you like it hot. 

It’s worth going out of your way to find these ingredients.


A flavorful broth for spring


6 cups water

6 shallots, chopped (divided)

4 stalks lemongrass, chopped

6 kaffir lime leaves, chopped

1/3 cup chopped galangal or fresh ginger

Juice of 1 lime

1 1/2 tablespoons fish sauce

2 tablespoons brown sugar

2 teaspoons Thai chili paste (more or less, to taste)

2 teaspoons Thai chili oil (more or less, to taste)

1 boneless, skinless chicken breast

1 can sliced straw mushrooms, drained and rinsed

Thin rice noodles

Sliced green onions

Chopped cilantro

Fresh pea shoots or sprouts

Fully cooked shrimp, thawed (2-3 per person)

Lime wedges

Chopped peanuts (to sprinkle on top)

3. Add the reserved shallots to the broth and simmer for about five minutes, then add the canned mushrooms and cook for an additional five minutes. Season with chili paste and oil to taste. 4. If using frozen, precooked shrimp, thaw them in the broth until warmed through. 5. Serve the soup by putting desired items — including chicken, noodles, green onion, cilantro, pea shoots, sprouts — in your bowl, then spooning broth over the top. Sprinkle with chopped peanuts, and finish with extra chili oil and a wedge of lime, if desired. Enjoy in any season.


2. Carefully strain the broth into another large pot using a sieve or colander to make a clear broth. (Eating pieces of lemongrass is not a pleasant experience!) Cook the rice noodles in the broth according to package directions, making sure they don’t get too soft. Remove the noodles with cooking tongs, put them in a bowl and toss in just a little chili or vegetable oil to keep them from sticking together. Set aside until ready to serve.

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1. Combine all the ingredients for the broth, except for the mushrooms and half of the shallots, in a large soup pot and add the chicken breast. Bring to a boil, then simmer for about 20 minutes, or until the chicken breast is cooked through. Remove the chicken and mince. Set aside for the finished soup.





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Art appreciation — for free! — in the Queen City




urlington is a town full of art, artists and an abundance of murals. If you’re like our family, you’re always looking for fun, low-cost weekend activities. Why not pick a B-town neighborhood and explore some awesome street art on foot? On a Saturday in March, we came up with an easily walkable route that started in our Old North End neighborhood and took us by a few lesser-known murals, then to some downtown favorites. And since food is an essential component of any successful family outing, the route features lots of possible snack stops for refreshments along the way.


Start in the O.N.E., on the corner of Intervale Avenue and Archibald Street. The first three murals are part of a community collaboration between more than 50 neighborhood kids, many from the Integrated Arts Academy at H.O. Wheeler and the Boys & Girls Club of Burlington, and local artists Mary Lacy and Sloan Collins. They were made possible by the Burlington City Arts Community Fund, started in 2016, which provides thousands of dollars to Burlingtonbased artists each year. The PARKING LOT MURAL  (corner of Intervale Avenue and Archibald Street) features black and white portraits of neighborhood kids. Walk south on Intervale Avenue, then west on North Street until you come to the CORNER MURAL  (corner of North and Park streets). It wraps around the building and features geometric shapes and two more portraits. If you need fuel, Nunyuns Bakery & Café (139 N. Champlain St.) has you covered with tasty baked goods and light breakfast and lunch items.

Head just another block west, toward the lake, and look to the left. You’ll find the final PORTRAIT MURAL  on the side of the old Ray’s Seafood building (corner of North and Front streets). Head south on Front Street, cross through Battery Park and head down Battery Street, stopping to admire the great lake views. At the College Street intersection, Burlington Bay Market & Café serves coffee, snacks and delicious creemees when the weather gets warm!

2 Head up College Street until you get to St. Paul Street. That’s where you’ll find the HUMMINGBIRD MURAL , painted as a mosaic of geometric shapes in pinks, purples, greens and blues. It was commissioned by American Flatbread and painted by Mary Lacy, who uses a bucket truck with a 32-foot boom to do her work. Next, head up Church Street and check out the YOU ARE LOVED MURAL  on Cherry Street, across from Ben & Jerry’s. Commissioned by the Vermont U.S. Attorney’s Office and painted by Boston artist Alex Cook,






Collective, a group of local artists based on Pine Street, who work mostly in spray paint and are affiliated with a worldwide mural initiative called Beautify Earth. Continue north on North Winooski Avenue until you come to Decatur Street. If you’ve saved your appetite for the end of the tour, stop at Barrio Bakery (197 N. Winooski Ave.) for a latte and muffin before heading down Decatur Street. Turn right onto Intervale Avenue and you’ve completed your loop! K

Interested in checking out more Burlington murals? Find Anthill Collective’s Google Maps tour of their work at For more art in public places, visit art-public-places.


Turn right at the top of Church Street and walk a block to North Winooski Avenue. Head north on North Winooski for three blocks, until you come to the MUHAMMAD ALI

 &  on the sides of Mawuhi African Market (160 N. Winooski Ave.). When asked by the building’s owners to paint the side of the building, Venice, Calif., artist Jules Muck chose Ali as a subject because he’d recently passed away. She didn’t know that shop owner Patience Bannerman’s son had met Ali as a young boy on a flight from Tennessee to New York. The Akwaaba mural features an African woman in traditional dress framed by West African symbols of welcome (“Akwaaba” means “welcome” in Ghana). It was painted by members of the Burlington-based Anthill

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it’s part of a nationwide series of 28 murals meant to raise awareness about human trafficking. There’s no shortage of snack stop options on the Church Street Marketplace. We like Uncommon Grounds (42 Church St.) for hot chocolate when it’s cold outside and fresh-squeezed lemonade when the sun is shining.




Banking on the Future Winooski teacher primes students for financial success BY MARY ANN LICKTEIG



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hen it comes to teaching kids personal finance, Vermont gets a D. The 2017 National Report Card on State Efforts to Improve Financial Literacy in High Schools – put out by Champlain College’s Center for Financial Literacy – dings the state for setting “modest levels” of personal finance education in state academic standards, providing no specifics on instruction and no oversight to the school boards, which implement them. Despite the bad grade for the state as a whole, exemplary personal finance programs exist in some schools. Winooski High School is home to one, the creation of business teacher Courtney Poquette. “Courtney is just a super educator,” said John Pelletier, director of Champlain’s Center for Financial Literacy. Now in her 12th year of teaching — all at Winooski High School — she is an award-winning instructor who advocates locally and nationally for personal finance education. At the beginning of her semesterlong class, she asks students what they would do if given a million dollars. They usually list the things that they would buy, she said. “And then, as we move through the class, they realize, If I invested that money, I could live off of the compound interest, maybe.” Jobs, education, cars, housing, budgeting, saving and bank accounts are on the syllabus. So are credit cards, insurance, investing, retirement and dream vacations. Poquette’s students research the earning potential of different careers,

Courtney Poquette in front of the studentrun school store, a business class project

write resumes and cover letters, participate in mock job interviews and fill out tax forms. They furnish an imaginary apartment with items they find online, recording what each item costs — both in dollars and in the number of hours they’d have to work in their chosen career to earn those dollars. As the semester progresses, students study the price tags attached to life choices. Will they live with their parents, on their own or share an apartment? Will they buy a car or use public transportation? How much will they set aside for savings? For retirement? How many times will they eat out each week?



have participated in financial education in school, college or at work*


By the end of the semester, each student compiles a detailed monthly budget that covers everything from rent, utilities and student loan payments to Netflix, haircuts, gas and gym memberships. “And they have to have a surplus,” Poquette said. “Or else they have to go back and change some of the decisions they made.” Starting with the class of 2021, Winooski, one of the state’s most diverse school districts, will require Poquette’s course for graduation, making WHS one of 14 Vermont high schools to require a personal finance class. Another 33 schools offer it as an elective. Though Poquette also teaches accounting, entrepreneurship


of parents have set aside money for their child’s college education**


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and other business classes, personal finance is her passion. “For me, the big key piece is every single time I have a student in my class, they don’t ever ask, ‘Why am I learning this?’” Her students have helped their grandparents with retirement planning and served as translators between parents who don’t speak English and financial institutions. Some kids, including 18-year-old senior Abdullahi Sadik, are investing in the stock market. Using money he earns at McDonald’s and the Robinhood no-fee trading app on his phone, Abdullahi has bought stock in AT&T, Facebook, Twitter, Apple, Netflix and Tesla. “I tend to buy



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Poquette’s students study the price tags attached to life choices.

What I hope to teach — and what I wish I’d learned! 1. Paying for College: Fill out the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). Half of Vermont students do not, losing out on $5.5 million in free aid! Think about what you borrow; a recent study suggests that your total student loan debt should not exceed the income you expect to earn in your first year after graduating. 2. Finding a Job/Career: Put care and effort into writing a resume and cover letter. Practice and prepare for an interview, and send a thank-you note afterward. 3. Retirement: So you don’t even have your first job? It’s still time to start thinking about retirement. As a young person, you have the advantage of time when it comes to compound interest; so start saving early, and make it automatic! Always take advantage of employermatched retirement accounts!

6. Spending: Take time to comparison shop and try to spend less than you could. Ask yourself if it’s a need or a want before you buy it. Sometimes people overspend on their wants, then can’t afford their needs. 7. Credit Cards and Credit Scores: Making the minimum payment on credit card bills sounds enticing, but this time the power of compound interest works in the lender’s favor. Pay bills on time to earn a favorable credit score. A shocking statistic published in the state’s Financial Literacy Commission’s 2017 report says, “A 25-year-old woman with poor credit who lives in Vermont may face an estimated $484,680 in lifetime interest costs — double that of the same person with excellent credit rating.” 8. Housing: Understand the advantages and disadvantages of both renting an apartment and buying a house. Experts recommend spending 30 percent of your income on rent or a mortgage. 9. Buying a Car: Most of the time, your car will depreciate in value. There are a lot of expenses — besides the price tag — to consider when buying or leasing a car: registration, taxes, insurance, gas, maintenance and repairs. Take time to comparison shop and do your research before making this big investment.

5. Saving: Ask questions and read the terms when you open a bank or credit-union account. Service fees, overdraft fees, bouncedcheck fees and minimumbalance fees can be costly and add up quickly. It’s your responsibility to understand and manage your accounts.

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classroom in March, she reached for a blue binder. “This is the only thing that I’ve kept from high school,” she said. “My senior year, my history teacher, he said to us, ‘I know that I shouldn’t be teaching you about this because I’m supposed to only teach you history, but it’s important for you to make the decisions about life that you’re going to have to make when you’re a senior in high school.’ And so he gave us this whole assignment that he called the Reality Check, and he gave us a different essay that was due every week. One was about choosing a career, one was about how you were going to afford to live on your own.” Another was about buying a car. He asked students to think about goals, to interview a retiree, and he taught them how to write a resume. That teacher, Mike Campbell, still teaches at BFA, and he and Poquette both attended Champlain’s first financial literacy summer institute for teachers in 2011. Poquette is now an instructor there. She is also one of 24 fellows for Next Gen Personal Finance, a Californiabased nonprofit organization that provides a free high school personal finance curriculum and professional development. In March, she attended the Next Gen Personal Finance Summit for educators to give presentations on financial literacy education advocacy and on how to use the Next Gen curriculum in the classroom. She continually revises her own personal finance class. Everything has to pass the ‘So what?’ test. “I always kind of think back to my own high school experience. Is this something that I would have liked as a high school student when I didn’t like anything?” she said. “And if not, then I don’t use it in my classes.” K

things just off of the fact that I like the companies,” he said. When Poquette was in high school at Bellows Free Academy in St. Albans she couldn’t see the point of most of it, she said, and didn’t plan to go to college. She bought her first car — a two-door, mint-green Toyota Tercel — at age 16 and then started saving for a house. As a senior, she went to two classes in the morning and spent the rest of the day working as a bank teller through a work-study program. “And my plan was just to keep working at the bank,” she said. Her mother persuaded her to go to Champlain, the only college to which she applied. “And when I got accepted and they asked me to select a major, I think I just said, ‘I don’t care, whatever’s first in alphabetical order,’ and I ended up going into accounting.” She later switched her major to business, figuring it would lead to more people-oriented jobs. She earned associate’s and bachelor’s degrees from Champlain and, while teaching, an MBA from Southern New Hampshire University. After graduating from Champlain, she worked as a quality control analyst for the Department of Homeland Security. Too much time in a cubicle, coupled with fond memories of volunteering in an after-school program during college, led her to teaching. Because she didn’t have an education degree, she went to teaching conferences and earned her license through peer review. A comment she heard at a conference her first year on the job set the course for her career. “I remember they said, ‘It’s funny that we teach students about business before we teach them to manage their own finances,’” she said. “And that just resonated with me.” She went home, created a personal finance class and started teaching it the next year. During an interview in her



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as a person with no training behind the wheel of a car.” The report details the negative repercussions. “Those who are financially illiterate are less likely to have a checking account, rainy day emergency fund or retirement plan, or to own stocks. They are also more likely to use payday loans, pay only the minimum amount owed on their credit cards, have high-cost mortgages, and have higher debt and credit delinquency levels.” A low credit score can cost a consumer more than $100,000 over a lifetime. Society pays, too. “The 2008 financial crisis clearly shows that poor financial decisions by individuals had negative consequences on our country,” the report says. The good news is that teaching kids personal finance has shown positive results, and one of the best resources for teachers to learn how is here in Vermont. The Teacher’s Financial Literacy Summer Institute at Champlain College offers its fifth week-long graduate course this summer. Free to middle and high school teachers, half of the 40 slots available have been reserved for Vermont educators. (See Kids Beat, page 9.) So far, about 160 Vermont teachers have completed the institute. All three of the teachers who teach the required financial literacy class at U-32 High School in East Montpelier have attended. “Without a doubt, it has been the best professional development experience I have been involved in,” said George Cook, an educator for more than 24 years. Pelletier brings in-depth knowledge and an unparalleled ability to convey it to teachers, Cook said. He and his classmates from the 2012 institute stay in touch and trade information about curriculum and content. “Hands down, this program has made me a better teacher.” —MAL


n January, the Vermont State Board of Education adopted new, nationally recognized standards for teaching personal finance. “It’s a substantive step forward,” but other states do more, said John Pelletier, director of Champlain College Center for Financial Literacy, which gave the state a D on its 2017 National Report Card on State Efforts to Improve Financial Literacy in High Schools. Covering grades Pre-K through 12, the standards, developed by Washington, D.C., nonprofit Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy, cover spending and saving, credit and debt, employment and income, investing, risk management and insurance, and financial decision making. Pelletier said the new standards could earn the state a C. To get an A in his grade book, a state must mandate a semester-long personal finance class as a graduation requirement. Five states — Alabama, Missouri, Tennessee, Utah and Virginia — do that. Vermont is not mandating a personal finance class, instead leaving such curriculum decisions to local supervisory unions, said Martha Deiss, global citizenship specialist for the state Agency of Education. Pelletier is waiting to see what instructions the state gives schools regarding the standards. If Vermont has, in fact, replaced its modest but required standards with robust but optional standards, he may give the state an F, he said. “How is that an improvement?” Currently, 14 Vermont high schools require personal finance; another 33 offer it as an elective. The stakes are high, Pelletier’s report card says. “An uneducated individual armed with a credit card, a student loan and access to a mortgage can be nearly as dangerous to themselves and their community


