When 40 girls showed up at Highgate Public Library last spring, they weren't looking for books; they wanted prom dresses. The children's room had been transformed into a pop-up boutique stocked with about 80 donated gowns — all free for the taking. This year, in collaboration with Abenaki Outreach's Project Prom and Karen's Hair Studio in Swanton, the library is hosting another Prom dress drive & swap. The idea is to give all Franklin County girls the opportunity to wear something special to their prom or end-of-the-year banquet. "There are so many families that really are just struggling to make ends meet," says library director Liza Comiskey. But the swap isn't just for them. "It's open to everybody."
Renaissance Elementary School is an independent, co-educational, elementary day school, located at Shelburne Farms. The Renaissance School offers inquiry-based learning with a strong focus in differentiated education for Mathematics and Language Arts. Outdoor learning often takes place as all of the aspects of Shelburne Farms are incorporated into the curriculum.…(more)