DORSET >> On Friday, May 13, Long Trail School sent all of its students, faculty and staff to serve the communities in this area. More than 200 people gave their time to make a difference in over 20 locations from Rutland to Sunderland.
Students were provided with a list of opportunities for the day. In groups, they did a variety of chores to help others. Some did interior cleaning or organizing for institutions such as Manchester Community Library and Rutland Food Shelf, United Church of Dorset and East Rupert, Second Chance Animal Shelter, and the Middletown Springs Library. Other groups managed particular projects such as a day's lunch at Open Door Mission and helped to install a new exhibit at the Dorset Historical Society. Some students signed on to work outdoors as they did farm chores at Merck Forest and Farmland and Dorset Equine Rescue, planted rows to grow for Manchester Food Cupboard, cleaned graves at Factory Point Cemetery, and cleared trails and repaired park space in Dorset, Pawlet and Rutland. One group entertained those less mobile by performing at Equinox Terrace. Students were able to find their niche and select a task which mattered to them.
At Long Trail School, stewardship is more than a programmatic aspect of the educational offerings. Stewardship is one of the school's five Core Values. A true sense of serving one's community, through acts big or small, invisible or evident, is woven into the Long Trail experience. Long Trail kids are working every day to improve their world and yours. If you know of a project that could use a bit of help, contact Kim Murphy at email@example.com.