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f elementary school physical education conjures memories of being pegged by a dodgeball, huffing and puffing through timed miles, or climbing a rope dangling from the rafters, Richmond Elementary School’s gym classes will probably be unrecognizable. In PE class at the pre-K through fourth grade school, students ride bikes, dance, golf, play tennis, rollerblade, practice circus arts and speed-stack cups. Every student learns to ski or snowboard. And it all happens during the school day, at no extra cost to families. The focus is on building skills, instilling confidence, having fun and giving kids access to activities they’ll be able to do throughout their lives. Richmond’s program is the brainchild of 37-year-old instructor, Brian Godfrey. In the five years he’s been at its helm, he’s made PE classes something kids and parents rave about. His innovative approach — which relies on a committed and uniquely large

network of parent volunteers and community partners — has earned him numerous awards and accolades. An ideal PE teacher, says Richmond Elementary School principal Ben White, is “someone bringing new, novel and unique ideas that connect across curricula and across grade levels … Brian does all that.”

Creating Opportunity

The shift in emphasis to lifelong fitness is part of what Principal White calls “the new PE.” It signifies a systemic move away from activities that pitted kids against each other. “When your kid comes home and is telling you what they did in PE, you do a double take,” White said. The new PE philosophy has been gaining traction for some time. In 2000, an article in Educational Leadership summed it up: “Wellprepared teachers know how to

create developmentally appropriate programs that emphasize individual skill and fitness concept learning” while maximizing kids’ time being active, and moving away from team sports. Last year, SHAPE America, the Society of Health and Physical Educators, issued a position statement titled “Dodgeball Is Not an Appropriate Physical Education Activity,” asserting that the combative game doesn’t promote a positive culture and actually undermines the goal of PE, which is to get kids to enjoy activity. SHAPE America also designed the national PE standards and gradelevel outcomes Vermont adopted in 2015. According to the state Agency of Education, the new PE standards give teachers current best practices to design instruction and assessment, plus “this move enables use of

directly aligned, nationally developed tools for assessment and curriculum evaluation with the goal of developing student physical literacy.” SHAPE’s five standards for physical literacy include competence in several motor skills and movement patterns, applied knowledge related to movement, knowledge and skills to use activity to improve health, respectful behavior, and recognizing “the value of physical activity for enjoyment, challenge, self-expression and/or social interaction.” Richmond kids demonstrate their “physical literacy” in Snow Motion, a skiing and snowboarding program, that’s perhaps Richmond’s most celebrated PE initiative. The classroom is Cochran’s Ski Area, where Olympic gold medalist Barbara Ann Cochran, has taught thousands of local kids to ski. During the Snow Motion season, a different grade is bussed to Cochran’s each day of the week. Kids put on their ski boots at school and, when

he said, allowing young kids to build independence as well as skills. That’s true for biking as well, he said, which also happens during PE class in the spring. For that unit, the school cordons off the bus loop, and kids practice skills at stations staffed by parent volunteers. Godfrey worked with Joe Drennan, co-owner of Earl’s Cyclery & Fitness in South Burlington, and Richmond parent Amanda Repp to purchase bikes for the school. “Riding a bike is fun, plain and simple. If it can be integrated into a PE program, all the better,” Drennan said. “The more [kids] are exposed to, the more they try, they find things they’re passionate about. They won’t know it until they have the opportunity.”

kayaking that Godfrey runs during school breaks and summer vacations, as well as after-school activities and clubs he offers throughout the school year, like swimming and ice skating. Staffed by volunteers and covered by school transportation and insurance, these opportunities are inexpensive compared to fully private options. But the income from tuition allows Godfrey to purchase gear for all of his programs, as well as provide scholarships for those same clubs and camps. Godfrey’s also not shy about approaching potential partners for supplies and access to their facilities. “We all share a common interest in getting kids to be active,” he explained. Killington Resort and Bolton Valley have sold him skis on the cheap from their rental fleets. The

enjoyable and lowstakes environment before they’re ever buckled into a board in below-freezing temps. Several years ago, his son arranged an indoor program to introduce younger kids to snowboarding for his eighthgrade challenge at Williston Central School. Boliba was so inspired by the project, he began thinking of ways to adapt the program so that any PE teacher could implement it. He posted his idea on Burton’s blog, Godfrey got in touch, and the men hit it off. “I’m stoked on him because I can see he knows how to engage the kids,” Boliba said. Godfrey and Boliba cowrote a PE snowboarding curriculum, and Burton provided kits, which include curved “spooner” boards to teach balance; a “grab game” mat that helps kids practice tricks; and “riglet” boards, snowboards with protective covers that allow kids to tow each other around the gym with a rope. Godfrey lends the kits to other schools when Richmond isn’t using them. Said Boliba: “This is one of the most powerful sports development programs I’ve ever been involved with.”

The Evolution

PE class at Richmond Elementary School

It’s so not oldschool.


Godfrey’s self-sustaining funding models eliminate the cost barrier. He runs a couple of annual fundraisers, including Richmond’s annual Big Truck Day and a popular Circus Night, in which kids learn and present circus arts alongside Troy Wunderle, artistic director of Circus Smirkus. Most of the money, however, comes from camps focused on activities like mountain biking and

What surprises parents who grew up with gym classes of yore is that Godfrey has very little interest in competition. “It’s so not old- school,” said Chantal Ryan, whose fourth-grade son, Finn, participates in biking camp and swimPARENT ming club; her sixth grader, CHANTAL Grace, still helps out with RYAN fundraisers, despite having moved on to middle school. While Swimming Hole in Stowe her son is good at sports, she said, provided inexpensive swim lessons he’s not competitive himself, and at for an after-school club. Jay Peak Richmond, that’s just fine. offered discounted access to its water Godfrey’s athletic background park. Burton Snowboards donated belies his more collaborative aphelmets for every kid at RES. proach. A Richmond native, Godfrey Jeff Boliba, a Williston father was a multisport athlete as a kid. He of three, coach and vice president thrived on team sports and played of global resorts for Burton, is basketball during his undergraduate one of Godfrey’s partners. Boliba years at Johnson State College. Tall understands the value of introducing and fit, with alert blue eyes and sharp snowboarding incrementally, so that kids learn the fundamentals in an GAME CHANGER, P. 26 »

they arrive at Cochran’s, volunteers arrange their skis on the snow. Kids get off the bus, click into their bindings and hit the slopes. The whole process takes just five minutes. Because skiing and riding require individualized instruction, Godfrey enlists the help of Cochran’s teachers and parent volunteers, and senses when he needs to give certain kids extra attention. “One little girl was interested in skiing, but petrified of riding up the [T-bar] lift,” he recalled. “I rode up with her a couple of times, and she said, ‘OK, Mr. G, now I’m good.’” The program began in 2013, with fourth graders only. Godfrey added a grade each year; this school year marks the first time the entire elementary school is participating, along with kindergarten classes from the five other elementary schools in the Chittenden East Supervisory Union. Godfrey and his fellow Chittenden East elementary PE teachers, Amanda Cowan and Glenn Steinman, plan to add a grade a year at the other schools so that every elementary school kid in the district has the chance to get on the slopes. Cochran herself is a fan of the program. “It’s been phenomenal,” she said. “Some of these kids would never have had a chance to ski or board.” In fact, Godfrey said that before Snow Motion started, half of Richmond kids had never been skiing or snowboarding. Now, 75 percent have their own equipment. Kids who don’t can check out gear from the school any time they want to ski or ride. It’s important to do this during school, he explained, because if access to sports like skiing or snowboarding is limited to extracurricular activities, “it’s the same kids who aren’t going to participate.” By making it easy for families — giving kids gear, transportation and a casual learning environment during the school day — “you’re facilitating opportunity,”


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cheekbones, Godfrey comes across as the kind of ex-athlete who might be on the sidelines reminding kids to hustle. But he’s not. How did the father of three young kids, who’s known around town as Mr. G, develop his unique style of instruction? When Godfrey began teaching after attending graduate school at the

class for the first time, he pointed out. “As I became a teacher, I started thinking about those kids.” Then, he said, “I looked at myself as a learner.” As a kid with learning disabilities, he explained, he was familiar with feeling like parts of the school experience weren’t designed to include him. He set out to provide Godfrey’s students participating in a rhythmic movement unit

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what he calls University “positive first of Vermont, experiences” he quickly in sports and noticed that, fitness for though team everybody, sports afford focusing on RICHMOND ELEMENTARY kids benefits activities that SCHOOL PRINCIPAL BEN WHITE like cooperation kids will be skills and camaraable to do through derie, they also create adulthood. unintentional barriers. His ability to make He worked at a school for kids kids feel included is something with special needs, an experience Richmond parent Maria Brown nowhich made him “look at PE a little ticed right away. Her son, Hudson, differently,” he explained. “How do started kindergarten at Richmond you adapt the curriculum you’re Elementary in 2015 after going teaching to meet all kids’ needs?” through childcare and preschool As accessibility became more in a different town. “Breaking into important to him, he also noticed the community was a little bit that kids with greater financial harder for us,” she remembered. resources discovered team sports When she picked up her son after far earlier than kids without. The his first day of school, she observed 3-year-old who starts playing team Godfrey checking in with him by soccer has a vast advantage over name. “He’s basically the parent of the 6-year-old who tries it in gym 300 kids, and he knew my kid from

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Godfrey isn’t afraid to try new things to encourage his students to do the same, even if it means looking a little silly. A recent unit on rhythmic movement illustrated this. In March, Godfrey instructed kindergarteners and first graders to come up with class dances. “But I don’t want to show you all the moves. I want you to invent some,” he told them. “Make it something everyone can do. You might be able to do a split, but let’s not choose that, because not everyone can do a split.” In the kindergarten class, kids paired off. “How about skateboarding?” one shouted. “No, skiing!” said another as they tried to translate favorite activities into moves. They rehearsed while Godfrey cued up “I Like to Move It” by Reel 2 Real. Then they demonstrated moves like the Sparkletoes ( jumping and twirling), the Sillybilly (similar to the Running Man) and the Soccer Dribble in front of classmates. In the first-grade class, the students and Godfrey performed a sequence of moves, and he wondered aloud how they should end the dance. One kid suggested jumping up like a star and saying Yay! Godfrey, well over 6 feet tall, and about a dozen students, all under 4 feet, sprung into the air, waved their arms and yelled joyfully. Light-up sneakers shimmered over the gym floor, and a kid with a missing front tooth spontaneously started break-dancing. “Each year I try to do something out of my comfort zone. Dancing is definitely that,” Godfrey said in a conversation afterward. Another example: During a circus arts unit in the fall, Godfrey wanted to learn how to juggle, so he practiced in front of his classes. “They thought it was great, because I was terrible. But they watched me get better,” he said. And just like Richmond kids can ski or snowboard and ride a bike, Godfrey can now juggle. K


Godfrey has an ulterior motive for operating programs the way he does, and he doesn’t mind sharing it. “I look at this as a way to organize activities for my kids to participate in,” he said cheerfully, pointing out that, like lots of families, his own would struggle to pay for private camps and extracurricular programs. He and his wife, Makenzie, who have been together since their teens, like to do sports and activities with their children, ages 7, 4 and 1. Frequently, Makenzie and the kids tag along with him for camps and after-school activities. “People ask, ‘Why volunteer your summers?’” he said. “I get to be out here with my son.” That benefit is extended to other families as well. Jess Whitaker, whose fourthgrade daughter, Lena, participated in afterschool ice skating this year, volunteered with her preschool daughter, Anna, in tow. “She’s not in school during that time, and she gets to go on the ice, too,” Whitaker said. For her older daughter, she’s noticed the program’s social benefit. “It’s a good community builder, because she’s doing activities with kids she might not normally.” And since Lena recently started playing hockey, Whitaker sees more positive reinforcement in having several women who are former high school hockey players volunteering on the ice. Though all of Godfrey’s programs rely on volunteers, Maria Brown pointed out that Godfrey provides options for full-time working parents like her. “If I can’t get out of work on a Tuesday to volunteer on the mountain, it doesn’t make me feel like a crappy parent. There are other ways I can give back,” she said, like helping out with evening fundraisers. “I want to make sure he feels supported.”

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Junior Golf Academy

2018 LeAP! Learn and Play Summer Camp at Shelburne Museum June 25–29 The Vermonter’s Way Ages 9–11 July 2–6 and 9–13 Art Adventurers Ages 4–6 July 16–20 Wild Wild West Ages 7–10


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Fractured Fables June 25-29 Theater Play for Every Day July 16-20 Actor! Author!! July 23-27

Two-week Advanced Intensive BY AUDITION! May 1

PGA Award Winning Instructors • Ages 8-14 • Lunch provided daily • Under “The Big Top”: Pool, Ping Pong & Shuffleboard


Performance and Technical/ Design tracks in Musical Theater (5 shows in 3 Days! age 10–21) July 30-Aug 12


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WND&WVS is offering weekly half-day windsurfing camps from Jun 18th through Aug 24th at our brand new BURLINGTON SURF CLUB location. The camp runs from 8:45 am to 1:45 pm, Monday through Friday followed by a free lunch from THE SPOT. Visit WNDNWVS.COM/PLAY or call 802 540-2529 for more information.

