News of the Day


by Craig Altschul

Everyone knows the world is a big place. But the kids at Bishop Marshall School, Cambridge Elementary, and Green Mountain Technology and Career Center were made even more aware of the size with the help of National Geographic Society’s “Giant Traveling Map.” The 26-foot x 35-foot map was brought into the schools where stocking-feet-only kids were allowed to walk on the North American continent, while playing a variety of games designed to improve their grasp of geography, said Lamoille’s News and Citizen. Dan Beaupre, director of Education Partnerships for National Geographic and a Vermont resident, was the co-creator of the maps. His goal was to show how small the world has become demonstrated by taking a quick trip on foot on the large map. Maybe Disney was right – it is a small, small world.

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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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