News of the Day


by Craig Altschul

The two-decade-old Bristol After School Kids Program, known as BASK, got a makeover this fall. New hands-on enrichment workshops like acoustic guitar lessons and tech club get the kids excited and involved, says theAddison County Independent. These new offerings are the result of a five-year, 21st Century Learning grant Bristol Elementary School received this year. Kate LaRiviere who heads up the program, divided the school year into trimesters, focusing on Mind, Body, and Soul. The Mind was represented by fall and involved getting back into the swing of the school year. The Body was the winter, encouraging kids to get up and move around. Spring will be the Soul. “I think a difference that has been made with this grant is that it has really made it accessible to every kid in this building,” LaRiviere says. Scholarships are available, as is free bus transportation. The future includes working with Middlebury College and Therapy Dogs of Vermont.

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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.

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