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• Boys and girls ages 5 - 16 • Burlington, Essex, Fairfax, Ferrisburgh, Georgia, North Hero, Underhill, Waterbury The Y’s Community Partner


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For kids are wild about animals For kidswild who are wild about animals! For kidswho who are about animals! Kids Ages 5-7: $195

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Animal Adventures (ages 7-9) Week 1: Adventures Monday - Friday, July 9 -still 13 available! Week 3: Monday - Friday, July 23 - 27 Animal (ages 7-9) Afternoons only Session One: 8:30AM - 12:30PM Session Three: 9AM - 3PM July 13-17 ● July 20-24

Afternoons only still available! Week 2: Monday - Friday, July 16 - 20 Summer Safari (ages 10-12) JulySession 13-17 ●Two: July8:30AM 20-24 - 12:30PM

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Full-day camp: A few slots available Session Four: 9AM - 3PM July 27– July 31● Aug 3-7 ● Aug.10-14

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Five: 9 AM - 3 PM Register: (802) 862-0135 x Session 12 Week 6: Monday - Friday, Or visit August 13 - 17 Session Six: 9 AM - 3 PM

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Before & after care hours are available. Scholarships funded by Redducs Foundation

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April Vacation Camps: Ages 6-9 Don’t Stop Hop Hop Ages 3-6 Mini Hoop Full days 9am-4pm Summer Camp registration OPEN! Visit for full list of Summer Camp programs! 150 Dorset St (The Blue Mall) South Burlington 497-0136

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HOSMER POINT June 25-30th • July 23-28th Performances Friday @6PM Saturday16T Matinee @1PM Summer Musical Theatre Camps

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• Week-long ballet themed camps for ages 3-9; Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Nutcracker and more!

Saturday May 26, 2018 at 1:00 & 6:30 pm. For show & ticket information visit

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June 8-10 Adult Camp: (3 days, 2 overnight) June 23 Intro To Smirkus: Age 5-11 (1 day, no overnight) June 16-17 Smirklings: Age 6-11 (2 days, 1 overnight)

Our annual showcase of talent from ages 4 through pre-professional will dance their way onto the Flynn Main Stage in Burlington for 2 exciting performances,

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The best way to build friendships and core strength is with a belly laugh! Learn to flip, fly, juggle, clown, unicyle and more!

Classes & Camps 2018 SUMMER


Clown around with Smirkus this summer!

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Camp scholarships make summer fun affordable BY ALISON NOVAK ILLUSTRATIONS BY HATIYE GARIP






annah Bogard, director of YWCA Vermont Camp Hochelaga in South Hero, remembers a particularly enthusiastic camper from last summer. The 12-year-old girl “was so full of energy and excitement,” ready to take on new experiences like kayaking and performing arts, and always surrounded by a pack of friends. Her family also happened to be homeless. Camp Hochelaga was able to provide her with a full scholarship to attend the overnight, all-girls camp on the shores of Lake Champlain for a week, an opportunity Bogard said “allowed her family to know she was well cared for while they went through this challenging spot where they were trying to make ends meet.” The camper will be returning this summer. Camp Hochelaga’s Circle of Girls scholarship fund provides full and partial scholarships to more than 50 girls annually, amounting to around $35,000. A base of private donors — mostly camp alumnae— support the fund. Families sending their kids to camp can also choose to support the fund by paying slightly higher tuition. The fund has been around since the camp started in 1919, says Bogard, but in recent years it’s become a priority for camp leadership. This summer, they hope to provide scholarships to 70 campers. Families who are eligible through the state for free or reduced lunch, and who can show documentation of their current financial standing, qualify for between a 75 percent and full camp scholarship. They still

pay a $50 deposit. Hochelaga also provides some financial assistance to families who may not meet free or reduced lunch qualifications but who, says Bogard, “may not be making enough money to spend hundreds of dollars on summer camp.” Scholarships are firstcome, first-served, and the application is part of the online registration process. Children in foster care automatically qualify for a full scholarship, says Bogard, and every summer around eight to 10 foster kids attend Hochelaga. Bogard shared testimonials from families who benefited from scholarships. “At home, I don’t get this much kindness. The counselors and my cabinmates help me and make me feel welcomed and happy here,” one Circle of Girls scholarship recipient wrote. “I will really miss this camp when I leave and I hope I can come back next year.” Families can approach camps directly to ask if they have scholarships, says Ellen Flight, president of the Vermont Camp Association. Here is a sampling of local camps that offer financial assistance.

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2018 Class Schedule


partial scholarships for youth camps. Apply here: communitysailingcenter. org/csc-mcconnellscholarship/ •



Did you enjoy watching Riverdance? Why not learn some of the steps!

Financial aid available!

Call or email to hold a spot in our summer camps!

Camp dates

July 16-20 & July 23-27. 9am -1pm Ages 4 and up

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Burlington offers full and partial scholarships based on need. Parents can contact camp director Rev. Sherry Osborn at sosborn@ dioceseofvermont. org or 658-6233. Visit to donate to the scholarship fund.

All Ages…All Levels

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a Girl Assistance Fund, which awarded girls in Vermont and New Hampshire more than $96,000 in 2017. Learn more about the program here: en/donate/fund_a_girl. html. Contact Tricia Casey, director of fund development, at pcasey@ or 888-474-9686 for more information.

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Nature Camp Programs Pre-K to 8th Grade Contact us at 802.359.5000 or


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Greensboro offers a limited number of partial scholarships to its circuscentered camp, based on families’ income or other financial circumstances. Find scholarship applications at smirkus. org/smirkus-camp.

South Burlington offers $50-$75 discounts on a caseby-case basis. Contact honestyogastudio@gmail. com for more information.

Vermont’s only certified

Irish Dance School!

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Ellsworth, Maine awards scholarships based on family income and number of children in the household. It offers full scholarships to military families. Find scholarship forms here: campjordan. org/scholarships

Burlington offers full and partial scholarships for its performing arts camps. Find the scholarship application at flynncenter. qpi28x61su35kk/ or email Sarah Caliendo at for a paper application.



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YMCA CAMP ABNAKI in North Hero provides more than $45,000 in financial assistance to approximately 100 campers every summer. The majority of their scholarships are partial, with the average family receiving financial assistance for half of the camp fee. Families can apply for financial assistance online at or by completing a paper application. The camp works with school guidance counselors, social workers and family advocates to help families attend camp at a cost that they can afford, adds camp director Jon Kuypers.

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Sailing, Paddling & More Scholarships Available

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Fun Starts June 25th

FREESTYLE, PARKOUR AND NINJA WARRIOR TRAINING! Visit us at the Kids VT Camp Fair in February!

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CAMP ABNAKI • Overnight camp for boys that have completed grades 1-10 • 100 years on North Hero’s shores • Archery, sailing, camp fires, more • Learn skills, build confidence, have fun!

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Summer Play Days at Orchard Valley Two locations, two great camp programs!

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Dream Big 5K & Fun Run: Racers lace up their sneaks for a race on a flat, stroller-friendly course. 10 a.m., Essex Middle School.


Lil’ Vermonters Consignment Sale: Shoppers delight in gently used baby, children’s and maternity items. Friday, 5-9 p.m. (advanced tickets required) & Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Champlain Valley Expo, Essex Junction.

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Big Rig Day: Families check out cool trucks, tractors and buses. 9 a.m.-noon, Swanton Village Municipal Building.

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Kids and adults celebrate spring with games, fireside crafts, storytelling and more at EARTHWALK VERMONT’S SPRING COMMUNITY DAY. Bring your own place settings and a potluck dish to share. Sunday, April 29, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., EarthWalk Vermont, Plainfield.





CALENDAR APRIL 3 Tuesday CHITTENDEN Dorothy’s List Book Club: Middle readers make merry conversation around a DCF pick. Call the library for the title. Ages 8-11. Burnham Memorial Library, Colchester, 4 p.m. Info, 264-5660. FREE

Reading Buddies: Little literati pair up with volunteers for literacy and laughs. Kindergarten and up. Burnham Memorial Library, Colchester, 3:30-4:30 p.m., preregistration appreciated but not required. Info, 264-5660. FREE

Yoga for Kids: Young yogis engage their energy and explore breathing exercises and relaxation poses with professional instructor Melissa from Evolution Yoga. Ages 2-5. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 11-11:30 a.m. Info, 865-7216. FREE

Read to a Dog: Little bibliophiles select stories to share with a furry friend. Ages 5-10. Fairfax Community Library, 3:15-4:15 p.m., preregister for 15-minute time slot. Info, 849-2420. FREE

Library Elementary Event Planners: Junior helpers pursue the STEAM — science, technology, engineering, art and math — project of creating air cannons and celebrate Sherlock Homes’s birthday with minute mysteries. Grades 6-8. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Info, 878-6956. FREE

LAMOILLE Tots on the Turf: Little ones move and groove in forts, games and free play. Caregiver supervision required. Stowe Arena, 10-11 a.m., $5 per child. Info, 253-6138.

Spanish Musical Kids: Niños celebrate Latin American culture through tunes and games en español. Ages 1-5 with a caregiver. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 11-11:45 a.m. Info, 865-7216. FREE

RUTLAND Killington Lego Club: Busy kiddos build with plastic blocks, inspired by a weekly theme. Ages 6 and up; children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult. Sherburne Memorial Library, Killington, 3-4 p.m. Info, 422-9765.

Winooski Lego Club: Budding builders bust out plastic-block creations with the weekly Lego challenge. Free meals available for ages 18 and under. Winooski Memorial Library, 3-6 p.m. Info, 655-6424. FREE FRANKLIN Adoption Support Group: Families facing adoption issues and challenges join forces in a respectful setting. All welcome. Franklin County Seniors Center, St. Albans, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Info, 524-1700. FREE Sewing Club: Zippered Pouch: Junior crafters stitch and socialize. Must attend both sessions. Ages 8 and up. Fairfax Community Library, 3-4:30 p.m., preregister. Info, 849-2420. FREE RUTLAND Chess Club: Strategists of all skill levels partner up for playing. Ages 6 and up. Sherburne Memorial Library, Killington, 3-4 p.m. Info, 422-9765. FREE WASHINGTON Maker Program: Crafty kiddos dig into different projects using the library’s materials and mentoring. Ages 8-11. Waterbury Public Library, 3-4 p.m., preregister. Info, 244-7036.





WINDSOR Norwich Lego Tuesdays: Imaginative architects bust out blocks and get busy. Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult. Norwich Public Library, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Info, 649-1184. FREE

4 Wednesday CHITTENDEN Family Game Day: Grownups and youngsters rally for a weekly round of tabletop fun. Free meals available for ages 18 and under. Winooski Memorial Library, 3-6 p.m. Info, 655-6424. FREE Read to Daisy the Therapy Dog: Book buffs bring a selection from home or borrow from the library to amuse an attentive canine. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 3:30-4:30 p.m., preregister online. Info, 878-6956. FREE Reading Buddies: Middle school mentors take time to read with youngsters. Bring a favorite book or choose one from the library. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 3:30-4:30 p.m., preregister. Info, 878-6956. FREE

FRANKLIN Fit Moms: Expectant mamas work out together, preparing for labor with cardio, strength, stretching and breathing. Northwestern Medical Center, St. Albans, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Info, 288-1141. FREE



investigate the amazing mysteries of planet earth through themed programming featuring live animals, feathers, pelts, crafts, stories and more. See for specific details. All ages. The Nature Museum at Grafton, APRIL 17-20, 11 A.M., by donation, preregistration encouraged. Info, 843-2111.


brainstorm ways to help take care of our planet. ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington, WEDNESDAY, APRIL 18, 10:30-11 A.M., regular museum admission $11.50-14.50; free for children under 3. Info, 864-1848. ABENAKI AND NATURE: A SPECIAL EARTH DAY PROGRAM (AND PARTY!): Naturalists

honor our planet and the Abenaki by soaking up Native American stories and engaging in traditional games and crafts, as part of a week-long celebration of Earth Day. The Nature Museum at Grafton, SATURDAY, APRIL 21, 11 A.M., by donation. Info, 843-2111.


Our planet’s health and beauty is fêted with a clothing, book and media swap; a kids’ tent from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with activities sponsored by North Branch Nature Center, the Kellogg-Hubbard Library and Cate Farm; nature-centered workshops and more. See website for a complete schedule. Hunger Mountain Co-op, Montpelier, SATURDAY, APRIL 21, 8 A.M., preregistration required for some workshops. Info, 223-8000. FREE


of our planet includes DIY crafts, live raptor programs, vegetable seed planting and opportunities to learn about how our decisions impact the environment. Vermont Institute of Natural Science Nature Center, Quechee, SATURDAY, APRIL 21, 10 A.M.-5 P.M. AND SUNDAY, APRIL 22, 10 A.M.-5 P.M., regular museum admission,

$13-15; free for children under 4. Info, 359-5000.


