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Posted on February 7, 2019 |
By Marin Howell



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STUDENTS FROM THE Walden Project, Vergennes Union High School’s alternative education program, pose in late November at their Monkton campus with visitors from a New York Walden Project modeled after the VUHS program. The head of the New York program came with his students to Vermont to learn more about how the VUHS Walden Project operates. Below, Walden Project students Marlie Hunt, left, and Sarah Peterson pose with Hunt’s lunch during a chilly day in the woods. Students in the VUHS alternative education program help grow and prepare their own food, and say doing so is an important part of their learning experience. Photos by VUHS student Dylan Rapoport

VERGENNES/MONKTON — On a cold November day in the woods of Monkton, students from Vermont and New York sat gathered around the fire, deeply engaged in conversation.

Each of these students was a member of an alternative-learning program from either the Green Mountain State or the Empire State. These programs, according to their organizers, share a unique approach to schooling — getting students outside and connecting them with their education in a way that desks and textbooks do not always allow.  

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