The Vermont Principals' Association and its corporate partners, the Vermont Student Assistance Corporation and the Vermont State Employees Credit Union, recently announced the recipients of the Vermont Service Learning & Leadership Project Grant (VSLLP) for the 2012-2013 school year.

Twenty schools earned grants ranging from $400 to $2,000 in support of service learning projects. Schools receiving grants include Burlington High School, South Burlington High School, Champlain Valley Union High School, Essex High School, Edmunds Middle School, Bellows Falls Middle School, Lake Region Union High School, Killington Elementary School, Bridport Central School, South Royalton School, Bellows Free Academy-St. Albans, Burke Town School, Hartford Area Career & Technical Center, Hinesburg Community School, Braintree Elementary School, Springfield High School, Stratford Career & Technical Center, Barre City Elementary/Middle School, Barre Career & Technical Center, and St. Albans City Elementary School.

A sample of projects supported include community building and school climate improvement, anti-bullying and harassment programs, Farm to School initiatives, Business & Technology Camp, mentoring and academic support programs, school wellness, career and professional connection development, and effecting school change through student government.

Criteria used in the selection process included data on student involvement in project planning and implementation, connection to student learning outcomes, community involvement, and the potential for improving school-wide climate issues and learning outcomes.

The Vermont Service Learning & Leadership Project began in 2010 as a cooperative effort between the Vermont Student Assistance Corporation and the VPA to support schools in their work to improve school climate and establish project learning. The grant supports initiatives that have a positive impact on learning opportunities for all students, including those who may be first-generation college bound learners.

Rick Gordon, director of the Compass School in Bellows Falls recently informed us that the work supported by a 2011 VSLLP grant led to additional support from the Vermont Community Foundation. "We've been able to open after school programming at all locales to teens from any area school. We end up finding all sorts of other connections, so we look forward to building this for years to come. Having that initial grant from the VPA really helped get this ball rolling. Thanks!"

The VPA and VSAC welcome a new partner, the Vermont State Employees' Credit Union, for 2012-2013. The ongoing support from state partners and supporters is crucial to the continued support of school projects and programs that complete the school-community connection and improve learning outcomes for all students.

For additional information on how you might support this project or any VPA activity, please contact David Cobb, Director of Development at 802 229.0547 or mailto:dcobb@vpoanline.org.

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