Little ones listen to stories celebrating love of the natural world. Bring one gently-read picture book to trade for another. St. Albans Free Library, SATURDAY, APRIL 21, 10:30 A.M. Info, 524-1507. FREE EARTH DAY BIRTHDAY: WonderArts observes the beauty and fragility of our planet and celebrates the anniversary of their Greenspace with hot dog roasting, s’mores snacking, a scavenger hunt, games and more. WonderArts Vermont, Greensboro, SUNDAY, APRIL 22, 1-3 P.M., suggested donation $5-10; RSVP. Info, 533-9370. EARTHWALK SPRING COMMUNITY DAY:

Naturalists celebrate spring with games, fireside crafts, skills, storytelling and more. Bring your own place settings and a potluck dish to share. EarthWalk Vermont, Plainfield, SUNDAY, APRIL 29, 11 A.M.-3 P.M. Info, 454-8500. FREE

Rutland Winter Farmers Market: More than 50 vendors peddle produce, fresh salad greens, apples and cider, artisan cheeses, homemade breads, and other local products. Vermont Farmers Food Center, Rutland, 3-6 p.m. Info, 342-4727. ORANGE Randolph Lego Wednesdays: Aspiring architects construct creatively while chatting. Kimball Public Library, Randolph, 2:30-4:30 p.m. Info, 728-5073. FREE WASHINGTON Walk-Through Wednesday at Orchard Valley: Parents checking out an alternative education for their children tour classrooms for grades 1-8, a mixed-age kindergarten and Farm & Forest classes. For adults. Orchard Valley Waldorf School, East Montpelier, 8:30-10:30 a.m., preregister by April 3. Info, 456-7400. FREE WINDSOR Sensory Lab for Tots: Wee ones explore selfguided art stations, including finger painting, modeling dough, moon sand and more. Ages 5 and under; adult supervision required. ArtisTree/Purple Crayon, South Pomfret, 9:30-11:30 a.m., $5 per family. Info, 457-3500. Story and Yoga Time with Angel: Angel Rubino of the North Chapel Spiritual Exploration for Children and Families Committee leads little ones and caregivers in storytelling, movement, meditation and more. Ages 2-6 with adult. Norman Williams Public Library, Woodstock, 10:30 a.m.-noon. Info, 457-2295. FREE

5 Thursday CHITTENDEN Audubon Homeschool Program: Homebased learners use the outdoor classroom to explore a variety of seasonal topics, from insect investigations to wilderness skills. Ages 6-8. Parent attendance optional. Audubon Vermont, Huntington, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., $20-25, preregister. Info, 434-3068.

SUBMIT YOUR MAY EVENTS FOR PRINT BY APRIL 15 AT KIDSVT.COM OR CALENDAR@KIDSVT.COM Babytime: Infants through pre-walkers have a ball with books, rhymes, songs and socializing. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 10:15-11 a.m. Info, 865-7216. FREE Colchester Lego Club: Mini-makers participate in surprise challenges with interlocking toys. Ages 6-10. Burnham Memorial Library, Colchester, 4 p.m. Info, 264-5660. FREE James Kochalka: Book Launch: This Vermont graphic artist — and the state’s first official Cartoonist Laureate — celebrates his new book, Mechaboys!, an action-packed darkcomedy teen-romance for all ages. Phoenix Books, Burlington, 7 p.m., $3, includes a $5 coupon for the featured book; proceeds benefit the Vermont Foodbank. Info, 448-3350. Read to a Dog: Pet-lovers peruse books with registered therapy pooches. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 3:30-4:30 p.m., preregister. Info, 878-4918. FREE Read to Archie the Therapy Dog: An attentive canine listens to little people read. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 3:15-4:15 p.m., preregistration appreciated. Info, 878-6956. FREE


Williston Preschool Music: Lively tunes with local musicians strike the right note among the wee crowd. Second Thursdays feature Spanish music with Constancia Gomez. Ages 5 and under with a caregiver. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 10:30 a.m.; limited to one session per week per family. Info, 878-4918. FREE FRANKLIN Franklin Lego Thursdays: Kiddie constructionists combine their creativity with the library’s supplies. Haston Library, Franklin, 2-5 p.m. Info, 285-6505. FREE St. Albans Circle of Parents for Foster & Adoptive Families: Parents share childrearing stories to strengthen skills and build strong families. Franklin County Seniors Center, St. Albans, 5:30-7:30 p.m., preregister. Info, 524-1700. FREE LAMOILLE Art Play: Toddlers drop in and create selfdirected projects with diverse art supplies. Ages 1-4; caregiver required. Helen Day Art Center, Stowe, 10-11:30 a.m., $5. Info, 253-8358.

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CHITTENDEN Family Gym: Indoor playground equipment provides tiny tumblers a chance to run free. Ages 7 and under. Greater Burlington YMCA, 10:15-11:45 a.m., $5-8 per family; free for members. Info, 862-9622.

CALEDONIA Animal Buddies: Night at the Museum: See April 6, 9-10 a.m.

Family Wheel Drop-In: Parents and kids form clay sculptures with assistance from staff and try out the pottery wheel. BCA Studios, Burlington, 5-7 p.m., $9-10 per participant, $5 additional for each piece fired and glazed. Info, 865-7157.

Caledonia Winter Farmers Market: Freshly baked goods, veggies, handmade crafts, meat and maple syrup figure prominently in displays of Vermont wares. St. Johnsbury Welcome Center, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Info, 592-3088. FREE

Kids Music With Linda ‘Tickle Belly’ Bassick: Toe-tapping tunes captivate kiddies. Radio Bean, Burlington, 11 a.m. Info, 660-9346. FREE

CHITTENDEN Burlington Winter Farmers Market: Local farmers, artisans and producers offer fresh and prepared foods, crafts and more in a bustling indoor marketplace made merry with live music. Free face painting for little ones ages 2 and up. UVM Davis Center, Burlington, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Info, 310-5172.

Magic: The Gathering: Planeswalkers seek knowledge and glory in this trading-card game. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 6-8 p.m. Info, 878-6956. FREE PRENATAL & POSTNATAL YOGA CLASSES AT EVOLUTION PRENATAL YOGA CENTER:

Have a more comfortable pregnancy and prepare for birth with stretching, strengthening and relaxation in prenatal yoga, then bring your body back to balance and strength in postnatal yoga. Join our community of mothers at any point in your pregnancy, and 6 weeks or later in your postpartum time (until baby is crawling). No yoga experience necessary. Prenatal Yoga: Saturdays, 11:30 am; Sundays, 10:15 am; Mondays, 5:45 pm; Tuesdays, 4:15 pm; Wednesdays, 5:45 pm; Thursdays, 12:30 pm; Fridays, 8:15 pm. Postnatal Yoga: Sundays, 12:15 pm; Tuesdays, 10 am; Thursdays, 10:45 am; Fridays, 8:15 am and noon. Drop-ins welcome, $15/ class, $130/10-class pass or $75/ monthly unlimited. Location: Evolution Prenatal Yoga Center, 20 Kilburn Street, Burlington. Info, LES MISÉRABLES MUSICAL THEATER: April

16-20, 9:00 am. to 4:00 p.m., ages 8-11 and 12-18, week-long musical theater intensive in acting, voice, dance and ensemble work. Location: Vermont Youth Theater in Montpelier. To register, please visit or email

Branch Out Teen Night: Teens enjoy time together with monthly themed activities. Grades 7-12. ArtisTree/Purple Crayon, South Pomfret, 6 p.m. Info, 457-3500. FREE

Preschool Yoga: Small ones sing, stretch and relax. Ages 2 and up. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 10-10:30 a.m. Info, 878-6956. FREE Pun-Off: Punsters participate in a fun-filled contest organized by teens, with an admiring audience of all ages. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 7-8:30 p.m. Info, 878-6956. FREE Tot Yoga: Mamas, papas and small ones stretch themselves with stories, songs and silliness. Ages 2-5. Jericho Town Library, 3-4 p.m., preregistration required. Info, 899-4686. FREE

LAMOILLE Kids’ Night Out: While their parents appreciate time off, youngsters enjoy dinner, a movie and themed activities. Ages 4-12. David Gale Recreation Center, Stowe, 6-10 p.m., $15 per child; drop-ins welcome. Info, 253-6138. Tots on the Turf: See April 4. RUTLAND Rutland Library Book Sale: Bibliophiles thumb through thousands of hardcovers, paperbacks, puzzles and more. Rutland Free Library, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Info, 773-1860. ORLEANS Craftsbury Lego Club: Petite ones build with plastic blocks and chat companionably. Ages 4-12. Craftsbury Public Library, Craftsbury Common, 3-4:30 p.m. Info, 586-9683. FREE

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Drag Queen Story Hour: Vermont drag queens Emoji Nightmare and Nikki Champagne host a story hour for all ages, illustrating the imagination and play of childhood’s gender fluidity and offering glamorous and positive queer role models. Burnham Memorial Library, Colchester, 11 a.m.-noon. Info, 730-2383. FREE EvoKids Saturday Drop-In Yoga: Youngsters master basic yoga poses through games, songs and dance. Mindfulness activities improve focus and concentration. Evolution Prenatal & Family Yoga Center, Burlington, 11:45 a.m.12:30 p.m., $15. Info, 899-0339. Family Mini-Craft Workshop: Families start the weekend by pursuing projects in workshops with skills varying by week, including hand-building with clay, printmaking and visual arts. Ages 6 and up. Shelburne Craft School, 10 a.m.-noon, preregister; $25 per person. Info, 985-3648. Kids Building Workshop: Handy helpers learn do-it-yourself skills and tool safety as they construct seasonal projects. Ages 5-12. Home Depot, Williston, 9 a.m.-noon, preregister at Info, 872-0039. FREE


Now in Burlington and Essex Junction! Register now for our spring sessions of baby and kids yoga, ages 6 months to teens. Weekday and weekend classes available in both locations: Evolution Family Yoga Center, 20 Kilburn St., Burlington and The Barns at Lang Farm, Essex Junction. Info,

CALEDONIA Animal Buddies: Night at the Museum: Preschoolers take their stuffed friends to the Museum for a “hibernation” night on Friday before 6 p.m. The next morning at 9 a.m., little tykes enjoy a light breakfast and learn how Vermont’s woodland animals spend their wintery nights. Fairbanks Museum & Planetarium, St. Johnsbury, $10. Info, 748-2372.

WINDSOR Bethel First Friday Flicks: Families flock together for free films on the first Friday of each month. Seating available or bring blankets and beanbags. Bethel Town Hall, 6:30-8:30 p.m., donations accepted; popcorn and drinks available for purchase. Info, 234-6305. FREE

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BRAZILIAN JIU-JITSU: The future of our nation lies in the courage, confidence and determination of its people. Our Kids BJJ Program promotes self-esteem, self-confidence, character development, and a physical outlet with discipline, cooperation with other children, respect for peers and adults, perseverance, and a healthy lifestyle. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu will help your kids to learn realistic bullyproofing and self-defense skills that they can use for the rest of their lives! Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu builds endurance, patience and self-respect. Give your kids the ability to get stronger, gain confidence and build resilience! Our sole purpose is to help empower people by giving them practices they can carry with them throughout life. Remember you are raising children, not flowers. First class is free! Please stop by our school at 55 Leroy Road, Williston; call 598-2839; visit or email to register your son or daughter!

MULTIPLE VT LOCATIONS Student Sleep Out: In this four-night event, civic-minded students spend the night in backyards or on football fields and church lawns to raise awareness and funds for youth homelessness. Various locations; students raise money to support Spectrum Youth & Family Services. Info, 864-7423.



CALENDAR APRIL 7 Saturday (cont.) Raptor Encounters with VINS: Fledgling naturalists view live falcons, hawks and owls up close, learning facts about food webs, predator-prey relationships and particular adaptations for winged raptors. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 11 a.m.-noon. Info, 878-6956. FREE Read to Cleo The Therapy Dog: Canine and reading enthusiasts visit with a personable pooch. Milton Public Library, 10 a.m., preregister. Info, 893-4644. FREE Storytime for Kids – En Français: French native and experienced teacher, Caroline Juneau, leads little ones in an immersion storytime, from beginners to bilinguals. Ages 2-10. Alliance Francais of the Lake Champlain Region, Burlington, 11-11:30 a.m., $5, $2 for each additional sibling; free for members. Info, 881-8826.

Webby’s Art Studio: Beetle Jewels: Avid artists of all ages check out the insects displayed in the museum’s temporary exhibit, “In the Garden,” then experiment with metallic paint to create their own colored work. Shelburne Museum, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., regular winter museum admission, $5-10; free for children under 5. Info, 985-3346. Weekend Fun at Vermont Teddy Bear Company: Families enjoy indoor fun with a factory tour, sit down to tea with the bears and check out the coloring area. Vermont four-year-olds who preregister for the Vermont Cub Project receive a free teddy bear for a best friend. Vermont Teddy Bear Company, Shelburne, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Info, 985-3001. FREE Winter Farmers’ Market: Shake Your Own Butter: At the Burlington Winter Farmers’ Market, families stop by City Market’s booth for a butter-making activity. UVM Davis Center, Burlington, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Info, 861-9757. FREE

Science & Nature SCIENCE & STORIES AT ECHO: Preschoolers

rally ‘round for nature-inspired tales and activities. ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington, WEDNESDAYS, 10:30 A.M., THROUGH APRIL 11, regular museum admission, $11.50-14.50; free for children under 3. Info, 864-1848. MONTSHIRE MAKERS: Middle school

inventors use their imagination and the museum’s materials to create cool projects, with different monthly themes. Grades 6-9. Montshire Museum of Science, Norwich, FIRST FRIDAY OF EVERY MONTH, 6:30-8 P.M., $8-15, preregistration encouraged. Info, 649-2200.


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leap while spring-lovers drop in and watch a sheep get its yearly haircut, then wash wool and learn how to spin and felt. Shelburne Farms, SATURDAY, APRIL 7, 10 A.M.-1 P.M., $5-6. Info, 985-8686. SHELBURNE SUGAR-ON-SNOW PARTY:

Families sample the state’s “liquid gold” and delight in boiling demonstrations, a petting zoo, walking trails and live music. Palmer’s Sugarhouse, Shelburne, SATURDAYS & SUNDAYS, NOON-4 P.M., THROUGH APRIL 15. Info, 985-5054. FREE SUGAR-ON-SNOW AT SHELBURNE SUGARWORKS: Families see the sweet

stuff boil, sample fresh syrup, listen to live music from 12:30-3:30 p.m. and explore miles of hiking in the sugarbush. Shelburne Sugarworks, SATURDAYS & SUNDAYS, NOON-5 P.M., THROUGH APRIL 15; food and syrup available for purchase. Info, 233-7531.

TOUR THE COSMOS: This 50-minute live presentation takes the audience on a journey deep into the universe. Ages 6 and up. Fairbanks Museum & Planetarium, St. Johnsbury, SATURDAYS & SUNDAYS, 1:30 P.M., $6 plus regular museum admission, $7-9; free for children under 5. Info, 748-2372. AIR WORKS EXHIBITION OPENING: The Montshire Museum hosts a grand opening of its new exhibit, which features tinkering and making activities, including a 3-D air maze, a hover table, a chain-reaction machine and a paper airplane launcher. Displays include an air-operated bottle organ by Leonard Solomon and a new large-scale aerial sculpture in the museum atrium. Montshire Museum of Science, Norwich, SATURDAY, APRIL 14, 10 A.M.-5 P.M.,

regular museum admission, $12-15; free for members and children under 2. Info, 649-2200. SALAMANDER SLEUTHS:

Nature lovers seek springtime amphibians under damp forest rocks and logs. Ages 3-5 with an adult companion. Audubon Vermont, Huntington, THURSDAY, APRIL 19, 9-10:30 A.M., $8-10 per adult-child pair, $4 per additional child, preregister. Info, 434-3068.

