PUTNEY - If you ever want to get a jolt of inspiration or have your faith in mankind renewed, just take a look at what some young Vermonters can accomplish when working on a common community goal.
In the case of the seventh and eighth grade students at the private Putney Grammar School, they worked together to mount this year's spring musical special, titled "Once on this Island..."
Students on stage and behind the scenes at the pre- through eighth-grade school helped generate needed funds to meet a shortfall at Putney Family Services.
Students were determined to help the local agency when they learned it needed financial support. Actually, it turns out such assistance is a tradition at the little rural school.
The students, with the help of teachers and parents, organized a unique South Seas musical - and its prime focus was to aid the family services agency.
More than 130 people from around the area attended the benefit performance last week. In addition to the play, students raised added funds via food sales.
In the end, the "Island..." production raised $1,055 for PFS's discretionary fund. How sweet is that?
Eighth-grade instructor Laurie Fichter said, "The students support each other and work long and hard to make the musical as powerful as it can be, with the result that they feel successful and professional. The Putney Family Services benefit creates an added incentive for them to present their best work."
Announced during the week of the musical, Jamie Lumley, an eighth grader at the school, received the Elaine Dixon Award for community service and citizenship. The award was presented by Eva Mondon, Paul LeVasseur, and Peter Dixon.
Showing such compassion, along with student leadership recognition, comes at the ideal time for the grammar school. This year, the school is celebrating its 50th anniversary.