Community of Concern
Founded in the year 2000, Community of Concern has provided family activities to benefit the community of the Northeast Kingdom. In addition, it provides educational supports on the subject of substance abuse prevention. It is made up of volunteers from St. Johnsbury Academy and several members of the local community.
The projects that the Community of Concern provide to the Northeast Kingdom include:
New Year's Eve in St. Johnsbury
The Academy sponsors family activities at St. Johnsbury Academy's Field House. These activities include family focused fun and games for all ages. The attendance for this event is over 1,200 people!
The Northeast Kingdom Book Read
Each fall, the Academy sponsors a book written by a Vermont author and provides up to 400 books to families, schools and libraries at no cost. The Academy also sponsors readers to attend an Author's Night to meet the authors of the books. Over the years the books have included, The God of Beer by Garret Keizer, The Revealers, by Doug Wilhelm, Witness, by Karen Hesse, The Same Stuff as Stars, by Katherine Paterson, and As Long As There Are Mountains, by Natalie Kinsey-Warnock.
Moving into its seventh year, the Community Book Read's mission is to promote healthy family activities, such as reading and sharing. for additional information, please contact Sarah Garey, Academy Director of Health and Wellness at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Series for Children's Performing Arts
Once a month during the school year, the Academy sponsors the Friday Night Show. This includes an artist and pizza dinner. This program has become very successful over time and children have been exposed to a variety of performers.
The Unsung Hero Community Dinner
In early spring, the Academy co-sponsors a free community dinner with the Vermont Blue Cross. Students take part in a cooking-for- life program where they learn to cook for their families and then for the Community Dinner. The Community Dinner is free to anyone in the Northeast Kingdom (with a limit of 300 people for space). At this dinner, the Community of Concern recognizes the volunteer efforts of people in our community who might otherwise go unrecognized for their efforts in making the Kingdom a better place to live.