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(The “Buy” button above will take you to a PayPal link. There you will be able to enter any amount you would like to contribute to the Joshua Moore Scholarship Fund and then download “We Are Children.”)

My daughter was a classmate of Joshua Moore’s in Sueanne’s kindergarden class.  When Joshua went into the hospital this past October I was asked to sub for Sueanne.  One of the only songs I could think of to sing and hum while in the classroom during those tender days was “We Are Children” which was written by my mother, Alice Damon, when I was a little girl.

After Joshua’s death I sang it again at the service that was held at our school, but this time I was singing it for Joshua and I could feel that it was really my mother’s gift to him.  After all, she is a grandmother and even though she’s in spirit she’s still very much a grandmother….maybe even more so.

The next time I sang it was for Joshua’s parents, Christina and Jason Moore, at the candlelight vigil that Sueanne held for them every week.  It was then that I realized that I was meant to give it to Joshua and his family as an offering from my mother and me.

The song “We Are Children” is now being offered to you for purchase and 100% of the proceeds will go to the Joshua Moore Scholarship Fund, making it possible for children to attend our amazing school who otherwise would be unable to.

I just love thinking that Joshua and Grandma Alice are together in the heavenly realms, laughing and giggling at the thought that they are supporting each other and fulfilling their earthly dreams without even being here!  Bravo Joshua & Alice.  When you listen to it, in honor of all those who have passed before us, please do your very best to follow the words, embrace their true meaning and let your heart wings open wide.

With many blessings and so much love we make this offering to you and yours.

Melinda Kinzie, assistant Kindergarten teacher

Lake Champlain Waldorf School Class of 2014
Congratulations to the Class of 2014!

Pictured above from left to right: Melendy Comey Faculty Sponsor, Thomas Fortin, Mairead Collins, Vincent Gauthier, Jenna Perrapato, Oliver Scanlon, Marissa Guidry, Ian Wheeler, Nancy Lewis, Oliver Creech, Noah Ranallo, Jonas Powell, Amanda DeBellis, Madi Cook-Comey, Emily Nelson-Foster, and Willa Cowan-Essig. Photo by Miles Scanlon.

For the last seven years, Sarah Thompson has been the school’s volunteer Pentathlon Coordinator, and this glimpse into the event is narrated by Sarah and the children.

The gray clouds and drizzle did not dampen the spirits of the fourth graders from the Lake Champlain Waldorf School as they hammered, measured and sawed at New Village Farm on Wednesday. While the students always enjoy “Farm Days”, this one was particularly special.

Nearly six months ago, the fourth graders’ study of Vermont and Native American history culminated in an overnight stay at New Village Farm (NVF). The children cooked a meal (over open fire and in the clay oven) using vegetables they had harvested from the farm, oats they had ground, and apples they had picked. The group slept in the unfinished barn at NVF that they had helped to frame when they were in third grade.

Over the winter the fourth grade kept its connection to the farm—and thought a lot about that unfinished barn. “Each week in 4th grade, we have a weekly class meeting where we discuss ways that we can help each other and our community,” explains class teacher Meredith Markow of Shelburne. “The children unanimously decided that they wanted to do what they could to help the Farm and complete the barn.”

The class chose to run a pay-what-you-wish bake sale, and they put their study of fractions to good use as they prepared farm-to-feast treats. The children asked customers at Shelburne Supermarket and the Waldorf School to donate what they could in exchange for cupcakes, cookies, and other treats. Thanks to the generosity of the community, the class donated $1031.63 to New Village Farm.

Michaela Ryan of Shelburne, the head farmer and founder of New Village Farm, used the funds to buy siding for the barn. Michaela and NVF builder, Nirmag Leggett, designed a kid-friendly building technique so that the children could participate in the entire process of applying the siding. “The kids did such an amazing job raising the funds,” said Michaela. “They deserve to be a real and integral part of the finished project.”

On Wednesday, the fourth graders gathered at the barn and learned how to measure, cut, and nail the siding into place. “The kids will do the inside layer without us having to worry about the aesthetics of the odd bent nail, hammer dent or slightly imperfect cut,” explains Michaela. “Then the wider finish boards will go over this inside layer, covering any flaws, and the kids will come back again to help screw these outer boards into place.”

The fourth graders spent the afternoon working with their farm mentors to position the boards on the east side of the barn. There is still a lot to do, and the children are eager to return. “I continue to be awed by this class and their dedication to the world around them,” said Michaela. “They are such and enthusiastic, hard working, and compassionate crew.”

For the rest of the school year the fourth graders will be making weekly visits to New Village Farm to work on the barn and study the farm animals as part of their Human Being and Animal/Zoology curriculum. “I am so grateful to Michaela for what she has gifted back to the children,” said teacher Meredith Markow.