LAMOILLE Spanish Musical Kids: Buenos Aires native Constancia Gomez shares stories, singing, dancing and Latin culture with small ones and caregivers. Ages 5 and under. Varnum Memorial Library, Jeffersonville, 10-11 a.m. Info, 644-2117. FREE RUTLAND Rutland Library Book Sale: See April 6, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Rutland Winter Farmers Market: See April 4, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. WASHINGTON Clay Critters Crafting: Petite sculptors create their own ocean critters with air-dry clay. Ages 4-9. Morse Farm Maple Sugarworks, Montpelier, 10-11 a.m., preregister. Info, 223-2740. FREE Songs for Spring and Nature: Melody lovers of all ages encourage spring’s return by swapping tunes about plants, animals and the joy of nature. Bring instruments. Small snacks provided. Unitarian Church of Montpelier, 10-11:30 a.m., RSVP requested. Info, 223-1509. FREE

ECHO MUDFEST: Young ecologists celebrate

Vermont’s messiest season with activities, games and a daily “Mud Fling” from the Museum’s top floor. ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington, APRIL 21-29, 10 A.M.-5 P.M., regular museum admission, $11.50-14.50; free for children under 3. Info, 864-1848. PARK SPRUCE UP DAY: Volunteers get the grounds ready for summer use, with projects including painting, weeding, setting up tennis and volleyball courts, putting out tables and garbage cans, and more. Bombardier Park, Milton, SATURDAY, APRIL 21, 9 A.M.-NOON. Info, 893-4922. FREE SPRING VOLUNTEER WORK DAY: People of

all ages lend their helping hands — from trail work to data entry — for the museum’s spring opening. Sandwiches provided. Birds of Vermont Museum, Huntington, SATURDAY, APRIL 21, 9 A.M.-2 P.M., preregister. Info, 434-2167. FREE FRIDAY MORNING BIRD WALK: Led by expert

birders and naturalists, eagle-eyed avian aficionados search for spring migrants like warblers, vireos, thrushes and waterfowl in rotating birding hotspots around Montpelier. North Branch Nature Center, Montpelier, FRIDAYS, 7-8:30 A.M., $10; free for members; RSVP requested. Info, 229-6206. VERMONT MAPLE FESTIVAL:

Come on, get sappy! A giant parade, marionette shows, Main Street entertainment, specialty foods and more showcase Vermont’s signature sweet. Check for schedule. Downtown St. Albans, APRIL 27-29, most events are free. Info, 524-5800.

Vermont Scholastic Chess Championships: Checkmate! Players of all abilities sit down for strategy games focusing on fun and sportsmanship. Grades K-12, in nine divisions. Register between 8:30-9:30 a.m.; games begin at 10 a.m. Berlin Elementary School, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., $12 per player, free to spectate, preregistration encouraged. Info, 223-1948. WINDSOR Family Clay: Children and their parents make memories firing and glazing special pieces. All ages. ArtisTree/Purple Crayon, South Pomfret, 10 a.m.-noon, $20 per parent-child pair, $5 per additional family member. Info, 457-3500.

8 Sunday CHITTENDEN Essex Open Gym: Energy-filled kids flip, jump and tumble in a state-of-the-art facility. Ages 6 and under, 1 p.m.; ages 7-12, 2:30 p.m.; ages 13 and up, 4 p.m. Regal Gymnastics Academy, Essex, 1-5:30 p.m., $8-14. Info, 655-3300. Family Gym: See April 6. BIRD-MONITORING WALK:

Eagle-eyed participants bring binoculars to search the museum’s property for fluttering feathers. Best for adults and older children. Please bring your own binoculars. Birds of Vermont Museum, Huntington, SATURDAY, APRIL 28, 7:30-9 A.M., donations welcome, preregistration encouraged. Info, 434-2167. ST. JOHNSBURY WORLD MAPLE FESTIVAL:

This sweet celebration features an 8 a.m. 5K Sap Lap, a hearty pancake breakfast sweetened with this year’s bounty, a downtown street fair from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. and a kids’ fun zone. Downtown St. Johnsbury, SATURDAY, APRIL 28, free admission, race fee $5-8, $20 per family. Info, 626-4124.

VALUABLE VULTURES: Avian admirers learn about these beautiful birds, craft a kite, take a short hike in the wild and greet a live turkey vulture. Ages 5 and up. Shelburne Farms, SATURDAY, APRIL 28, 10 A.M.-NOON, $3-7 per child-adult pair, preregister. Info, 985-8686. SPRING HOMESCHOOLERS’ DAY: THE SCIENCE OF AIR: Home learners join together

for a day of exploring, experimenting and building in conjunction with the museum’s new exhibit, “Air Works,” with interactive exhibits including a 3-D air maze, hover table, chain-reaction machine and paper airplane launcher. Montshire Museum of Science, Norwich, MONDAY, APRIL 30, 10:30 A.M.-3 P.M., regular museum admission, $12-15; free for children under 2. Info, 649-2200.

SUBMIT YOUR MAY EVENTS FOR PRINT BY APRIL 15 AT KIDSVT.COM OR CALENDAR@KIDSVT.COM RUTLAND Open Poetry Mic: Literary lovers of all ages listen to original works or sign up at the door to read their own creations. Phoenix Books Rutland, 2-4 p.m. Info, 855-8078. FREE ORANGE Auditions: ‘The Next Generation’: Area students who are seriously studying classical music — instrumental or vocal, as soloists or in groups — try out for a May 18 concert. Ages 13 and up. Chandler Music Hall, Randolph, noon, preregister. Info, 728-9402. FREE WASHINGTON ‘Screenagers: Growing Up In the Digital Age’: Hosted by Orchard Valley Waldorf School, this documentary explores the influence of technology on teens and how adults might empower children to navigate the digital world. Unitarian Church of Montpelier, 4-6 p.m., by donation. Info, 456-7400. Dance, Sing & Jump Around: Families delight in a lively afternoon of circle and line dances and singing games with instruction and live music. Liz Benjamin and Ethan Guiles callers. Plainfield Town Hall Opera House, 3-4:30 p.m., suggested donation $5; free for children. Info, 223-1509.

9 Monday CHITTENDEN Colchester Preschool Music: Bitty ones dance and sing to a brisk beat. Ages 3-5. Burnham Memorial Library, Colchester, 11:30 a.m. Info, 264-5660. FREE Crafts for Kids: Clever kiddos pursue artsy projects. Ages 5 and up. Burnham Memorial Library, Colchester, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Info, 264-5660. FREE Go Club: Game lovers get into the action of this 4,000-year-old strategy pastime. All ages. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Info, 878-6956. FREE

Stories with Megan: Little listeners learn and laugh. Ages 2-5. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 11-11:30 a.m. Info, 865-7216.

RUTLAND Babies & Toddlers Rock: Mini-musicians ages 2 and under sing songs and engage in early literacy activities. Rutland Free Library, 10-10:30 a.m. Info, 773-1860. FREE WASHINGTON Capoeira: Families train together in this Afro-Brazilian martial art which combines dance, acrobatics and music. Zenbarn Studio, Waterbury, 4:30-5:30 p.m., $12, $15 per class includes Kids Yoga at 3:30 p.m., preregister. Info, 244-8134. Kids Yoga: Youngsters stretch for strength and flexibility, building focus and selfesteem. Ages 5-12. Zenbarn Studio, Waterbury, 3:30-4:15 p.m., $12, $15 per class includes Capoeira at 4:30 p.m., preregister. Info, 244-8134.

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Williston Preschool Music: See April 5, 11 a.m.

LAMOILLE Tots on the Turf: See April 4.

CHITTENDEN Dorothy’s List Group for Homeschooled Students: Books nominated for this esteemed award generate group discussion. Grades 4-8. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 9-10 a.m. Info, 878-6956. FREE Family Game Day: See April 4.



FRANKLIN Crafternoon: Artsy kiddos get imaginative with the library’s materials. Ages 6 and up. Fairfax Community Library, 3-4 p.m., preregister. Info, 849-2420. FREE

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Story Time in French: Small ones in PJs snuggle in with their stuffed animals for stories in French and English with Delphine Quenet. Snacks served. All ages. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 6 p.m. Info, 878-4918. FREE GUD-003-18 Tile Ad (4.75” x 5.56”) 4C Untitled-22 1

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CALENDAR APRIL 11 Wednesday (cont.) Green Mountain Book Award Book Discussion for Homeschooled Students: High-school homeschoolers spark lively conversation around award-winning books. Grades 9-12. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 9-10 a.m. Info, 878-6956. FREE Read to Daisy the Therapy Dog: See April 4.

Young Writers & Storytellers: Small ones spin their own yarns. Ages 5-11. Burnham Memorial Library, Colchester, 4-5 p.m. Info, 264-5660. FREE FRANKLIN Fairfax Lego Club: Amateur architects construct creatively with colorful blocks. Ages 6 and up. Fairfax Community Library, 3-4 p.m., preregister. Info, 849-2420. FREE

Reading Buddies: See April 4.

Fit Moms: See April 4.

Red Clover Group for Homeschooled Students: Budding book lovers bury themselves in bibliophile activities. Grades K-3. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 9-10 a.m. Info, 878-6956. FREE

LAMOILLE Tots on the Turf: See April 4.

Yoga for Kids: See April 4.

Rutland Winter Farmers Market: See April 4.

RUTLAND Killington Lego Club: See April 4. ORANGE Randolph Lego Wednesdays: See April 4.


Story and Yoga Time with Angel: See April 4.

12 Thursday CHITTENDEN Audubon Homeschool Program: Homebased learners use the outdoor classroom to explore a variety of seasonal topics, from forests and trees to wildlife tracking. Ages 9-12. Parent attendance is optional. Audubon Vermont, Huntington, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., $20-25, preregister. Info, 434-3068. Colchester Lego Club: See April 5. Dorothy Canfield Fisher Book Discussion: Little literati chat about DCF pick The Girl Who Drank The Moon by Kelly Barnhill. Grades 4-8. Milton Public Library, 6:30-7:30 p.m., preregister. Info, 893-4644. FREE

‘ANIMAL TALES!’: Award-winning actor George Hearn enraptures the younger set by narrating classic children’s stories, including The Story of Babar, Peter and the Wolf. and The Carnival of the Animals, with piano performances by Jennifer Moore and Rose Chancler. Town Hall Theater, Middlebury, SATURDAY, APRIL 7, 2 P.M., $10-15. Info, 388-1436.

‘CASTLE ON THE HILL, A TALE OF KING ARTHUR’: Vermont Youth Dancers — a

YOUNG TRADITION TOURING GROUP: Teen players, singers and dancers, ages 12-20, get the audience toe-tapping with a traditional music and dance repertoire. FlynnSpace, Burlington, SATURDAY, APRIL 7, 7 P.M., $20. Info, 863-5966.

SATURDAY, APRIL 14, 6:30 P.M. AND SUNDAY, APRIL 15, 2 P.M., $10-12; King Arthur Flour

will make a donation to the Jericho/ Underhill Food Shelf. Info, 448-0893.

Milton Community Dinner: A hot and healthy meal mixes with socializing to satisfy the community. Milton High School, 4:30-7 p.m., donations appreciated. Info, 893-4111.


Read to Archie the Therapy Dog: See April 5.



WINDSOR Sensory Lab for Tots: See April 4.

Babytime: See April 5.

Live Performances


WASHINGTON History for Homeschoolers: Eager learners launch into history-related activities organized around monthly themes. Ages 7-12. Check for specific details. Vermont History Museum, Montpelier, 1-3 p.m., $6.50-8, preregister. Space is limited. Info, 828-1413.

community dance company of area students with local talented dancers — mesmerizes the audience with their own contemporary musical and hip-hop dance spin on this classic tale of chivalry, brotherhood and courage. Mount Mansfield Union High School, Jericho,

This Maine musician and member of Jonathan Edwards band gets young listeners jamming with interaction, kindness, world music, xylophone, guitar, percussion and ukulele. Kids get to join the band. Radio Bean, Burlington,

young musicians of the Repertory, Concert and Senior Orchestras perform a wide variety of music, including selections from West Side Story, Hamilton, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Senior Soloist, Spaulding High The Kratt School student brothers Jeffrey Steinman, performs the Haydn Trumpet Concerto. Barre Opera House, SUNDAY, APRIL 8, 2-5 P.M., $5-15; free for children under 5. Info, 888-4470.

brothers, Chris and Martin Kratt, amusingly educate the audience about wild and weird creatures in the animal kingdom, based on the popular PBS Kids show. Flynn MainStage, Burlington, TUESDAY, APRIL 17, 6 P.M., $25-45. Info, 863-5966.

‘WIZARD OF OZ’: This touring production

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of the 1939 classic film of a lost girl in search of home mesmerizes the audience with its brilliant sets, beloved musical score and special effects. Flynn MainStage, Burlington, WEDNESDAY,

APRIL 11, 7 P.M. AND THURSDAY, APRIL 12, 7 P.M., $35.50-77.75. Info, 863-5966.

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and singer/songwriter uses her guitar and voice to encourage the audience to join in the hopping and bopping fun. Hopkins Center for the Arts, Hanover, SATURDAY, APRIL 28, 11 A.M. Info, 603-6462422. FREE

Food for Thought Teen Group: Young adults polish off pizza as they ponder library projects. Grades 7-12. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 4-5 p.m. Info, 878-4918. FREE

SoundCheck: Hosted by slam poet Rajnii Eddins, the Young Writers Project and Burlington City Arts sponsor a writing workshop for adolescent authors and an open mic at 7 p.m. Pizza provided. Burlington City Arts, 6-8:15 p.m. Info, 865-7166. FREE Spanish Storytime: Wee ones and caregivers cozy in for stories, songs and games en español. Ages 5 and under. CarpenterCarse Library, Hinesburg, 9:30-10 a.m. Info, 482-2878. FREE Ukulele Kids: Musical types join Joe to sing and play traditional children’s songs. All ages. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 10:30-11:15 a.m. Info, 865-7216. FREE Williston Preschool Music: See April 5. FRANKLIN Franklin Lego Thursdays: See April 5. St. Albans Library Legos: Eager architects engage in construction projects with their peers. St. Albans Free Library, 3-5 p.m. Info, 524-1507. FREE LAMOILLE Art Play: See April 5. WASHINGTON History for Homeschoolers: See April 11.

