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The founder of Rachel's Challenge, Darrell Scott, will present at St. Johnsbury Academy's Fuller Hall on Tuesday, August 26 at 7 pm. The event is free and open to the public. Rachel's Challenge is based on the writings and life of 17-year-old Rachel Scott, the first student killed at Columbine High School in 1999. Rachel's father and stepmother founded Rachel's Challenge soon after Rachel's death. The organization has shared Rachel's message of kindness and acceptance to over 21.5 million people, largely in presentations to middle and high schools.
Operation Creation is in full swing this week in St. Johnsbury. Teenagers in light-blue t-shirts are serving lunch and selling hardwood cutting boards at the Hilltopper Cafe, visiting area businesses, and volunteering three afternoons each week at the St. Johnsbury Community Farm.
The Summer Youth Corp (Operation Creation) is set to kick off its second year on July 14th. Thirty rising ninth graders from St. Johnsbury were selected to take part in the three-week program based on an application and interview.
This year's recipient of St. Johnsbury Academy's Northeast Kingdom Service Award was Dale Wells '64T of St. Johnsbury. The Northeast Kingdom Service Award is given annually to an SJA alum who has shown unselfish dedication and service to the continued improvement of the Northeast Kingdom.
St. Johnsbury Academy recently named the recipients of the annual Dwayne B. Sherrer Alumni Distinguished Service Award. This year, the school honored Bill Hanson and Pamela Burns Kocher, both from the class of 1964. They received their awards during their 50th reunion celebration.
St. Johnsbury Academy recently purchased a Ganesh GBM-2616 Heavy-Duty CNC Bed Type Milling Machine from Lyndon State College for its new Maker Space that will be housed in Streeter Hall. The Space build-out is being funded by a $100,000 gift from two families in China and will be available for student use beginning in the fall of 2014.

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