Instead of going home for Fall Break, some students elected to stay in Poultney to make a difference for community members as part of GMC’s Alternative Break program.
Julia Harcourt ‘20, Chelsea Wimble ‘19, Sydney Hill ‘19, Chris Surdam ‘19 and Brianna Alimonti ’17 partnered with Slate Quarry Park, Stone Valley Arts, and Poultney 2020 to facilitate the CommUnity Project (an interactive public art project) while residents and visitors came through Main Street to explore local treasures and trinkets.
Diversity & Inclusion VISTA worker Becca Wolfgang ’16, with help from 11 GMC students, facilitated a community dinner at the Farmhouse featuring locally harvested squash.
Community members Paul Hancock, Ruth Ann Fischer, Larry Jensen, Richard Rupe and others helped with the “Art in the Park” installation and Bob Williams donated time and space to the materials. (If you would like to participate in the CommUnity Project, inquire at Williams’ Hardware for free yarn to weave your identity among the others strung up. The project will remain up until October 26).
Students Emanuel ’20 Spitalny and Ellen Sanders ’18 staked out spots along Main Street for the Town Yard Sale, facilitating the CommUnity Project, and aiding Poultney Community Garden manager Claire Londagin in putting the garden to bed for winter. Emma Miles ’18 opened the gallery at Stone Valley Arts for an Open Studio session and hosted a performance of the Poultney Community Jazz Band. Marjuk Ahmad ’17 worked with the Pyles family (Jesse, Laura, Addison, Hazel, Ruby) and farmer Ginny at Smokey House Center in Danby, Vt., to harvest 484 pumpkins and many squashes.
Thank you to everyone who contributed this weekend: you served a total of 80 volunteer hours! If you are interested in being part of an Alternative Spring Break, contact Bianca Zanella, firstname.lastname@example.org.