News of the Day


by Craig Altschul

Students at the Stowe Elementary School were chosen as finalists at the Lego Education Landmark competition in Hartford, Ct., recently, says the Stowe Reporter. Their entry of the well-known Stowe Trapp Family Lodge went one step further by taking the top honor, beating out other teams from throughout New England. The project incorporates a number of skills: math, science, history, problem-solving, and creative expression. Tamara North, the school’s enrichment teacher, led the LEGO’s project with nine students from grades four and five. “I thought I’d be holding their hands,” says North, “but they wanted me to stand back.” It took about three weeks to complete the project which included intricate details such as furniture, food, guests, and even a fireplace that lights up. Colchester Elementary and Grace Christian Church in Bennington placed second and third respectively with creations of their towns’ landmarks. Lego provided the basic blocks and the students could add others as needed. The kids brought home not only the glory, but a LEGO Education gift certificate of $250 and a LEGO landmark certificate.

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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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