Gazebo for website

Outdoor Learning Area Sees Boost Thanks to VEC Community Fund Grant

September 18, 2018

Johnson, VT – A new outdoor learning area for the students of Jay/Westfield Elementary School, located at the Jay Community Recreational Centre (property owned by the Town of Jay) got a financial boost through a recent donation from the Vermont Electric Cooperative’s Community Fund.

The VEC Community Fund – supported solely through contributions from VEC members who choose to participate by donating their patronage capital, or rounding up their electric bills and donating the difference – is intended to strengthen the community by supporting organizations that promote community development and economic security. The concept underscores a basic cooperative principle of neighbor-helping-neighbor.

This VEC Community Fund grant of $750 was one of several donations supporting the construction of the learning area (a component of which is the pictured gazebo) to support the goal of “no child left inside” and improving children’s health and fostering generations of children to care for an protect nature. The outdoor learning center will have rain or shine sessions loosely structured to allow both teachers and students to see what nature will teach them on any given day. VEC made the grant to the Jay Community Recreational Centre, which is managing the project.