News of the Day


by Craig Altschul

Evan Coon, a third grader from Bennington, couldn’t understand why some kids did not receive toys for Christmas, like he did, says the Bennington Banner. So he set out to do something about it after his mom explained some kids weren’t as fortunate as others. Evan raised $17 the first year for toys for the homeless, mostly from students and teachers from Molly Stark Elementary School which he attends. He raised $25 last year. This year, he raised a whopping $561, again with the help of students, teachers, and parents. Evan does the fundraising himself by making and hanging posters at the school and then dropping off collection cans. He delivers the money directly to the Bennington Coalition for the Homeless that goes to buy stocking stuffers and gifts for the children. The coalition’s three facilities house 12 children most of the time, many staying with their families for periods of time. “…He wanted to make sure kids that are less fortunate are getting Christmas presents,” says Evan’s mom, Marisa McCauliffe. Santa would be proud.

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About Craig Altschul

Craig Altschul is Editorial Director of He is a veteran snow journalist, having covered the sport for more than 40 years. His syndicated snow sports humor column, Ski Tips, ran in newspapers across the country for 20 years. He was Global Editor-in-Chief for OnTheSnow for 12 years and has written for a variety of magazines and newspapers. Altschul is past president of both the Eastern Ski Writers Association and the North American Snow Journalists Association.