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Rwanda trip reveals global connections

Posted on March 15, 2012 |
By Andrea Suozzo



Reporter Andrea Suozzo recently spent three weeks in Rwanda and regularly shared her thoughts on the experience in dispatches from that African country. Now that she is back in Vermont, she reflects back on the journey. You can read more about her trip at rwandanotebook.wordpress.com.

Last Thursday morning, after grabbing an omelet, a passionfruit, a couple bananas and a cup of coffee, I sat down to my second-to-last breakfast in Rwanda.

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Learning about life in foreign lands brings us closer to our homes

Posted on March 8, 2012 |
By Andrea Suozzo



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Bridging culture in Africa

Posted on March 1, 2012 |
By Andrea Suozzo



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Three RNeSU towns to consider school spending hikes

Posted on February 27, 2012 |
By Andrea Suozzo



 

LEICESTER/WHITING/GOSHEN — The past two years have seen reduced budgets for schools around the state, but the 2012-2013 fiscal year spending at Rutland Northeast Supervisory Union elementary schools looks to be on the rise once again.

“Over the last few years we’ve done so much cutting that there’s not much left to cut,” said Matt Brush, chair of the Leicester Central School board, which warned a budget with a spending increase of 4.6 percent over the current year.

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Orwell to vote on school spending hike, repairs

Posted on February 23, 2012 |
By Andrea Suozzo



 

ORWELL — This Town Meeting Day, voters in Orwell will decide on a proposed 2012-13 elementary school spending plan that represents a 5.47 percent increase over the 2011-12 budget.

Like many proposed school budgets around the state, Orwell’s plan adds back many vital services that were cut due to the state’s Challenge for Change budget recommendations last year, according to Orwell Village School Board chair Glen Cousineau. The additional spending is necessary to maintain a high quality of education at the Orwell Village School, he added.

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Schools' results mixed on testing

Posted on February 16, 2012 |
By Andrea Suozzo



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ADDISON COUNTY — Last week’s release of the fall 2011 New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) scores had state and local educators eyeing a decidedly mixed batch of results.

Locally, Vergennes Union High School was the only high school to post significant increases in proficiency in all four subjects tested over 2010 results. Others achieved proficiency levels that, for the most part, declined or stayed the same.

Statewide, results also remained fairly stable compared to 2010.

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King sets motherly love to music

Posted on February 16, 2012 |
By Andrea Suozzo



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ORWELL — Michael B. King’s music ranges from blues to rock to reggae, but these days it’s taken on a different theme: Many of his new songs are about mothers and their children.

The 55-year-old Orwell resident spread his own mother’s ashes this past summer, around the same time that his band, The Jesters, broke up after an 18-year run. Both milestones made him step back and think about his next project.

“I knew I had to replace my music with something,” he said.

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Clippings: Rwanda trip will offer adventure

Posted on February 16, 2012 |
By Andrea Suozzo



One week from now, I will be traveling through Rwanda — “land of 1,000 hills” — with 18 high school students.

I’m still trying to convince myself of this fact: On Sunday, I will abandon my desk here at the Addison Independent for three weeks and hop on a plane to sub-Saharan Africa, acting as a multimedia instructor for a group of students who are immersed in an unfamiliar country, a different history, a new reality.

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Students study craft of writing in Leicester

Posted on February 13, 2012 |
By Andrea Suozzo



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LEICESTER — Forget about teaching writing for standardized tests.

These days at Leicester Central School, it’s all about the craft of creating essays, fiction and poetry.

In classes from pre-kindergarten through fifth grade at Leicester, and in some classes at Brandon’s Neshobe School, students are focusing on reading and writing in a different way: seeking out inspiration, getting into the flow of writing and, afterward, revising their efforts in workshops.

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Migrant farm workers tell their stories with art at Folklife Center

Posted on February 9, 2012 |
By Andrea Suozzo



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MIDDLEBURY — For “A.B.,” the artist behind one of the dioramas on display at the Vermont Folklife Center, the family with blank faces near the back of the box represents her own experience as an undocumented migrant worker in Vermont.

“The majority of people here don’t see us. You see our work, but not our faces,” she said, gesturing to the cow barns made of brightly colored paper and the backdrop of cows in a field within the diorama.

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