Education news and notes

Kindergarten registration

VERNON >> Registration for the 2016-2016 kindergarten class at Vernon Elementary School will be held on April 6, beginning at 8:15 a.m. Children are eligible to enter kindergarten if they are 5 years old before Sept. 1. Any Vernon resident with a child of kindergarten age should contact the school at 802-254-5373 as soon as possible. Individual appointment times for the April 6 registration day were mailed approximately two weeks before that date.

Kindergarten registration

BELLOWS FALLS >> Students are now being enrolled to attend kindergarten for the 2016-2017 school year. Children who will be 5 years old on or before Sept. 1 are eligible to attend kindergarten. Call Central Elementary School in Bellows Falls at 802-463-4346 or the Saxtons River Elementary School at 802-869-2637. Or stop by either school to pick up a form. The Rockingham School District, encompassing Saxtons River, Bellows Falls, Bartonsville, and Cambridgeport is now registering children eligible to attend kindergarten during the 2016-2017 school year.

WSWMD hosts first environmental awards

BRATTLEBORO >> The Windham Solid Waste Management District is holding its first School Environmental Excellence Competition.

According to Kristen Benoit, program coordinator, more than 30 area elementary, middle and high schools were invited to participate in competition. The competition focuses on all aspects of waste reduction including the school's recycling and composting efforts, and the proper storage and disposal of hazardous materials.

Winners will be announced on April 15 and trophies awarded to winning schools will be distributed on Earth Day.

Scholarship funding available for Vermont child care centers

BRATTLEBORO >> Funding is now available for Vermont child care centers to support children of preschool age (3-4 years) in need of assistance through the Edwards Child Care Scholarship Fund at the Vermont Community Foundation.

The board of directors of the O.P. and W.E. Edwards Foundation established this grant program at the Vermont Community Foundation to help non-profit child care providers serve their most at-risk preschool aged children whose families need extra support. These families struggle with geographic and economic barriers and/or need additional services around developmental challenges. The Edwards Foundation's hope is that, with this support, more children will be ready to learn when they enter kindergarten.

Any non-profit child care center in Vermont with a demonstrated capability of serving children aged 3-4 from economically stressed families is eligible to apply. Grants up to $2,000 are awarded. Applications will be accepted through 5 p.m. on May 5. Visit to learn more.

Pre-K funding now available

BRATTLEBORO >> Children ages 3 to 5 living in the WSESU towns of Brattleboro, Dummerston, Guilford, Putney, and Vernon qualify for 10 hours per week of publicly funded prekindergarten education at 18 community-based preschools.

Pre-k education is designed to provide young children with play-based early learning experiences aligned with Vermont Early Learning Standards to gain social and academic skills that prepare them for school.

Applications for the 2016-17 school year are available at area preschools, on the WSESU website at, and by calling Janice Stockman at 254-3755.

AAUW offers college scholarships for women

BRATTLEBORO >> The Brattleboro Branch of the American Association of University Women once again is offering Scholarships of up to $1,000 to qualified female candidates who are residents of Windham County. Both graduating high school senior girls and mature women continuing their higher education are eligible to apply. Applications will be judged on academic performance, extracurricular activities, community involvement, and financial need.

Senior students from area high schools, preparatory schools, or home schools, who are legal residents of Windham County may apply. They must be enrolling in and accepted for full time study in a two-year associate degree or four-year undergraduate program.

Mature women, 25 years or older, who are legal residents of Windham County and have been accepted to or are continuing in an accredited two- or four-year undergraduate degree program as part- or full-time students in the Fall, are encouraged to apply.

Guidance counselors in area high schools have posters and application forms. Mature women may obtain them from area college financial aid offices. Further information and application forms are available from Norma Shakun,, and Ann Wright-Parsons,

Applications must be received by Monday, May 2 (postmarked by April 29) and should be submitted to AAUW Scholarship Committee Chairwoman, Norma Shakun. For information, call 802-490-2310.

Veterans group offers nurses training scholarships

BRATTLEBORO >> The local chapter of a national veterans organization is offering scholarships to qualified undergraduate students enrolled in two- or four-year academic programs of study to be registered nurses. These scholarships can help veterans with experience in related military occupations prepare for civilian careers in the nursing profession.

A national program to help alleviate the shortage of skilled nurses in this country has long been a special interest to La Société des Quarante Hommes et Huit Chevaux, the veterans organization also known as the "Forty and Eight." Since 1955, La Société has provided nearly $32,000,000 and assisted more than 52,000 nurses in obtaining nursing degrees. This year the Forty and Eight is celebrating 96 years since its founding in 1920.

For more information about the Forty and Eight and the Nurses Training Program, contact Leonard Normandeau at 802-479-2274. For more information about the Nurses Training Scholarship and application forms, email Ron Merolli at


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