The 2020 Presidential election is underway, and the Burr and Burton community is steadfast in its commitment to civic engagement and responsibility. Moving around campus early this week, there are some common refrains among students, faculty, staff and administrators: Engage in the process, and respect differences among us.
In late September, Burr and Burton social studies teacher Thomas Von Allmen brought his Medieval History class to the Dene Farm to harvest an assortment of grains that Food and Farm Studies teacher Derek Anderson had planted for the class back in the spring. The oats, buckwheat, and wheat had grown to maturity on the Dene Farm, and like medieval farmers, the students needed to thresh, winnow, and grind them in order to turn the grains into usable flour.
On a warm and striking fall day in Vermont, seven Burr and Burton students joined Mountain Campus Director Andy Dahlstrom in Peru for a firewood stacking community service event. With three people stacking and five loading and shuttling wheelbarrow after wheelbarrow of 12-inch cordwood to the barn, the entire crew was working hard to help a community member get ready for winter.
On Sunday, September 13th, 100 Burr and Burton students came together outdoors for a socially distanced Bulldog Leadership Summit. In its fifth year, the Bulldog Leadership Summit has evolved into an event that is led entirely by students: students develop topics, conduct research, and plan interactive presentations on timely leadership topics. The annual summit, which occurs in September, is the culmination of months of preparation for student presenters, facilitators, and organizers.