Schools & Student Groups

These are the schools, libraries, and student groups we worked with in 2014/15. Click on a county name to view a list of partner schools in that county.

  • Addison County Homeschoolers
  • Cornwall Elementary School
  • Leicester Central School
  • Mt. Abraham Union Middle School
  • Vergennes Elementary School
  • Whiting Elementary School

  • Bennington Free Library
  • Long Trail School
  • Monument Elementary School
  • Woodford Hollow Elementary School
  • Burke School
  • Cobleigh Public Library
  • Danville School
  • Good Shepherd School
  • Hardwick Elementary
  • Miller’s Run School
  • Peacham Homeschool Program
  • St. Johnsbury Academy
  • The St. Johnsbury School
  • Sutton School
  • Waterford Elementary School
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  • Barnes Sustainability Academy
  • Browns River Middle School
  • Burlington High School
  • Champlain Elementary
  • Edmunds Middle School
  • Endeavor Middle School
  • Essex Middle School
  • Essex Tech
  • Jericho Town Library
  • JJ Flynn
  • Milton Elementary
  • Shelburne Farms – Renaissance School
  • St. Michaels Academy
  • Underhill
  • Williston Central School
  • Canaan School
  • Gilman School
  • Bellows Free Academy
  • BFA – St. Albans
  • Franklin Middle School
  • Missisquoi Union High School
  • St. Albans City Elementary
  • Swanton
  • YMCA Camp, Georgia

 

  • 4-H Homeschoolers
  • Grand Isle Elementary
  • Families Learning Together
  • Lamoille Valley Learning Together Program
  • Lanpher Library
  • Peoples Academy
  • Stowe Library

 

  • Blue Mountain
  • Newbury Elementary School

 

  • Albany Community School
  • Brownington Regional School
  • Coventry Village School
  • Lake Region Union High School
  • Newport Correctional Center
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  • Barstow Middle School
  • Brandon Public Library
  • Castleton Elementary School
  • Christ the King School
  • Clarendon Elementary School
  • Fay Honey Knopp School
  • Killington Elementary School
  • Lothrop Elementary School
  • Mill River Union High School
  • Mount Holly
  • Neshobe Elementary School
  • Northeast Elementary School (Rutland)
  • Northwest Elementary Tapestry Afterschool Program
  • Pittsford Elementary School
  • Proctor Elementary School
  • Roots and Wings Academy
  • Rutland Free Library
  • Rutland High School
  • Rutland Middle School
  • South Burlington High School
  • Stafford Tech Center
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  • Aldrich Library
  • Barre Town School
  • Cabot School
  • Crossett Brook Middle School
  • Harwood Union Middle/High School
  • Jaquith Public Library
  • Kellogg-Hubbard Library
  • Main Street Middle School
  • Montpelier High School
  • Moretown Elementary
  • Northfield Elementary School
  • Northfield High School
  • Northfield Middle School
  • Orchard Elementary School
  • Pacem School
  • Rumney Elementary
  • Twinfield Union
  • U-32 Middle/High School
  • Union Elementary School
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  • Bellows Falls Middle School
  • Brattleboro Union High School
  • Community House School
  • Dover Elementary
  • Dummerston School
  • Green Street School
  • Guilford Central School
  • Guilford Free Library
  • Jamaica Village School
  • Marlboro Elementary School
  • New Brook Elementary
  • Putney Central School
  • Vernon Public Library
  • Windham Regional Career Center
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  • Bethel Elementary School
  • Chester Homeschool Group
  • Mid Vermont Christian Academy
  • Reading Elementary School
  • Sharon Academy
  • Springfield Town Library
  • Union Street Elementary
  • Weathersfield Elementary School
  • Woodstock Elementary School
  • Woodstock Union Middle School

 

  • James Faulkner Elementary, Stoddard, New Hampshire

 

Organizations

We have recently collaborated with these folks on programs, initiatives, and events. Please visit their websites to learn more about the good work they do.

 

Here’s a map of the schools & groups we worked with during the 2014/15 school year:

Case Studies

Partnerships are what make our work possible. Every year VEEP works with many schools and organizations to create opportunities for learning about energy, in the classroom and beyond.

Below are some recent partnership case studies:

Cabot Partnership Fast Facts: 
Partner since: 2001
Number of students served: 500+
Energy Savings Gained: 10% reduction in school electricity use
Teacher Champions: Charlie Wanzer, Mike Crocker, Peter Stratman

Located about 20 miles northeast of Montpelier, on the edge of the Northeast Kingdom, Cabot is a rural farming community best known for the collective of dairy farms that share its name. The Cabot School sits close by the town green and is a center of community life. For a decade now, VEEP has worked with the teachers and students of the Cabot School to bring energy literacy into the classroom, with some remarkable results. As one teacher put it, the partnership has “deeply influenced the culture of energy use here at the school, as well as in the town.”

This partnership has been led by Charlie Wanzer, a high-school physics teacher who was the first at Cabot to bring VEEP into his classroom. “This is the best energy literacy program I know of at the middle and high school level,” says Charlie, because “the applied nature of VEEP’s program fills a critical gap.”