NEW HAMPSHIRE Pizza Party and Focus Group: SaintGaudens National Historic Site hosts a dinner party to hear community input about how to serve area families with preschoolers through teens. Free childcare and activities provided for ages 3-12. Richard W. Black Community Center, Hanover, 5:30-7 p.m., preregister. Info, 457-3368. FREE

13 Friday CHITTENDEN Family Gym: See April 6. Family Wheel Drop-In: See April 6. Kids’ Night Out: While parents take wellearned time off, kids delight in dinner and fun. Ages 3-12. Greater Burlington YMCA, 6-8:30 p.m., $10-19, preregister. Info, 862-9622. Live-Action Role Play: LARPers create characters and plots in an amazing and imaginary adventure. Grades 6 and up. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 3-5 p.m. Info, 878-6956. FREE Milton Homeschool Project Day: Out-ofclassroom learners share projects. Milton Public Library, 1 p.m. Info, 893-4644. FREE Music with Raph: Melody lovers of all ages play and sing. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 10-10:30 a.m. Info, 878-6956. FREE LAMOILLE Tots on the Turf: See April 4. ORLEANS Craftsbury Lego Club: See April 6.

14 Saturday ADDISON Bridge School Open House: Prospective parents and students check out this independent K-6 school with a hands-on, project-based curriculum. Bridge School, Middlebury, 10 a.m.-noon. Info, 388-3498. FREE

CHITTENDEN EvoKids Saturday Drop-In Yoga: See April 7. Movies at the Library: Film lovers snuggle down, see a big-screen PG-rated flick and savor snacks. Milton Public Library, 1-4 p.m. Info, 893-4644. FREE Webby’s Art Studio: April Showers: Artists of all ages make a mixed-media mobile inspired by spring weather. Shelburne Museum, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., regular winter museum admission, $5-10; free for children under 5. Info, 985-3346. Weekend Fun at Vermont Teddy Bear Company: See April 7. FRANKLIN Baby Story Time: Small ones soak up nursery rhymes, songs and a simple story. Ages 2 and under with caregivers. St. Albans Free Library, 10:30 a.m. Info, 524-1507. FREE Big Rig Day: Families get up close and personal with cool trucks, tractors and buses, then enjoy indoor games and activities. Ages 12 and under. Swanton Village Municipal Building, 9 a.m.-noon. Info, 868-5077. FREE


RUTLAND Rutland Winter Farmers Market: See April 4, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. ORLEANS ACT 1 Workshop: ‘Yankee Doodle Dandy’: Aspiring thespians hone singing and dancing skills and learn choreography through the folktale of Yankee Doodle’s feathered hat. Full performance at 4 p.m. MAC Center for the Arts, Newport, 12:304:30 p.m., $25, $40 for 2 participants; inquire for scholarship info; preregister. Info, 334-1966. WASHINGTON Capital City Winter Farmers Market: Root veggies, honey, maple syrup and crafts change hands at an indoor off-season celebration of locavorism. Montpelier City Center, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Info, 223-2958. Green Mountain Comic Expo: Familyfriendly entertainment spans numerous pop culture genres, from anime to sci-fi and classic superheroes, with interactive kids’ activities and exhibitors celebrating the arts of comics, cosplay, gaming and more. Barre Auditorium, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., $12; free for children under 7; free for age 18 and under with paid adult admission and proof of a library card. Info, 857-8502. Kids Trade & Play: Families exchange clean and gently-used clothing and toys, size newborn to 12. Capital City Grange, Berlin, 9:30-11:30 a.m., $3 per family. Info, 831-337-8632.

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Family Gym: See April 6.

Social Impacts and Responses to Opiate Abuse in our Community: The Sisters of Mercy and Mercy Associates host an afternoon devoted to the problem of opioid abuse in Vermont. Presenters include T.J. Donovan, VT Attorney General; Mark Redmond, Director of Spectrum Youth and Family Services; and Dr. Stephen Leffler, UVM Chief Medical Officer; with Dr. John Reuwer, Emergency Medical Physician and Adjunct Professor of Peace and Justice, as facilitator. A portion of The Hungry Heart, a prize-winning documentary film by Bess O’Brien, will also be shown. Mater Christi School, Burlington, 2-4 p.m., donations at the door benefit the Howard Center. Info, 658-5494. FREE

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16 Monday CHITTENDEN Abstract Painting Improv: Adolescent artists make masterpieces while moving to music. Ages 10-18. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 3:30-5 p.m. Info, 540-2546. FREE

Chess Club: Players of all ages pursue a game of strategy. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Info, 878-6956. FREE

Colchester Preschool Music: See April 9. Crafts for Kids: See April 9. Go Club: See April 9. Stories with Megan: See April 9. Williston Preschool Music: See April 5, 11 a.m. FRANKLIN Lab Girls: Hands-on scientific experiments and explorations empower young women. Grades 4-8. Fairfax Community Library, 3-4 p.m., preregister. Info, 849-2420. FREE Stay and Play: Wee ones romp in the play room while caregivers chat. St. Albans Free Library, 10:30 a.m.-noon. Info, 524-1507. FREE LAMOILLE Tots on the Turf: See April 4. RUTLAND Babies & Toddlers Rock: See April 9. WASHINGTON Capoeira: See April 9. Kids Yoga: See April 9.


Sunday, April 29

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CHITTENDEN Dream Big 5K and Fun Run: Racers of all ages and abilities take a flat trek through neighborhoods, on a stroller- and wheelchair-friendly, professionally-timed course. Essex Middle School, 10 a.m., $10-25; proceeds benefit EDD Memorial Fund adaptive sports programs in Vermont. Info, 399-4366.

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WINDSOR Norwich Winter Farmers Market: Local growers present produce, meats and maple syrup, complementing baked goods and crafts from area artists. Tracy Hall, Norwich, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Info, 384-7447.

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Welcome Infant Social: Recently-born babes and their families get treated to a bookish celebration. Fairfax Community Library, 10-11:30 a.m., preregister. Info, 849-2420. FREE

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Little Explorer Nature Adventure Program: Eager naturalists-in-training search out the secrets of the world with Kurt Valenta and his hands-on nature approach, in various community sites during the school year. Ages 3-10 with parent participation. Highgate Public Library, Highgate Center, 9:15 a.m., preregister. Info, 868-3970. FREE

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New Parents EVOLUTION POSTNATAL YOGA: New mamas tote their pre-crawling kids to an all-levels flowing yoga class focused on bringing the body back to strength and alignment in a relaxed and nurturing environment. Evolution Prenatal & Family Yoga Center, Burlington, SUNDAYS, 12:15-1:30 P.M.; TUESDAYS, 11 A.M.-12:15 P.M.; THURSDAYS, 10:45-11:55 A.M.; AND FRIDAYS, 8:15-9:15 A.M. AND NOON-1 P.M.; $15 or $130

for a 10-class pass. Info, 899-0339.


to-be build strength, stamina, comfort and a stronger connection to their baby. Evolution Prenatal & Family Yoga Center, Burlington, SUNDAYS, 10-11:30 A.M.; MONDAYS, 5:45-7 P.M.; TUESDAYS, 4:15-5:30

P.M.; WEDNESDAYS, 5:45-7 P.M.; THURSDAYS, 12:30-1:30 P.M.; FRIDAYS, 8:15-9:15 A.M. AND SATURDAYS, 11:30 A.M.-12:30 P.M.; $15 or

$130 for 10-class pass. Info, 899-0339.


JOHNSON BABY CHAT: Parents with babies mingle, learn more about developmental needs and expectations, and have the opportunity to ask questions of a maternal health specialist. Church of the Nazarene, Johnson, FOURTH TUESDAY OF EVERY MONTH, 10-11:30 A.M. Info, 888-5229. FREE


BREASTFEEDING SUPPORT GROUP: Nursing mamas (and soon-to-be mothers!) make the most of La Leche League support while socializing with other moms and wee ones. Norman Williams Public Library, Woodstock, FRIDAY, APRIL 13, 10:30 A.M.-NOON. Info, 281-731-7313. FREE

Preschool Through 8th Grade Waldorf Observation Morning: Prospective families take a classroom tour, partake in tea and Q&A, and learn about this independent school’s programs. Lake Champlain Waldorf School, Shelburne, 8:30-10 a.m., RSVP. Info, 985-2827, ext. 212. FREE


very small ones support each other, with assistance from staff. Birth Journeys, Burlington, FIRST AND THIRD FRIDAY OF EVERY MONTH, 10-11:30 A.M., suggested donation $3. Info, 233-7909. MAMA’S CIRCLE BARRE: This supportive

includes baby massage and postpartum new mama support. The Janet S. Munt Family Room, Burlington, WEDNESDAYS, 11 A.M.-NOON. Info, 862-2121. FREE

NURSING BEYOND A YEAR: In a supportive

12:15-1:15 P.M.; THURSDAYS, 4:30-5:30 P.M. AND SATURDAYS, 10:30-11:30 A.M.; $15. Info,


and toddlers socialize and swap nursing stories. Junebug Mother and Child, Middlebury, FIRST WEDNESDAY OF EVERY MONTH, 10 A.M. Info, 388-1055. FREE

Moms who are nursing beyond a year share stories and solutions to nighttime parenting, mealtime tips, biting, weaning and other topics. St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Middlebury, THIRD MONDAY OF EVERY MONTH, 1:30-2:30 P.M. Info, 388-0363. FREE

MOM AND BABY YOGA: Brand-new mamas

and their littles relax, stretch and bond. Followed by a free mothers’ gathering at 11:30 a.m. Embodied, Montpelier, TUESDAYS, 10:30-11:30 A.M., $11. Info, 223-5302.

PRENATAL YOGA: Moms-to-be stretch and bend. Embodied, Montpelier, TUESDAYS, 6-7:15 P.M., $16 per drop-in class. Info,



swap stories and support each other, with a professional available for consultation. Good Beginnings, Montpelier, THIRD THURSDAY OF EVERY MONTH, 9:30-11:30 A.M. Info, 595-7953. FREE


Women prepare for birth through yoga, with a focus on strengthening the body and mind. See for class descriptions. Prenatal Method Studio, Burlington, MONDAYS, 12:15-1:15 P.M.; TUESDAYS, 4:30-5:30 P.M.; WEDNESDAYS,



nurse their babies, chat and ask for answers from a certified lactation consultant. Pregnant women, supportive dads and older siblings welcome. Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury, THIRD TUESDAY OF EVERY MONTH, 11:30 A.M.-1 P.M. Info, 349-3825.

CHITTENDEN Film Screening: ‘The Raising of America’: Excerpts from this documentary devoted to the impact of investing in early childhood education show on the big screen, followed by a discussion hosted by a panel of experts and policy makers. For teens and adults. Black Box Theatre, Burlington, 6:30 p.m. Info, 881-6244. FREE

gathering brings moms of new babies and toddlers together to foster friendship through unique-but-shared experiences. Yoga Barre, SECOND FRIDAY OF EVERY MONTH, 9:30-11:30 A.M. Info, 595-7953. FREE




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BOSOM BUDDIES TOO: Nursing mamas of

toddlers and mobile wee ones socialize and swap supportive stories and advice with peers and professionals. Babies welcome. Central Vermont Medical Center, Berlin, FIRST TUESDAY OF EVERY MONTH, 5:30-7 P.M. Info, 371-4415. FREE


experienced moms join nursing experts for advice and support. Enter through the children’s section of the library. Siblings welcome. St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, SECOND TUESDAY OF EVERY MONTH, 10:30 A.M.-NOON. Info, 720-272-8841. FREE BURLINGTON LA LECHE LEAGUE: New moms bring their babies and questions to a breastfeeding support group. Older children welcome. Lending library available. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, SECOND TUESDAY OF EVERY MONTH, 10:15 A.M. Info, 985-8228. FREE


moms (and supportive dads, too!) gather for snacks and advice. Church of the Nazarene, Johnson, THIRD WEDNESDAY OF EVERY MONTH, 11 A.M.-1 P.M. Info, 888-3470. FREE MOMMY GROUP: Breastfeeding peer

counselor Angela Scavo hosts mamas and answers questions in a relaxed setting. Middlebury Recreation Center, FOURTH WEDNESDAY OF EVERY MONTH, 9:30-10:30 A.M. Info, 349-9084. FREE


Expectant mamas and their partners learn the basics of breastfeeding, how to get off to the best start with their baby and where to find assistance when needed. Central Vermont Medical Center, Berlin, FIRST THURSDAY OF EVERY MONTH, 8-9:30 A.M., AND FOURTH TUESDAY OF EVERY MONTH, 4:30-6 P.M., preregister. Info,

371-4415. FREE

ESSEX LA LECHE LEAGUE: Moms bring their bitty ones to a discussion of parenting and breastfeeding. Siblings welcome. Essex Free Library, Essex Junction, FIRST THURSDAY OF EVERY MONTH, 6:30-8 P.M., Info, 879-0313. FREE HYDE PARK BABY CHAT: Parents with babies

mingle, learn more about developmental needs and expectations, and have the opportunity to ask questions of a maternal health specialist. Lanpher Memorial Library, Hyde Park, FIRST THURSDAY OF EVERY MONTH, 10-11:30 A.M. Info, 888-5229.

setting, mothers discuss the joys and challenges of breastfeeding of children approaching one year old and beyond. Good Beginnings, Montpelier, THIRD FRIDAY OF EVERY MONTH, 9:30-11:30 A.M.

Info, 595-7953. FREE


babies socialize, learn more about developmental needs and expectations, and have the opportunity to ask questions of a maternal health specialist. Lamoille Family Center, Morrisville, SECOND


Info, 888-5229.

