Student Film: Winter Wreaths

In her first video project Abby, a student at our Bennington learning center, brings you along on a class excursion to The Tutorial Center at Smokey House where they got a hands-on, start-to-finish lesson in making festive evergreen wreaths.

After the event Abby used photographs, video, and voice-over narration to put together this great movie about the experience.

TDBank surprised The Tutorial Center Staff with beautiful flowers in appreciation for the work we do! Thank you TDBank!

Warm surprises: TDBank’s Acts of Kindness

TDBank surprised The Tutorial Center Staff with beautiful flowers in appreciation for the work we do! Thank you TDBank!The Tutorial Center in Bennington received a surprise visit last week by Michelle Peabody and Julianna Burnley of TD Bank, who handed out flowers to TTC teachers as a way to celebrate The Tutorial Center’s role in the community. TDBank employees are delivering these “random acts of kindness” to acknowledge area organizations that are important to the community.

“The Tutorial Center’s programs help to better the community and we just wanted to show how much we truly appreciate them,” said Peabody and Burnley.

Winning the achievement race

Running with The Triplets

 

Winning the Race to Success

We teach all of our students that success is rarely reached by a sprint, it’s more of a cross-country run. That’s why we introduce them to three supportive running companions: Pace, Perseverance, and Patience. 

By training with this important trio students learn how to set attainable goals, manage expectations, and achieve their dreams. 

Let’s face it, the beginning of every new endeavor is fun. When you start out on a project—any project—like returning to school or renovating the bathroom, it’s easy to confuse excitement for momentum.  It’s after you’ve been at it a while and the scenery doesn’t seem to be changing that it’s easy to lose motivation. That’s when it’s good to call on the Triplets for help.

Pace will happily remind you that you’ll get there as long as you don’t try to go too far too fast. Getting ahead and getting ahead of yourself are not the same things. Divide a long journey into smaller manageable lengths and before you know it there will be more work behind you than ahead of you and you’ll cross that finish line.

Accept that the road to success is a hilly, winding one. Perseverance steps up when you feel like you need to rest, or worse, you want to quit. Perseverance gets you around the obstacles in your path and helps you believe in the great things ahead even when you can’t see around the next corner.

Patience is the one who will offer a refreshing cup of self-confidence when you feel like you need to walk for a stretch to catch your breath, or because your shoe’s become untied. When the goal seems so far down the road—so far into the future—Patience will assure you that it will happen. So relax. It may take longer than you hoped—but you’ll get there.  

And you will. The Triplets and we can help

Flowers and Compost Bins

IMG_0869Hot, hazy, and humid… that didn’t slow down our Danby crew in its second week.  With only two days of work this week because of the 4th of July, the YAP crew weeded (everything!), transplanted (flowers by the Smokey House Center  sign) and harvested (garlic scapes, lettuce and herbs.)IMG_0314

 

 

 

We even found time to hike into the woods to check out the work on the Old Sugar House and cool off in the nearby stream.IMG_0866

 

 

 

Our big project, however, was constructing compost bins, based on a design by EMG Master Composter, Ron Hebert. With guidance from Robin Chesnut-Tangerman, we’ve already built three composters for ourselves.  The walls are sturdy 1/2″ hardware cloth, and the latch uses solid wood and good hardware.   This very practical design includes an easy open latch, which makes moving and turning the pile easy.  We plan to offer these for sale at the Poultney Farmers Market soon. (We’re taking orders now – $79 plus tax!)

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Dilcia cutting vegetables in The Bennington Tutorial Center's kitchen

Farewell to Dilcia, A Wonderful Intern

Dilcia cutting vegetables in The Bennington Tutorial Center's kitchenToday we say good-bye to Dilcia Gutierrez who has been working with us in the Bennington center as part of the Southern Vermont College Intern Program. We were impressed with how much Dilcia was able to tackle in such an ever-changing environment as The Tutorial Center’s. Here’s a bit from Dilcia on her experience with us:


Since the Spring 2014 semester started, I have been interning at The Tutorial Center in the town of Bennington. My assignment has been to work on the marketing and public relations aspect. The work has been completed on and off site. I have conducted a series of interviews and gathered pictures and quotes that will ultimately enhance The Tutorial Center’s website. Along with this project I have been assigned to work on creating website profiles for farms that are a part of the YAP Food Network.

Working with The Tutorial Center has been a great experience. Not only did I gain knowledge in my field of study, I got the opportunity to know what goes on behind the scenes of an organization and I got the chance to meet the wonderful people that make things happen.

I have been learning a lot about pictures and interviews and how they make a great marketing tool and a lot about what goes into a company’s website. A lot of my business courses have prepared me for what I am currently doing, but now I am actually getting the hands on experience here at The Tutorial Center.

Working with my supervisor has also been really great. I have gained a lot of knowledge simply by having conversations. The students and people I have interviewed have also taught me a lot of things. I’ve learned about their journey in education. Their stories have inspired me and have helped me better understand how institutions like The Tutorial Center really make a difference in people’s life.


We wish Dilcia all the best and continued success as she earns her dgree!

Visit our High School Diploma Page to see one of the videos that Dilcia worked on.