Editor of the Reformer:

The West River Montessori School would like to thank everyone who attended and donated to our 2nd Annual Silent Auction Wine and VT Cheese Benefit! The excellent and large collection of items was a humbling show of support, again thank you area businesses. Because of this community’s generosity we reached our fundraising goal with over $8,000 raised! An eager and connected group of neighbors, alumni, grandparents of Montessori kids and friends had a superb evening. When the $500 of door prizes were won a lot of fun and instant gratification filled the room. It would not have been possible without the parents at WRMS that helped make this fundraiser a huge success! We hope to see you next year for another lively and charitable evening.

The West River Montessori School family would like to thank all of our donors for providing such wonderful items to auction and the donors are as follows:

The Red Fox Inn, Homestead, Jake’s Restaurant, Mountain Energy of VT, Home Maintenance Inc., Vermont Country Store, Garden Cafe & Gallery, Kim Ray, Winhall Market, The Starting Gate, Zippy Chicks, The Pantry, Stoneboat Hill Farm, Image Loft, Grandma Millers, Cilantro, J.J. Hapgood Store, West River Creamery, Grafton Cheese, Hildene Farm, Equipe Sports, Viking Nordic Center, r.k. Miles, Manchester Power House, R.B. Erskine Feeds, The Art Garden, Frogs Leap Inn, Sherries Café, Bondville Bloomist, Wild Wings, West River Auto, The Perfect Wife, Express Copy, Jamaica Cottage Shop, Stratton Mountain Market & Deli, The Mountain Goat, Angelique Jarvis, Little Rooster Café, Glebe Mtn. Gardens, Von Bargenns, Weston Playhouse, Lotus Moon Medicinals, Pfister Farm, Brown’s Stratton Snowmobile Tours, Sugar Bob’s, Turn Style Tattoo, Londonderry Coiffures, Clark’s IGA, Manchester Pizza, Bear Paw, Jenks Oasis Farm, Tina Weikert, Mike Noyes, The New American Grill, Stratton Mountain, Meulemans Craft Draughts, My Sisters Garden, Norse House, Taylor Farm, Kurjaika Farm, DeCells Christmas Tree Farm, Waterwheel Quilt Shop, Citizens Bank, Margie’s Muse, SoLo Farm & Table, Sudzy Pup, Northshire Bookstore, Tony’s Pizza, Peabody Apiary, Sigda and The Inn at Weston!

Now, with your support the WMRS will continue to be a safe, fun and highly respected place for children. "One of our community’s greatest assets."

For more information e-mail wrmsabc@gmail.com, call 802-824-5033 or visit www.westrivermontessori.org.

Emmett S. Dunbar

West River Montessori

South Londonderry, Dec. 18 ***

Editor of the Reformer:

There is nothing like the feeling of knowing that money you decide to donate will benefit people you might know directly ... and knowing that it can positively affect a good number, too.

This is the sentiment that several recent donors to the Brattleboro School Endowment have noted, especially at this time of year.

Recent gifts include one from June Butler’s estate. Reportedly, when she first heard about the Brattleboro School Endowment, she said she was most influenced by how the money would go to "all the Brattleboro children." She liked how her donation could impact entire elementary classrooms. Butler’s gift is now invested and generating more interest to be invested back in our community.

Likewise, the Brattleboro Rotary Club found a good partner in the Brattleboro School Endowment. The Rotarians have decided to give a portion of their annual golf tournament proceeds to other local charities, particularly those that don’t have as much man power to raise the funds, and those that will be able to effect a larger number of people.

The Rotary’s gift included a grant from Vermont Yankee, and a personal gift from one Rotarian couple, Phil and Marcia Steckler.

The Endowment immediately distributed some of this donation to the three elementary schools, to be used specifically in their winter sports programs in January. Again, a good portion of the donation was invested, to grow into more funds.

"The Brattleboro School Endowment is moving forward on its goal to reach $300,000," says Ellen Capy, treasurer and co-founder. "When we reach that amount, it should generate enough interest to essentially pay for all the winter sports programs for our three elementary schools."

Capy has been pleased by the interest local organizations have show in the Endowment -- and by the donations received from further away, too.

"Giving to the endowment has far-reaching implications to all the kids in the area," she says. "We continue to feel such enthusiasm and support from all we’ve spoken with."

The Brattleboro School Endowment was formed specifically to assist the elementary schools with "extras."

"The endowment only assists with things outside of the actual budget," explains Jill Stahl Tyler, the other founder, who currently serves as president. "It can help with artists-in-residence, special projects in individual class rooms, winter sports or field trips."

Stahl Tyler notes that the Endowment has heard directly from the town schools’ administrators. "The three local principals have been very grateful for the winter sports program donations," she says. "Last year, we understand that one of the schools was going to eliminate the program for at least one grade, due to lack of funds. The donation that the Endowment distributed avoided cuts.

"This makes a real, direct difference to students," she says.

All donations are tax deductible upon the organization’s recognition as a 501(c)3 nonprofit. The mailing address is Brattleboro School Endowment, Inc; PO Box 2534; Brattleboro, VT 05303. The website address is www.brattleboroschoolendowment.org

Jill Stahl Tyler,

president, Global Cow,

Brattleboro, Dec. 2

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Editor of the Reformer:

I want to thank the crew that came to give help and then to transfer my son, Jim, to the emergency room at Grace Cottage, and to the staff there, on New Year’s Day.

During the long anzxious wait in the waiting room there was a kind gentleman from Bellows Falls -- I do not know his name but he was so understanding and even came into the ER to wave goodbye and best wishes when he was taking his wife home. These are the gifts that help. Thank you.

Jim was transferred to the Veterans Administration Medical Center in White River Junction by the NewBrook crew and is getting excellent care. Hopefully soon he will be on the road to recovery.

Betsey Regan,

Brookline, Jan. 6