PLAN AND DELIVER: CHILDBIRTH ESSENTIALS: This interactive mother of all

childbirth classes focuses on holistic care for late pregnancy, labor and immediate postpartum. Material covered includes making empowered decisions, what happens immediately after birth, practicing tools and techniques for labor, and both home and hospital birth plans. Good Beginnings, Montpelier, SUNDAY, APRIL 15, 6-8 P.M., preregister. Info, 595-7953. FREE PREGNANCY, BIRTH AND POSTPARTUM SUPPORT FOR MOMS: Mamas-to-be learn

self-care, stress-reducing movement and breathing exercises, how to cope with pain and increase strength, stability and wellbeing during all the stages of pregnancy, birth and new motherhood. Good Beginnings, Montpelier, SUNDAY, APRIL 29, 6-8 P.M., preregister. Info, 595-7953. FREE

STEAM Tuesdays: See April 10. Winooski Lego Club: See April 3. WASHINGTON Maker Program: See April 3. WINDSOR Norwich Lego Tuesdays: See April 3.

18 Wednesday CHITTENDEN Chess Club: Smart players check out this strategy game and improve their skills with rooks, pawns and knights. All ages and experience levels. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 5:30-7 p.m. Info, 878-4918. FREE Circle Time: Storyteller and musician, Katie Coons, gets little ones moving through song, play, rhyming games, craft and snack. Ages 5 and under. Jericho Town Library, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Info, 899-4686. FREE Family Game Day: See April 4. LGBT+ Drop-In Group: LGBT+ teens and allies socialize with peers and propose projects to increase awareness. Grades 8 and up. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 4:30-5:30 p.m. Info, 878-6956. FREE Read to Daisy the Therapy Dog: See April 4. Reading Buddies: See April 4. STEM Maker Lab: Hands-on experimenting entertains entrepreneurial engineers. Grades 5-8. Milton Public Library, 3:30-4:30 p.m., preregister. Info, 893-4644. FREE Yoga for Kids: See April 4. FRANKLIN Fit Moms: See April 4. STEM Club: Sciencey types challenge their imaginations with themed activities. Ages 6 and up. Fairfax Community Library, 3-4 p.m., preregister. Info, 849-2420. FREE LAMOILLE Tots on the Turf: See April 4. RUTLAND Killington Lego Club: See April 4. Rutland Winter Farmers Market: See April 4. ORANGE Randolph Lego Wednesdays: See April 4.

SUBMIT YOUR MAY EVENTS FOR PRINT BY APRIL 15 AT KIDSVT.COM OR CALENDAR@KIDSVT.COM WASHINGTON Family Music and Movement Class: Dads and moms encourage love of music in their wee ones. Newborns through age 5. Jaquith Public Library, Marshfield, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Info, 223-1242. FREE Kids’ Movies: Cinema-lovers of all ages take in a short flick before community dinner is served. A full-length, off-the-beaten-track film screens at 7 p.m. Jaquith Public Library, Marshfield, 5:30 p.m. Info, 426-3581. FREE WINDSOR Story and Yoga Time with Angel: See April 4.

20 Friday CALEDONIA Hardwick Movie Night: Film lovers enjoy a PG-rated screening while savoring free cider and popcorn. Jeudevine Memorial Library, Hardwick, 7 p.m. Info, 472-5948. FREE CHITTENDEN Essex Story Time: Library lovers listen to picture books and have a ball with puppets, songs and rhymes. All ages. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 10-10:30 a.m. Info, 878-6956. FREE

Family Gym: See April 6. Family Movie: Viewers enjoy a familyfriendly flick while feasting on free popcorn. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Info, 878-6956. FREE

19 Thursday CHITTENDEN Babytime: See April 5. Burlington Mother Up! Monthly Meet-Up: Families discuss the realities of climate change, what that means on a local level, and how to transition to a safer and healthier world. Vegetarian meal and childcare for ages 3 and under provided. Unitarian Universalist Society, Burlington, 5:30-7:30 p.m., RSVP requested. Info, 490-6393. FREE Colchester Lego Club: See April 5. High School Observation Morning: Students and parents interested in finding out more about the Waldorf philosophy tour classes, meet faculty and ask questions. Lake Champlain Waldorf High School, Shelburne, 8:30-10 a.m., RSVP. Info, 985-2827, ext. 212. Milton PJ Story Time: Small tots in jammies snuggle in for stories, songs and crafts. Ages 3-6. Milton Public Library, 6-6:45 p.m. Info, 893-4644. FREE Read to a Dog: See April 5. Read to Archie the Therapy Dog: See April 5. Williston Preschool Music: See April 5. FRANKLIN Family STEAM Night: Moms, dads and kids team up for activities around science, technology, engineering, art and/or math, with varying monthly themes. Fairfax Community Library, 6:30-7:30 p.m., preregister. Info, 849-2420. FREE Franklin Lego Thursdays: See April 5.

Lego Fun: Budding builders bring out the blocks. Children under age 8 must be accompanied by a responsible caregiver. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 3-4:30 p.m. Info, 878-6956. FREE Lil’ Vermonters Consignment Sale: Shoppers delight in gently used baby, child and maternity items, from newborn to youth 14, including toys, furniture, books, baby carriers and much more. See lilvermonters. com for consignor info. Champlain Valley Expo, Essex Junction, 5-9 p.m., $5 admission for non-consignors on Friday with advance ticket purchase; free on Saturday. Info, 860-810-9872. LAMOILLE Tots on the Turf: See April 4. ORLEANS Craftsbury Lego Club: See April 6. WASHINGTON Montpelier Mother Up! Monthly Meet-Up: Families discuss the realities of climate change, what that means on a local, state and national level, and how to create a more just and nature-friendly world. Dinner and nature-themed kids’ programming included. North Branch Nature Center, Montpelier, 5:30-7:30 p.m., RSVP requested. Info, 229-0041. FREE

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LAMOILLE Art Play: See April 5.

CHITTENDEN Burlington Winter Farmers Market: See April 7. EvoKids Saturday Drop-In Yoga: See April 7. Family Art Saturday: Families drop in and ignite their imaginations with a current exhibit, then get hands-on with an artistic endeavor. Burlington City Arts, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Info, 865-7166. FREE

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Healthy Kids Day: In this national YMCA initiative, combined with local community partners, youngsters explore the importance of nutrition and exercise with activities, games and healthy snacks. Greater Burlington YMCA, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Info, 862-9622. FREE

Stories with Megan: See April 9. Williston Preschool Music: See April 5, 11 a.m. LAMOILLE Tots on the Turf: See April 4.

Lil’ Vermonters Consignment Sale: See April 20, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

RUTLAND Babies & Toddlers Rock: See April 9.

Quantum Leap: Teens get professional assistance envisioning and supporting their life goals. Ages 15-18. Keller Williams Vermont, Burlington, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., suggested donation $15, preregister. Info, 654-8500.

WASHINGTON Capoeira: See April 9.

Read to Cleo The Therapy Dog: See April 7. Saturday Storytime: Avid listeners soak up Oliver Jeffers’ story Here We Are, then have fun with a healthy snack activity sponsored by City Market. Phoenix Books, Burlington, 11 a.m.-noon. Info, 861-9753. FREE VINS Raptor Encounter: Fledgling naturalists view live falcons, hawks and owls up close, learning facts about food webs, predator-prey relationships and particular adaptations for winged raptors. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 11 a.m. Info, 878-4918. FREE Webby’s Art Studio: Painting with Wool: Eager artists of all ages learn about different felting techniques, then fashion a floral composition inspired by the museum’s temporary exhibit, “In the Garden.” Shelburne Museum, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., regular winter museum admission, $5-10; free for children under 5. Info, 985-3346. Weekend Fun at Vermont Teddy Bear Company: See April 7. FRANKLIN Earth Day Crafts: Using leftover, found and donated materials, junior green thumbs make a mini-terrarium. All ages. St. Albans Free Library, 11 a.m., preregister; supplies limited. Info, 524-1507. FREE RUTLAND Rutland Winter Farmers Market: See April 4, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

22 Sunday Happy Earth Day! CHITTENDEN Essex Open Gym: See April 8. Family Gym: See April 6. WINDSOR Norwich Winter Farmers Market: See April 14, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

23 Monday CHITTENDEN Colchester Preschool Music: See April 9.

Kids Yoga: See April 9.

24 Tuesday CHITTENDEN Burlington Circle of Parents for Adoptive & Guardianship Families: Moms and dads come together to socialize about their parenting experiences and strengthen skills. Childcare and dinner included without fee. Howard Center, Burlington, 5-6:30 p.m., preregister. Info, 864-7467. FREE Crafternoon: Kite Making: Small ones construct creations to fly on spring breezes. Ages 5-10. Carpenter-Carse Library, Hinesburg, 2-3 p.m. Info, 482-2878. FREE Fairy Stories and Fairy Houses: Spritely kids hear whimsical tales, followed by a drop-in fairy house craft session from noon-2 p.m. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 11 a.m. Info, 878-4918. FREE Spanish Musical Kids: See April 3. Spring Bike Ride: Kids and parents break out their ’cycles for a springtime jaunt on wheels. Story and snacks included. Bring your helmet and sunscreen for safety. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 2:30-3:30 p.m. Info, 878-6956. FREE Winooski Lego Club: See April 3. FRANKLIN Paint! Paint! Paint!: Petite Picassos partake in artistic activities. Ages 8 and under. Fairfax Community Library, 10-11 a.m., preregister. Info, 849-2420. FREE St. Albans Kids Craft: Kiddos drop in and create a colorful fidget spinner. Ages 6 and up. St. Albans Free Library, 1 p.m. Info, 524-1507. FREE WASHINGTON Family Lego Free Build: The whole family has fun with the library’s abundance of plastic blocks. Ages 5 and up. Adult supervision required for children under 8. Waterbury Public Library, 1:30-3:30 p.m. Info, 244-7036. FREE WINDSOR Norwich Lego Tuesdays: See April 3.


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Family Mini-Craft Workshop: See April 7.

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WASHINGTON AB2: Books Come to Life: This Active Body-Active Brain class, led by a literacy professional, combines reading and movement. Babies through preschoolers. Waterbury Public Library, 10:15 a.m. Info, 244-7036. FREE

CALEDONIA Caledonia Winter Farmers Market: See April 7.

See Dr. First videos “First With Kids” at

Poetry Lab: Tweens and teens dig into text, type and wordplay. Try out a typewriter, create a poetry remix collage or make a randomly generated poem. Ages 10-18. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, noon-1:30 p.m. Info, 540-2546. FREE


Read to a Dog: See April 4.

Family Wheel Drop-In: See April 6.

Milton Legos at the Library: Builders fashion architecturally sound constructions in this STEM program. Ages 6-12. Milton Public Library, 10 a.m. Info, 893-4644. FREE




27 Friday

CHITTENDEN Family Game Day: See April 4. Teen Advisory Council: Adolescents offer advice about the library’s Teen Space, hang out with awesome company and brainstorm cool projects. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 3:30-4:30 p.m., preregister. Info, 540-2546. FREE Vermont Institute of Natural Sciences Presentation: Skilled staff provide curious naturalists with an up-close encounter with live birds, explaining characteristics and adaptations of winged predators. All ages. Milton Public Library, 10-11 a.m., preregister. Info, 893-4644. FREE Young Writers & Storytellers: See April 11. FRANKLIN Fit Moms: See April 4. LAMOILLE Tots on the Turf: See April 4. RUTLAND Killington Lego Club: See April 4. Rutland Winter Farmers Market: See April 4. ORANGE Randolph Lego Wednesdays: See April 4. WINDSOR Sensory Lab for Tots: See April 4. Story and Yoga Time with Angel: See April 4.

26 Thursday CHITTENDEN Babytime: See April 5. CBD and Parenting: Safe While Pregnant and Breastfeeding?: Birth Love Family’s Shaina Levee presents current research regarding CBD use during pregnancy and breastfeeding, and a history of the cannabis plant’s use in women’s health. Discussion follows. For adults. Railyard Apothecary, Burlington, 6-7:30 p.m., suggested donation $5-20. Info, 540-0595.


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Colchester Lego Club: See April 5.


Drive-In Movie Night: Fledgling auto owners decorate box cars, “drive” into the library’s theater and delight in a flick. Ages 4 and up. Milton Public Library, 6-7:45 p.m., preregister. Info, 893-4644. FREE Ukulele Kids: See April 12. FRANKLIN Camp Out in the Library: Kids cozy up in their sleeping bags, tell campfire stories, savor s’mores and craft shadow puppets. Ages 3-9. Fairfax Community Library, 6-7:30 p.m., preregister. Info, 849-2420. FREE Franklin Lego Thursdays: See April 5. Library Legos Contest: Students on school break enjoy an extra-long Lego session, with a ‘create a fish’-themed contest. St. Albans Free Library, 1-5 p.m. Info, 524-1507. FREE LAMOILLE Art Play: See April 5.

Ongoing Exhibits CHANDLER MUSIC HALL, RANDOLPH Info, 728-9878 LINKED IN: Student Art Exhibit: Local students, pre-K through grade 12 ‚ display artistic work demonstrating skills which illustrate their ideas with power, purpose and intent. Call to confirm weekday hours. Through April 21. FREE ECHO LEAHY CENTER FOR LAKE CHAMPLAIN, BURLINGTON Info, 864-1848 MY SKY: Astronomy lovers explore the sun, moon and stars in this immersive exhibit which encourages scientific skills such as observing, noticing patterns, predicting, imagining and more. Regular museum admission, $11.50-14.50; free for children under 3. Through May 6. MONTSHIRE MUSEUM OF SCIENCE, NORWICH Info, 649-2200 THE LIGHT AROUND US: Inquisitive visitors learn about light through experimenting with lenses and mirrors, changing the color of everyday objects, separating white light into colors, discovering what lies beyond the visible spectrum, and more. Regular museum admission, $12-15; free for children under 2. Through May 2. SHELBURNE MUSEUM, SHELBURNE Info, 985-3346, ext. 3395 PUPPETS: WORLD ON A STRING: Storytelling

and the visual arts collide in this immersive, multimedia exhibit, from 19th-century marionettes to contemporary digital installations. Animals speak, shadows come alive and politicians face critics, by artists including Jim Henson, Peter Schumann and Andy Warhol. Regular museum admission, $5-10; free for members and children under 5. Through June 3.

