Thank you Chris and the Bennington Free Library!

Bennington Free Library’s Youth Services Librarian for the past 20 years, Chris Poggi, has played a tremendous role in our community programming.

Each month Chris dedicated her time to Seedlings by either welcoming our crew to the children’s space at the library or coming to the schools to share wonderful stories with our students.

Thank you for the time you have dedicated to our students, Chris! We wish you much happiness on your new adventure in your retirement.

Thank you One World Conservation Center!

Seedlings expanded community connections this fall through a collaboration with OWCC. Thanks to a grant from the Bennington Garden Club and support from OWCC director, Holly Betit, our third and fourth-graders spent nine sessions learning about the local ecosystem. Visits included exploring the Greenberg Reserve, viewing live Birds of Prey and going on scavenger hunts.

Holiday Cheer

To celebrate the holiday season, parties were held at both elementary schools this year. Family members of our students joined in on our celebrations as well! A highlight of the party was our photo booth! Students and family members shared in the fun by choosing different holiday props to deck out in.

Students and their families also decorated cookies in the shape of ninjas, played pin-the-heart on the Grinch, and built wooden snowmen! A special thank you to Ramunto’s Pizza for their generous pizza donation on both days!

At the end of the parties, each student received a holiday box filled with healthy treats and goodies generously donated by our incredible volunteers. We are very grateful to everyone who supported the Seedlings Program this holiday season!



Volunteer Spotlight: Mary

Join us as we celebrate our incredible Seedlings volunteers through our volunteer spotlight series!

Meet Mary!

Mary has been a volunteer with Seedlings since the beginning of our program at Bennington Elementary. She is an extraordinary member of the Seedlings team and we are so thankful to have her!

Tell me how you first got involved with Seedlings.

I heard about a proposed idea called Seedlings. I thought it was about plants, so I looked up more info and talked with Jeannie Jenkins. Our church was also thinking about an after school program so we met with Jeannie and decided to join forces with her and her idea.

How would you describe Seedlings to someone who was interested in volunteering?

It is an opportunity to help disadvantaged kids – to show them love and give them extra attention and expand their horizons. With tutors, it is also a chance for them to get some extra learning time.

I love to volunteer at Seedlings because…

I have gotten to know some of these kids and their families over the 3+ years of Seedlings and I care about them. I love to see them change and grow, learning to cooperate and to care for one another.

For all you bring to our program, we thank you, Mary!

Anyone who is interested in joining our team of volunteers, please email Sarah at for more information. 

Birds of Prey Presentation at One World Conservation Center

Every Tuesday this fall, our 3rd and 4th-graders visit One World Conservation Center as a part of our community programming. Students have spent their afternoons exploring the Greenberg Reserve and learning about the local ecosystem.

Last week, our students were treated to a special presentation by Mike Clough from the Southern Vermont Natural History Museum on Birds of Prey. Mike brought along a turtle, owl, hawk and a snake for everyone to see up close. The students loved learning more about these animals and had many questions for Mike! A special thank you to Holly at One World for all of her support in this collaboration!

Southern Vermont College Visit

Seedlings students had a blast last week when they visited Southern Vermont College for a fun afternoon with the Student Athletic Committee. Lead by the Head Coach of the Women’s Basketball team, Christian Gowan, and joined by SVC athletes, Seedlings students participated in several games and activities. The students loved playing dodgeball, stomp the balloon, and crab soccer. Many of the Seedlings students left asking when they could return again. We are very grateful to everyone at SVC who made this visit possible! Thank you especially to our board member, Betsy Dunham, who arranged everything!

Welcome to Seedlings, Lauren!


Say hello to our new Fall Intern, Lauren!

“Hello! My name is Lauren and I am from Kent, Connecticut. I am a senior at Southern Vermont College studying Business and Psychology. I am doing an internship with The Seedlings Program this Fall and can’t wait to work with this amazing program as I have heard many good things about it!”

Welcome Sarah!

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We have a new VISTA! Welcome to Seedlings, Sarah!

“Hi! My name is Sarah Truax and I’m from Michigan. In college, I studied Economics and International Development and had the opportunity to study in Romania, Ghana, and Uganda. Since middle school, I have been heavily involved in service organizations and I love giving back to my community. An internship with my local Ronald McDonald House in college sparked my interest in the nonprofit field. I am extremely excited to work with the Seedlings Program this year, and I am looking forward to making Bennington my new home.”

Holidays with Seedlings

For this holiday season we had parties at each school. Students decorated cookies and enjoyed pizza with their families.

Each student was also able to take home a holiday box filled with treats and goodies. This was all donated to the Seedlings Program by our wonderful volunteers and a couple of generous people. We are very grateful for the people that serve the Seedlings Program!