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How Vermont Kids Are Spending Their Summers 

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  • Wisteria

The COVID-19 pandemic has created a strange new normal for young people around the state suddenly spending all of their time at home. Some kids are trying to make the best of it. We asked them about the projects they started during quarantine. Below, find some of their responses.

Name: Wisteria
Age: 15
Town: Wheelock
Fun Fact: I once caught a goat in a canoe with 4 people and brought it safely back across the river.

Quarantine project: I participated in the Extreme Mustang Makeover. I domesticated a wild horse in 100 days, then did a virtual show to showcase its abilities. This brings attention to the plight of the wild horses and gets one more horse off the government feedlot. It also kept me very busy during the pandemic.

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  • Noah

Name: Noah
Age: 10
Town: Jericho
Fun Fact: I love to build/ride mountain bike trails with friends.

Quarantine project: During this pandemic I have been building mountain bike trails in the woods behind my house. Right now I am working on clearing a tech trail. This requires trimming branches, weed whacking ferns and other plants, and raking leaves and sticks.

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Name: Levi
Age: 10
Town: Jericho
Fun Fact: I love to mountain bike, ski, and play soccer and guitar.

Quarantine project: I am a Cub Scout, and this spring I am working on earning my Messenger of Peace badge. I have put up signs along my road to help bring awareness of individual(s) who are routinely littering and/or drinking and driving. We can all do our part to spread the word of "Don't Litter" and "Don't Drink and Drive." We also don't have to wait until the annual Green Up Day to clean up our roadways/community.

I think I have touched a nerve of the individual who is doing most of the littering with their small green-and-yellow wine boxes. We found five empty wine boxes around one of my signs. Thursday evening, one set (two signs) went missing.

Name: Myles
Age: 13
Town: East Wallingford
Fun Fact: I was born in a snowstorm ... then the 2007 nor'easter hit.

Quarantine project: I did my best to assist my parents with our family business, Thrive Center of the Green Mountains. The hours were even longer than normal, so I would help clean a lot, mail letters, organize files, water plants, take out the trash and, most of all, stay on top of my schoolwork — because they did their best to help me but were often preoccupied. My mom often tells me that my ability to stay upbeat without complaining, plus being patient, is a huge help. We had to really come together as a team to stay afloat and be available to help patients.

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Names: Sophia and Ethan
Ages: 11 and 9
Town: St. Albans Town
Fun Facts: Sophia: I've been playing the piano since I was 6 years old.
Ethan: I love snowboarding because it's fun gliding down the mountain.

Quarantine project: Sophia: My brother changed the words in the song "Hallelujah," which he found easy to write because of what was happening in the world. He played the piano while I sang the lyrics. It turned out to be a funny parody for people to enjoy.

Ethan: It was fun changing lyrics and making it rhyme.

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Name: Rebecca
Age: 10
Town: Jericho
Fun Fact: I love riding horses.

Quarantine project: I watched YouTube videos to learn how to sew masks and found a website with a pattern I could use. I tried a few different kinds and found one with a wire that I like the best. I made them for friends to keep them safe, and then I decided to sell them. My mom put it on her Facebook page, and I ended up selling a lot of masks. I used the money to buy more fabrics, and I also saved some money.

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