Governor helps LTS celebrate fieldhouse

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DORSET — Long Trail School held a celebration of its new campus addition Friday, Sept. 13, with the student body and guests turning out to fete its new fieldhouse and the vision behind it.

The fieldhouse was constructed thanks to the generous donations of anonymous donors who did not want to be recognized, which head of school Seth Linfield honored.

"The destiny which the fieldhouse heralds does not arise in a vacuum," Linfield said. "We thank the generous anonymous donors who fully funded this project and retired our school's historical debt. You know who you are — we say thank you again and again. Our thanks can be seen daily in the joy on our students' faces and in their remarkable achievements."

This year will herald the first time a Long Trail School basketball team will be able to truly play a home game, which Linfield acknowledged with humor about the longest road trip in school history.

But having a home court to play its games on matters, and LTS senior Kathryn Dugan knows what it will mean to have truly have a home court, but it means more than just wearing the home whites.

"This fieldhouse in which we are currently standing adds another facility to foster student growth," Dugan said. "This is not simply a building, but an opportunity. For the soccer teams to build together even in the most inclement weather. For students of all ages to learn about personal fitness and the best ways to live a healthy life. For the rock climbing team to practice and compete without the lengthy drive to Rutland. For the basketball teams to at last be able to play in their true home gym, bringing the community together like never before."

The celebration attracted distinguished guests, including Gov. Phil Scott who addressed the crowd, as well as Sens. Dick Sears, Brian Campion and Alice Nitka; Reps. Patricia McCoy, Cynthia Browning, Linda Joy Sullivan, Dave Potter and Robin Chesnut-Tangerman.

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Dorset Town Manager Rob Gaiotti was there as was Dorset Select Board member Liz Ruffa.

Many school officials, parents and community members attended, including co-founders Dave and Rene Wilson and former head of school, Steven Dear.

Some came see the culmination of the hard work and effort that has gone into the building and others to be part of the future.

That's where Lindfield's remarks pointed.

"This building is called simply the fieldhouse in deference to the humble anonymity of our

magnificently generous donors," Linfield said. "But this space could authentically be called The Center of Learning, Innovation and Leadership. Our athletics program comprises interscholastic teams, physical education classes, intramurals, and fitness, health and wellness offerings. In each of these, creativity flows and teamwork flourishes, and our students learn how to make smart decisions. Every stride on this sparkling floor is a step closer that a student takes to managing our society's pending challenges and seizing tomorrow's opportunities.

Linfield told Scott he would be granted the first season tickets, and the first home game is already on the schedule.

Contact Darren Marcy at dmarcy@manchesterjournal.com or by cell at 802-681-6534.


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