CHITTENDEN 802 Reptiles: Little ones handle lizards and snakes in a safe and educational setting. Ages 3 and up. Winooski Memorial Library, 1 p.m. Info, 655-5424. FREE Family Gym: See April 6. Family Wheel Drop-In: See April 6. Kids Music With Linda ‘Tickle Belly’ Bassick: See April 6. Live-Action Role Play: See April 13. Music with Raph: See April 13. Music With Robert Party: The community celebrates years of the Fletcher Free Library’s family sing-alongs with this local legend. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 11-11:30 a.m. Info, 865-7216. FREE Preschool Yoga with Danielle: Simple movement, stories and songs satisfy children ages 5 and under and their caregivers. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 10:30 a.m. Info, 878-4918. FREE Wii Fun: Gamers check out Wii Sports Resort, Mario Kart and more. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 1-2 p.m. Info, 878-6956. FREE Yoga Storytime: Little yogis blend body movement with books. Ages 2-5. Richmond Free Library, 11 a.m. Info, 434-3036. FREE FRANKLIN ‘Yo Joe! What a Guy’: This variety performer gets the audience rolling with laughter. All ages. St. Albans Free Library, 1:30 p.m. Info, 524-1507. FREE LAMOILLE Tots on the Turf: See April 4. ORLEANS Craftsbury Lego Club: See April 6.

28 Saturday CHITTENDEN EvoKids Saturday Drop-In Yoga: See April 7. Girl Expo: Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains hosts a day just for girls with science demos, dance performances, interactive activities featuring robotics, coding and circuits, and much more. Geared toward girls ages 5-18. Champlain Valley Expo, Essex Junction, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., $3-5. Info, 888-474-9686. Independent Bookstore Day: Giveaways and general merriment happen all day in celebration of indie bookshops nationwide. Also at Phoenix Books’ Essex, Rutland and Chester locations, and at other independent bookstores. Phoenix Books, Burlington. Info, 448-3350. FREE

See Dr. First videos “First With Kids” at Spanish Musical Playgroup: Rhymes, books and songs en español entertain niños. Ages 5 and under. Non-Spanish speakers welcome. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 10:30 a.m. Info, 878-4918. FREE Webby’s Art Studio: Make it Rain: Clever crafters of all ages experiment with the museum’s materials to create a musical rainstick. Shelburne Museum, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., regular winter museum admission, $5-10; free for children under 5. Info, 985-3346. Weekend Fun at Vermont Teddy Bear Company: See April 7. RUTLAND Pittsford Trail Run: Athletes young and old lace up for a 9 a.m. one-mile or 9:30 a.m. 5K untimed trek on town trails to benefit the Pittsford Recreation Department. Pittsford Rec Area, $7-15. Info, 483-6500. Rutland Winter Farmers Market: See April 4, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. WASHINGTON Capital City Winter Farmers Market: See April 14. MULTIPLE VT LOCATIONS CBD and Motherhood: In this online forum, Ashley Reynolds, owner of the CBD company Elmore Mountain Therapeutics, presents evidence-based research on CBD and mothering, with personal testimony. For adults. Various locations statewide, 8 p.m., $20; free for Birth Love Family members. Info, 373-8060.

29 Sunday CHITTENDEN Essex Open Gym: See April 8. Family Gym: See April 6. ORLEANS Family, Meal + Movie: This fun family afternoon features a short film and snacks. WonderArts Vermont, Greensboro, 5-6 p.m., suggested donation $5; free popcorn and a light meal provided; RSVP. Info, 533-9370.

30 Monday CHITTENDEN Go Club: See April 9. Williston Preschool Music: See April 5, 11 a.m. LAMOILLE Tots on the Turf: See April 4. RUTLAND Babies & Toddlers Rock: See April 9. WASHINGTON Capoeira: See April 9. Kids Yoga: See April 9. 

JUST FOR KIDS Bills, Bills, Bills Don’t beak, umm, peek at the answer on page 55!

Birds have bills that help them eat their favorite meals and build their homes. The same could be said of dollar bills! The Puzzle Key below tells you how many dollars each bird’s bill is worth.

Writing Contest & Winners.......52 Coloring Contest Winners..........52 Coloring Contest...............................53 Puzzle Page...........................................54 Birthday Club.......................................54 First, count how many of each bird you see below the key. Then multiply that number by the amount listed for that bird. Finally, add them all together for a really big number!





Writing Contest


April showers bring May flowers! What’s your favorite thing to do on a rainy day? Write about an activity — either real or imagined — that’s tons of fun when it’s pouring outside.

The imagination on display in this month’s coloring submissions wowed our judges. Nine-year-old Sophia drew rainbows all over her toucan’s torso and dappled decorative dots down the feathered creature’s legs. Chloe, 8, turned her bird into a green leprechaun, complete with a gleaming pot of gold. Balloons jazzed up 5-year-old Quinn’s patchwork creature. Amazing artistry, young entrants! Keep sending us your brilliant best.

The winners of annual family memberships to the Fairbanks Museum & Planetarium are…


Joan Toolan, 7, East Barre “LUNCHTIME FOR BABIES”

Ellis Holm, 5, Vergennes

“Lady Baby Bird” Annika Bulakowski, 4

5& under



Mali Ward, 11, New Haven “HAPPY CIRCUS”

Leo Johnson, 10, Barre “TROPICAL TOUCAN”

Evelyn Trojbom, 12, Barre “RAINBOW BIRDY”

Nathan Heath, 3, Underhill “BIRD DANCE PARTY”

Finn Nunery, 4, Hyde Park We’ll pick two winners and publish their names and submissions in the next issue. Winners receive a $25 gift certificate to Crow Bookshop. Deadline to enter is April 15. Send your entries to: Kids VT, attn: Writing Contest, P.O. Box 1184, Burlington, VT 05402.

Name ________________________________ Age __________________________________


Eli McCreight, 6, Stowe “RAINBOW SPARKLES”

Town ________________________________

Cameron Fortier, 5, Barre

Email ________________________________


Phone ________________________________

Jake Lucas, 8, Williston


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WRITING WINNERS In our March Issue, we asked kids to tell us about the luckiest thing that ever happened to them. Below, find the winning entries. Lyla and Haley each receive a $25 gift certificate to Crow Bookshop in Burlington.

Haley Heath, 10 UNDERHILL

hapThe luckiest thing that ga pened to me was gettin and ys pla o wh r, the little bro hugs, d an ses runs and gives kis with rt hea my ll fi ghs whose lau my ll fi es joy and whose cri name is heart with tears, whose that I us cio pre Nathan and is so . him e los will never

Lyla Payson, 7 HARTLAND

We were about to go through security at the airport when we noticed my new stuffy, Jasmine, was missing. We retraced our step s and didn’t find her. We decided to check the Lost and Found, and she was there. I was so lucky and happy to find her. *Note from Lyla’s mom, Elyse: The stuffy she lost and found in that airport has done some awesome trips — Grand Canyon, Florida beaches, Maine beaches, Washington, D.C., for the Women’s March and recently to Montpelier for the March for Youth. She has been an awesome travel buddy!

“Parrot in the Forest” Mae Mae Lane-Karnas, 8


6 to 8

Jonathan Kafumbe, 9, East Middlebury “BRIGHT BIRD”

Tess McGuire, 6, Vergennes


Orly Nathan, 8, Shelburne “IN LIKE A LAMB, OUT LIKE A TOUCAN”

Chester Goodwin, 10, Middlesex “PARROT IN PARADISE”

Iris Palisson, 5, Montpelier

“The Claw” Sophia Johnson, 10 VERGENNES

9 to 12

Coloring Contest! Three winners will each receive an annual family membership to the Fairbanks Museum & Planetarium. Send Kids VT your work of art by April 15. Be sure to include the info at right with your submission. Winners will be chosen in the following categories: (1) ages 5 and younger, (2) ages 6-8 and (3) ages 9-12. Winners will be named in the May issue of Kids VT. Send your high-resolution scans to or mail a copy to Kids VT, P.O. Box 1184, Burlington, VT 05402.

Title _______________________________________ Sponsored by

Artist _____________________________________ Age ______________ Town _________________ Email _____________________________________ Phone _____________________________________



Birthday Club




The letters of these crazy words are all mixed up. To play the game, put them back into the right order so that they make real words you can find in your dictionary. Write the letters of each real word under each crazy word, but only one letter to a square.

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You are now ready to solve this month’s Jumble For Kids. Study the picture for a hint. Then play around with the letters in the circles. You’ll find you can put them in order so that they make your funny answer.

CARTER lives in Vergennes and turns 10 on April 16. He’s a black belt in Tae kwon do and loves to make origami. He has been playing guitar since he was 4 years old and is in a band called Expensive Reality with his two brothers.

Print your answer here:



in Colchester and turns 6 on April 25. The outgoing kindergartener loves school and has many friends. She belongs to a Girl Scouts’ Daisy troop and enjoys playing sports.


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Riddle Search — AT A JEWELRY STORE


HATTIE lives

Look up, down and diagonally, both forward and backward, to find every word on the list. Circle each one as you find it. When all the words are circled, take the UNUSED letters and write them on the blanks below. Go from left to right and top to bottom to find the answer to this riddle: What kind of jewelry does the Easter Bunny wear?

EVAN lives



Riddle Answer:


in Hinesburg and turns 12 on April 25. The sixth grader has an energetic and fun personality. He enjoys baseball, skiing and doing magic.

Congratulations to these April Birthday Club winners!

Join the Club!

To enter, submit information using the online form at Just give us your contact info, your children’s names and birth dates, and a photo, and they’re automatically enrolled.

Carter, Hattie and Evan each win four ECHO day passes.


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The revolutionary imagining I see in today’s young people gives me hope. At Frederick H. Tuttle Middle School in South Burlington, where I teach sixth-grade social studies, I cofacilitate a Peer Leadership program. We recently met with a group of student leaders who had, without the intervention of adults, formulated a vision statement, action plan, leadership structure and motivational writings to address gun violence as part of an organized walkout, an initiative they called “Operation Overcome.” They spread word of their movement in the way many such movements are being shared — through social media, with the help of Google documents and folders. As we sat together in a circle, Sabrina, a sixth grader, raised her hand to speak to Maddie, an eighth grader. Days earlier, Maddie had posted a powerful poem she had written in response to the school shooting in Parkland on Instagram. “Maddie,” Sabrina said, “it was because of your poem that I realized life doesn’t have to be this way.”



Early adolescence is uniquely messy and challenging, but it is also powerful and visionary.

In my 10 years of working with youth, as a Peace Corps volunteer at a village school in Nedryhailiv, Ukraine, as an educator at Shelburne Farms, and now as a public school teacher, I have had the incredible joy of witnessing young people advocate for change. In Nedryhailiv, my students conducted a needs assessment in their community and determined that our youngest learners and their families could benefit from a summer program. A group of 15 Ukrainian teens put on a week-long day camp for elementary school students. For five summers, my world was rocked as teenage campers at Shelburne Farms created an incredible community together — cooking, swimming, hiking, biking, and sharing vulnerable truths about themselves and the world they were inheriting over a campfire. Last year, when hate speech was sprayed across the turf at FHTMS, our sixth graders chose to cover that same area with posters carrying messages of love and forgiveness. Over and over again, my students have demonstrated that early adolescence is uniquely messy and challenging, but it is also powerful and visionary, largely because young people have not lost the capacity to dream. That skill, which allowed them to slay dragons or fly to the moon when they were smaller, now enables them to envision a world in which systems of power and oppression are called into question. Their creativity, coupled with a fierce drive toward equity, has played out on buses, in the streets of Ferguson, and now at podiums and in marches. Author and hip-hop educator Christopher Emdin recently stated, “You don’t teach activism, you create the conditions to allow young people to imagine a more just world.” This is the work that young people are absolutely primed to do. When adults position themselves as collaborators, rather than “leaders,” the potential for change is as limitless as young people’s imaginations. K


Rosa Parks. Those of the Little Rock Nine, who ranged in age from 14 to 17 as they fought to desegregate our nation’s schools. Those of 10-year-old Mari Copeny, who was only 8 when she began advocating for healthy drinking water in Flint. And those of the young people in the One Mind Youth Movement, whose members stood their ground at the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in 2016 because they believed our nation’s water was in danger. Each of these amazing activists not only stood for change, but had the imaginative power to see that it was possible.


t was a stairwell moment, walking up the steps to my office on February 27, 2012, that completely altered my course. The world had just lost Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black teenager from Florida, at the hands of George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch coordinator with a gun. I, like so many others, was struggling to understand this senseless act of violence. As I walked up to my desk at Shelburne Farms, where I worked as the school programs coordinator, I struck up a conversation with my colleague, Sarah. My initial reaction to the shooting was that Trayvon could have been one of our students. “No,” Sarah responded, reflecting on our predominantly white classrooms full of students unaware of their privilege. “It’s far more likely that we’re teaching a future George Zimmerman.” Our conversation that day set in motion the journey I continue on today. Sarah helped me recognize that I cannot simply try to protect or “save” potential victims; instead, I must work toward preventing the creation of future perpetrators. This call is not a simple one. It requires shifting systems of power and oppression, and inviting marginalized students, whose voices aren’t often heard, to take the lead. These young people are capable of revolutionary dreaming, the kind we see in the Black Lives Matter movement, as well as among the courageous survivors of the high school shooting in Parkland, Florida. They see that change is not only possible, but necessary. Perhaps it’s because I saw my role as one of savior, rather than collaborator, that I have been surprised, at times, by the courage, eloquence and organizing capacities of our young people. I’ve since learned to acknowledge the incredible shoulders on which they stand — shoulders that belong to Claudette Colvin, who was 15 when she refused to give up her seat on a bus in 1955, nine months prior to

Putting the wrong shoe on your left food was —NOT RIGHT.


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RIDDLE SEARCH ANSWER: Fourteen carrot gold.

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Let Youth Lead


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Kids VT— April 2018  

The Money Issue: Biz Teacher's Money Tips; Free Family Outings; Summer Camp Guide

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