Black River's participation in Vermont Reads
Black River Middle School students are currently studying Day of the Pelican. The study includes some background on the conflict between Serbs
and Albanians in Kosovo and its origins. The results are, in part, evident in the novel. The challenge that students face is what to do with their knowledge.
After viewing Home Across Lands, an award-winning documentary tracing the resettlement of refugees from Eritrea in the United States, students are working to
support the Vermont Refugee Resettlement Program.
The Middle School will be collecting new and gently used household items (small appliances, bedding, towels, etc.)
for refugees in the Burlington area. Monetary donations are also welcome. For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Vermont Reads is a Statewide, One-Book Community Reading Program launched in 2003 using Karen Hesse’s Witness,
Vermont Reads brings together communities and people of diverse ages,
abilities, and experiences in reading and discussing a book of high quality and acclaim. The program promotes
community building, open dialogue, intergenerational exchange, the humanities, and literacy.
Each year, communities around the state have the opportunity to bring people together to read, discuss,
and build activities around that year’s selected book. In 2010, eighty-eight communities took part in
Vermont Reads The Day of the Pelican by Katherine Paterson.
See the calendar of Events here: http://www.vermonthumanities.org/index_files/readdiscusscal4.htm
Welcome to Vermont Reads 2011
To Kill a Mockingbird
Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird is one of those rare books that can be read and reread without losing the sense of wonder we feel when first discovering it.
More than a story of race, class, and growing up in the Deep South of the 1930s, To Kill a Mockingbird is a story of innocence,
prejudice, parental love, and moral development. Perhaps above all, it is a story of integrity and courage. Join us, and join your
neighbors, in discovering and rediscovering this classic story of the moral awakening of a young girl that parallels the moral reawakening of a country.
Vermont Reads brings communities together to read a book and do activities centered around it.
Each year sixty or more Vermont towns from around the state get involved with Vermont Reads. Be sure your town takes part in this community-wide project.
Schools, libraries, and other nonprofit organizations may apply. Partnerships with organizations and businesses are encouraged.
Communities receive free books as well as resources and publicity materials.
The Vermont Refugee Resettlement Program brings hope and opportunity to the lives of refugees and immigrants.
We act to defend human rights, promote self-sufficiency and education and to forge community partnerships through a full range of programs & services.
VRRP, founded in 1980, provides comprehensive services to newly arrived refugees through a variety of direct and collaborative social service programs.
VRRP helps refugees adapt to life in the United States. VRRP is a field office of the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI), a national
voluntary agency that contracts with the U.S. State Department to resettle refugees. USCRI provides the administrative process through which refugees
arrive in Vermont. When a refugee arrives at the airport, VRRP's work begins.
Volunteers are a vital part of successful refugee resettlement. As friends, life skill teachers, and advocates, volunteers
help newly arrived refugees navigate in their new culture. When relationships develop into long term friendships, volunteers
offer both the motivation and the means for new refugees to become full members of American society. VRRP works in a partnership
with volunteers to enrich the lives of our clients. Working together, we combine your life experience, creativity, and flexibility
with our professional experience, training, and resources. When we add to this to the strong desire of our clients to learn about
and be successful in their new community, we have the elements that promote long term success.