Over the years, Charlie has worked with VEEP to engage students in energy through hands-on projects. Cabot classes have build solar concentrators, created CO2 balloons the size of tractor trailers, replaced incandescent lightbulbs with compact fluorescents, and weatherized houses for local farmers. Peter Strathan, a teacher in the middle school, also has a passion for energy literacy and works with VEEP to get his students engaged in hands-on projects.

VEEP provides materials, curriculum amd training, and in-class workshops, helping Cabot’s teachers unlock the mysteries of energy and science. Core VEEP programs, such as the Electricity and the Environment presentation, have formed the foundation for more in-depth projects. Two Green Schools programs have resulted in lighting retrofits that have reduced the school’s annual electricity usage by 10% per year since 2003. More importantly, 10 years worth of Cabot students have had the opportunity to get engaged with energy and take leadership by promoting energy efficiency and renewable energy in their communities.

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Among the 120 students in the sixth-grade team at the Barre Elementary and Middle School, the VEEP Solar Challenge consistently ranks as the one of the top-rated units, and among the most remembered by returning students. This is according to teachers Maggie Bensen and Jody Leone, who have been partnering with VEEP to conduct the Solar Challenge every March since the early 1990s. In the Solar Challenge, student teams are all given the same task: to design and build a device that will increase the temperature of water using the sun’s energy. With ongoing training and materials support from VEEP, several generations of Barre teachers have learned and implemented this project, teaching thousands of students about renewable energy, physics, and the power of the sun.

In the Solar Challenge, students must calculate the temperature increase, cost effectiveness, and energy efficiency of their solar concentrators.  Understanding cost effectiveness helps students address real world concerns faced when making decisions to install renewable technologies in the homes or businesses, such as: Can I afford to put this in my house? Is it worth my investment? Most teams’ concentrators increased the temperature of the water, some to the boiling point.

What started with Maggie and Jody has been passed on to a new generation of Barre science and math teachers. Sherrie Singer and Matt Flynn have both received training in the Solar Challenge while at Barre and implemented it in their classrooms. Matt has taken the Solar Challenge with him to his next teaching assignment in the Roxbury schools.

Over the past several years, VEEP educator Laura MacLachlan and Castleton teacher Randi Ray have reached over 90 students in a collaborative approach to energy education.

Laura visited Randi’s fourth-grade class for the first time in 2014, to support a unit on energy, electricity, and circuits. It was a positive first contact. “Working with Randi Ray was a collaboration,” Laura reflects. “She gets the students prepped for the lesson and continues to build on VEEP’s contributions after I leave the classroom.”

Laura returned to Castleton in 2015 to present VEEP’s Electricity and the Environment workshop to Randi’s students. The workshop was again woven into the classroom curriculum — the fourth-graders took what they learned from VEEP and applied their new understanding to renewable plans they were working on.

Laura also led one of VEEP’s activities on wind, during which she and Randi guided two classes in designing, testing, and comparing pinwheels and wind-powered boats. The students got so immersed in the process of engineering design that when recess came, they stayed indoors and continued to work on optimizing their boats.

“I love working with her students because they are ENGAGED!” Laura says. “They can’t wait for me to begin. Their enthusiasm deepens everyone’s learning, including my own.”

When singer-songwriter Jon Gailmor got invited to do a music intensive on energy at Twinfield Union School in 2014, the science teachers weren’t quite sure what to do. But, with VEEP’s help, this unlikely partnership developed into a highly successful project, giving more than 70 students in grades 3–5 a hands-on (and voices-on!), interconnected energy education experience.

Twinfield physics teacher Charlie Wanzer, Green Team champion and long-time collaborator with VEEP, brought Gailmor in to lead the four-day intensive with the middle and elementary classes as part of the Whole School Energy Challenge, thinking that science lesson plans could be coordinated with the visit. VEEP educator Erin Malloy stepped in to help work out the details.

“I talked to teachers and asked, ‘What are you teaching? What do you want to teach?’ Erin recalls. “They said, ‘Well, we’d really love to do heat transfer.’ I said, ‘OK! We can do that.’”

Erin created customized, hands-on lessons for the third and fourth grades, adapting activities from VEEP’s Solar Challenge curricula to fit the needs of the classes, and also brought in the Button Up presentation, fitting with the theme of heat. She also led the Electricity & the Environment workshop and Renewables by Design workshop with the fifth and sixth grades.

Not all teachers were on board with the idea of having to tailor their lessons to the music residency at first, Erin recalls, but the response was overwhelmingly positive after her visit.

“There’s one teacher who’s told me, ‘You can come in whenever you want and teach whatever you want — you’re awesome!’” Erin says with a laugh.

Twinfield, now in its fourth year as a Whole School Energy Challenge school, continues to be an innovative partner in energy education, helping pilot new VEEP curricula and workshops while still deepening the whole school’s involvement with energy issues through WSEC.