Letter: Long Trail appreciates support


To the Editor:Thousands of lives have been positively affected by Long Trail School. For more than four decades, students and their families have been enriched by this educational community. In addition to the engaging and globally aware curriculum, programs in the arts, athletics, sciences and leadership provide students from southern Vermont and nearby New York State with opportunities to self-challenge, learn and grow. Every day we connect with the world around our school in ways small and large, improving the circumstances of those we know and others we will never meet.Long Trail boasts nearly 200 students from over 25 towns and 5 countries this year. Families seek us out for our unparalleled creative and intellectual challenges and are enchanted by our warm family atmosphere which recognizes students as individuals. This year we are celebrating five years of our International Baccalaureate curriculum. As an IB World School, we work to help all students embrace the world as learners who are:- Inquirers- Knowledgeable- Thinkers- Communicators- Principled- Open-minded- Caring- Risk-takers- Balanced- ReflectiveThese qualities and skills will serve them well as they move beyond our campus. We strive every day to imbue students with a sense of purpose and place in community. Student organizations work with local groups and churches to assist others all year long. They have raised their voices with fervency and respect to share the message that school choice matters. Fundraising for causes supplements volunteer hours to clean roadsides, spread holiday cheer and connect with town members. Our students team with community leaders and see the difference they can make. They are becoming meaningful world citizens.Grateful for the commitment of tuition funding from area towns, we remain committed to the children of this region who benefit greatly from the unique educational experiences we offer. Your investment in a Long Trail education is an investment in the future of our communities and in the children of your neighborhoods. Thank you.Steven E. Dear, Head of SchoolLong Trail School, Dorset


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