Brighton Elementary Receives Grant From Vermont Community Foundation


Brighton Elementary middle school students Erin Brunelle, Ryan Roy and Victoria Simmons tour exhibits at the Hood Museum in Hanover, N.H.

ISLAND POND -- Brighton Elementary School recently received a $1000 grant from the Vermont Community Foundation's Northeast Kingdom Fund. This grant will help further Brighton's mission of promoting critical thinking and discourse by engaging students in meaningful experiences beyond school walls.

This grant funded two field trips for Brighton's middle school students. In December 2014, students visited Hanover, N.H., where they toured two exhibits at the Hood Museum -- Witness: Art and Civil Rights in the Sixties, and Jose Clemente Orozco: The Epic of American Civilization. The group also enjoyed lunch at Sushi Ya.

In April, a small group of students will take in a play at the Flynn Theater in Burlington, Vt., "The Mountaintop," about the last night of Martin Luther King Jr.'s life. All of this field trips are interrelated and build upon American History curriculum that students are engaged in this academic year.

"Our students returned from their trip to Hanover abuzz with excitement!" reported principal Denise Russell.

The mission at Brighton Elementary is to engage students in developing skills to promote their ongoing commitment to lifelong learning, responsible citizenship, critical thinking, communication and diversity. To this end, the school is committed to the collective responsibility of upholding consistent high expectations for the academic, behavioral and social development of all students.

The Vermont Community Foundation is a family of hundreds of funds and foundations established by Vermonters to serve their charitable goals. It provides the advice, investment vehicles, and back office expertise to make giving easy and effective. The Foundation also provides leadership in giving by responding to community needs, mobilizing and connecting philanthropists to multiply their impact, and by keeping Vermont's nonprofit sector vital with grants and other investments in the community. Visit or call 802-388-3355 for more information.


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