“Giving Tuesday” took place earlier this week, and I would like to thank all of our Business Partners in Education for their generosity in giving to the Village School. We are fortunate in our small community to have many supportive families, faculty and staff, neighbors, and businesses that help make it possible for us to carry out our work each day, and uphold our mission to keep children at the heart of all we do.
I was touched by the comments that Angelica Harrison, owner of the Roasted Bean, shared on Facebook when she created a Roasted Bean fundraiser for the school this week to match patrons’ donations to the school. She wrote about the thoughtful way our school is caring for and educating our kids, during “one of the most difficult times we’ve known.” She recognized the extra costs and efforts of keeping our kids safe and said: “Village School teachers stand outside until the last child leaves each day, and they provide extra snacks, clothes and shoes, hugs, smiles and positive reinforcement.”
Above and beyond the formal education we give our students, I can’t think of anything more important than providing a caring and nurturing environment in which our students can grow and flourish. I wish we had unlimited funds to accomplish all that we dream of for our students!
The reality, though, is that independent schools like ours operate on a tight budget and are faced with needing to make up the difference between tuition and the actual cost of educating our students. This year, the shortfall for our school will be around $96,000 simply to cover operating costs. Covering this gap is one of the reasons that the school’s Board of Trustees puts so much effort into running our school’s Annual Campaign each year. Hopefully, you received the school’s Annual Campaign letter prior to the Thanksgiving break. To make a gift directly on our website, click here. Even the smallest gifts can make a difference.
In this season of giving, I’d also like to mention that Mr. Ulrich’s second grade class is collecting packaged food items for local families in need. Click here to read more about their efforts and how your student(s) can participate.
Village School Business Partners in Education 2021-2022
Bank of Bennington: https://thebankofbennington.com/
Danielle D. Fogarty, PLC: https://www.ddfplc.com/
D.B. McKenna & Co., Inc.: https://www.dbmckenna.com/
Whitman’s / Poulin Grain: https://www.whitmansfeed.com/
Adam’s Lock & Security: https://www.adamslockvt.com/
Maple Leaf Realty: https://www.mapleleafvermont.com/
Power Guru: https://www.power-guru.com/
RCS Consulting: https://www.rcs.consulting/
West Oil Company: https://westoilcompany.com/
Williams Financial, LLC: https://williamsfinancial.net/
The Bennington Bookshop: https://www.benningtonbookshop.com/
Bennington Express Car Wash and Repair: https://www.benningtonlubeandwash.com/
Casella Waste Systems: https://www.casella.com/