There are so many reasons to love being 11 — and grade-school dominance is just one of them. In Vermont, every fifth grader skis for free. That's right. The Fifth Grade Passport Program provides coupon booklets containing free lift tickets and trail passes for young snow lovers good for up to 88 days of no-charge skiing and riding at Vermont's alpine and Nordic resorts. There's only one catch: accompaniment by an adult with a full-price lift ticket. Last year, 2400 middle schoolers hit the slopes courtesy of the program, which has a new, easy-to-use online ordering system. There are worse things to get hooked on than downhill skiing in Vermont.
Lake Champlain Waldorf School is a co-education day school, pre-K through high school. With a focus on imagination, social responsibility, and a reverence for the natural world, Waldorf education provides a rich and in-depth learning experience that nurtures the whole child. It's the fastest-growing independent school movement in the world!…(more)