Last week we finished our fifth annual Thanks and Giving Day with over 236 student volunteers working to meet needs in the larger Poultney community. Special thanks to Ellen Sanders, Latisha Hargrett , Chasidy Jaquith, Tanysha Tatro-Sylvestre , Ariana Alarcon, Carl Diehelm, Lara Thompson and all of the students, faculty, and staff who participated. Our Authentic Sustainability goal involves “strengthening college community partnerships to enhance the vibrancy of the local communities.” Poultney 2020 activities, the Earth Fair, the Meeting house renovation, and many courses have increased our impact in this area.
This is also a great time to celebrate the student work on Delicate Balance projects that have engaged the larger Poultney community. Past student projects have enhanced mentorship programs connecting GMC students with local high schoolers (Improving DREAM, 2016), developed citizen scientist coalitions to study the natural health of the surrounding community (Poultney Wood Turtles and Citizen Science 2016), created firewood banks for community winter heating needs (WOOD AID: a Community Wood Share Program, 2015), set up basketball camps for local kids (GMC 2nd Annual Buckets R Us Basketball Camp 2015,2016), engaged Poultney kids and adults in gaming on long winter evenings (Game Night in Poultney, 2017) and many more.