News of the Day


by Craig Altschul

Bennington middle school kids are getting a chance to learn new skills, thanks to 22 different five-week programs funded by the Mosaic Grant. The Bennington Banner reports the programs focus on a variety of subject areas, including career development, arts, and health and wellness and are taught by a mix of teachers, paraprofessionals, and community residents. Students can attend one or multiple weeks and can choose a different program each of those weeks. “There really is something here for every kid,” said Chris Maguire, coordinator of the programs. No child is turned away because of an inability to pay. Several programs run each week, such as gardening techniques, humane education for house pets and farm animals, how to create “funky” clothes, play rock instruments, and how to make stained glass. Participant Erika Burgess had this to say about the gardening program: “It’s my first day and I already learned a lot about plants and vegetables.” We bet they’re having fun too.

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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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