Fairlee, West Fairlee, and Vershire, Vermont; Orford, New Hampshire
Rivendell Academy, Westshire Elementary School, and Samuel Morey Elementary School Working with Hulbert Outdoor Center
The residents of four towns in New Hampshire and Vermont created the Rivendell Interstate School District in 1998.
Rivendell began its work with students in fall 2000. Prior to the creation of Rivendell, Westshire Vermont was a CO-SEED site. When Rivendell was created, CO-SEED expanded to all four towns that comprise the school district. Rivendell’s mission statement is aligned with the ideas that are central to CO-SEED. One of Rivendell’s strengths was the strong structure it had in place. Principles central to CO-SEED were included in the district’s mission. The school district had a strong relationship with its environmental learning center partner, Hulbert Outdoor Center (HOC).
The representative from the HOC worked primarily with the elementary schools to focus on helping teachers develop new curricula and connecting place based projects to that curriculum. The representative also played a key role in helping high school students meet community service requirements by helping them develop community workshops focusing on environmental concepts.
In The News. . .
An ambitious project is off to a good start – Journal Opinion, 9/5/01
Even on a hazy day. . . – Journal Opinion, 9/5/01
Sample Success Stories
* The students and community members of the Rivendell School District built a 40 mile
“Cross Rivendell” hiking trail to link the towns of their newly formed school district.
* The community formed the “Community-School Organization” as a more inclusive alternative to traditional parent-teacher organizations.
* Elementary students worked together to build a “3 Sisters Garden” to learn about history, gardening and school yard landscaping.
* The School district has named specific community based goals in its 4 pillars of operation.
* All teachers in the district are involved in organizing community service learning projects within their classrooms.