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Grants

 

Northshire Days School is excited to announce that they have been selected to participate in the Green Mountain Healthy Kids Challenge. The Green Mountain Healthy Kids Challenge is an exciting opportunity designed to support twenty-five child care centers in their efforts to improve food, nutrition and physical activity for preschool-aged children thought the development and implementation of nutrition and wellness policies in their child care centers.

Upon completion of this project model policies will be compiled to create a framework for all Vermont Child Care Centers in the implementation of their own Nutrition and Wellness Policies.

 

After writing a brief essay to the University of Vermont’s Extension 4-H Youth Agriculture Project on how NDS supports healthy childhood nutrition and works to combat childhood obesity in our school we are happy to announce that NDS was one of the few programs chosen to receive an indoor garden.  We had the children plant vegetable seeds and after they were housed in this indoor garden we planed them in our outdoor garden. 

 

The Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Capital Region awarded us a grant that will enable us to have the No Strings Marionette Company visit us this fall and work with our pre-k children.  Puppetry excels as an educational residency, for students come to understand the many disciplines encompassed by this one art form.  Each phrase of the workshop stresses a different lesson in creativity that interrelates and culminates in an overall goal, the final performance. 

 

Northshire Day School also received a grant from The Mount Laurel Foundation of $3500.  The purpose of the Foundation is to promote the welfare of mentally and developmentally disabled children and eligible young adults in the Bennington and Rutland Counties area by contributing to the funding of appropriate educational, recreational and support organizations.  This money received will be utilized to offer our staff outside the classroom planning time. During this time staff meets and documents children’s progress, paying particular attention to children whom we feel may need extra services.  Offering this opportunity to our staff requires a part-time employee who comes in to cover in the rooms for 15 hours a week for the school year, September to June. This grant money will be used to offset the cost of this part-time employee.