During the beginning of the 2018 school year, Fair Haven Grade School’s Home School Coordinator, Melissa Hoyer, noticed a problem. Many children within her school district made it known that they were coming to school hungry and leaving school wondering where their next meal was coming from, especially during extended breaks and holidays. Melissa, worried about the well-being of the children and their families, found out that area schools within the district (including Castleton, Fair Haven, Orwell, and Benson) did not fall within the State of Vermont’s Community Eligibility Program that provides free meals to students in need. So, she decided to take on the issue herself to create positive change within the Western Rutland Region. Because of her enthusiasm and help from United Way of Rutland County funds, these schools now send food home with over 100 children (and their extended families) on a weekly basis!
Wonderfeet Kids’ Museum
Address: 11 Center Street, Rutland, VT 05701
Phone: (802) 282-2678
Web: Wonderfeet Kids’ Museum
Wonderfeet Kids’ Museum fosters curiosity and exploration, inspires creativity, and ignites the imagination of every child through the power of play.
Come Alive Outside
Address: P.O. Box 267, Rutland, VT 05702
Phone: (707) 867-5969
Web: Come Alive Outside
Come Alive Outside is 501c3 nonprofit founded in 2014 that works closely with partners in healthcare, public health, outdoor recreation and the landscape profession in order to get people off the couch and back outside in communities across North America!