Act Local: Quick Civics Session at TTC Manchester

untitled184A9814-3-EditOn Sunday February 5th, 2017 Tutorial Center instructor and Vermont House Representative, Robin Chestnut Tangerman, will lead a relaxed discussion on how Vermonters can best work with, and within, their local and state governments.

The community, staff and students are showing a renewed interest in the way governments operate—from town boards to the Oval Office. The Tutorial Center is happy to provide this opportunity for civic engagement. Our current High School Completion students are encouraged to attend as part of your on-going lessons in civics.

The session will touch on the mechanics of how laws and regulations are adopted within our state, along with how to make your voice heard with elected officials.

This is a non-partisan event. All perspectives are welcome and will be respected. Bring your enthusiasm and questions!

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Act Local: Quick Civics

February 5, 2017
Beginning at 2:00pm
At The Tutorial Center
3511 Richville Rd., Manchester

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Dillon Williams working at The Tutorial Center

What Goes Around: Dillon Williams

Dillon Williams working at The Tutorial Center
roundcube-webmail-_-fwd_-community-food-cupboards-fall-newsletterThe individual and corporate support we get from the Northshire community is essential to our meeting the goals of our mission – so we understand how important sustained support can be. And, we try to pass that idea of community service on to our students, sometimes as an element of their personalized education plan. It works.

Meet Dillon, an alternative high school education student, who was just recognized as a valuable volunteer by the Manchester Community Food Cupboard. We love that our students can work on personal development during their time with us and and help important organizations like The Community Food Cupboard continue its important work.

From the Community Food Cupboard Newsletter:

“Dillon Williams has been one of CFC’s most faithful volutheers for more than a year. Dillon is a student at The Tutorial Center and their Smokey House site in Danby, both of which have a strong focus on experiential learning and individualized instruction.

“He comes to work at CFC each Thursday moming with his instructor Jen Lalor and he is always ready to tackle whatever task needs doing. On a typical day, he can be seen stacking shelves, filling bags for the homebound, sorting produce, carrying and breaking down cardboand boxes, and much more.

“Dillon’s work here is not just an asset for CFC, it’s a. a valuable part of his school day, which provides real-world experience. During the past two summers, he has also worked in the Youth Agriculture Project in Manchester that teaches young adults how to grow and maintain an organic vegetable garden through sustainable methods, and he currently volun-teers at the Manchester Community Library as well.

“Dillon is a valued member of each of these communities and hopes to takes classes next year toward a computer science degree. Thank you, Dillon for all your hard work!”

TD Bank Bring change even in Bennington, Vermont

Thank You TD Bank for “Bringing Change!”

Jena Holmes-Thomas adds another contribution to the cause. Thanks to community support and a grant from the TD Charitable Foundation, TD Bank Bennington Branch raised $2,257.29 for us through their Bring Change Program.

We are very so grateful for this generous donation and for TD Bank’s continuing support of our mission to deliver quality education to area students regardless of their circumstance. Tutorial Center students will directly benefit from this wonderful donation.

 

 

 

Manchester Community & Educational Garden Gets Dressed for a New Season!

We are so excited to begin our sixth season of managing the Manchester Community & Educational Garden! This past weekend a group of friendly, dedicated folks came together and got the garden in tiptop shape. Be sure to also take a look at Grown, In 60 Seconds! – our time-lapse video showing all of last season’s garden magic in under a minute!

The 1-1/2 acre garden is home to our acclaimed Manchester YAP! program, and MEMS Farm to School Program, plus around 20 individual families of gardeners.

The success of this garden, and it’s place in the Northshire community is a living, growing tribute to what can be accomplished when hearts, heads, and hands come together!

The Tutorial Center's YAP students are highlighted on the World Education Website

Tutorial Center Students Featured on World Education Website

Sometimes it’s easy for us to view the work we do as just another day at The Tutorial Center. But sometimes others remind us of the impact we regularly have on the people we serve.

Former YAP! (Youth Agriculture Project) crew members Elyse Hardy and Renette Gonzalez were both featured in the September issue of New England Literacy Resource Center’s magazine The Change Agent. It was the magazine’s “food issue.” Renette and Elyse each wrote about their personal experiences in YAP!, sharing how the program helped them achieve success in the working world.

Parts of their stories were more recently included in World Education’s October Newsletter. World Education is a widely-known and well respected global organization whose mission is to raise the quality of lives through education. Tackling such important topics as HIV, poverty, literacy, the organization does on a global scale what we at The Tutorial Center do in our part of the planet. We’re proud and pleased to be included in their network.

The Tutorial Center's YAP students are highlighted on the World Education Website