Posts Tagged ‘education’

Charlotte Central School prides itself on creating a positive learning environment. This past year, they implemented a school-wide “Be the Change” program, building upon that call-to-action. “Be the Change” was about recognizing that students’ positive behavior not only affects us as individuals, but has a positive impact on the school and the greater community. Throughout the 2016-17 school year, a student’s positive action was acknowledged by a penny. Pennies were…

Categories: Children, Donations, Education, Events, Families, Fundraisers, Homelessness, Volunteers
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Are you ready to “Book it to the Walk“? Register today! And, invite your friends and family to join you: www.classy.org/cotswalk2016. The COTS Walk is our largest event each year to raise funding to support services and increase understanding about homelessness. Our fundraising goal this year: $200,000! Through the support of our sponsors, all the money raised by walkers goes directly to services. This year’s COTS Walk theme centers around…

Categories: Advocacy, Children, Donations, Events, Fundraisers, Homeless Prevention, Homelessness
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COTS is proud to honor the University of Vermont – and the many partnerships COTS has with individual schools and departments. First, we would like to thank the College of Education & Social Services. For the past three years, students in the Early Childhood Special Education Program, under the coordination of assistant professor Jennifer Hurley, have worked with children in COTS family shelters. The families in shelter know them as Club…

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When COTS launched the #172vt Campaign, it was designed to be a call to action. And, boy, was it! From across the community, students answered the call to help children who were facing the crisis of homelessness. They did so in creative and different ways – from a concert at The Spot, to lemonade stands and car washes, from Catchy Cards at farmers’ markets, to collection drives. Their efforts were…

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My name is Shelby, and I am a student at Big Picture South Burlington, an alternative high school. My  program gives me the opportunity to learn through real world experiences and my passions. After briefly learning about homelessness in the Boston and Burlington communities, I decided to take action, and gain as much knowledge I could about the subject in an effort to destroy apathy. I am now an intern…

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With the support of trained staff, our Vermont Housing and Conservation Board (VHCB), and AmeriCorps Family Programming Specialist, COTS works with children and parents in the shelter to ensure success in school, promote children’s healthy social, emotional and physical development, and strengthen family relationships.  Volunteers provide evening respite care in our playroom, planning activities, help with homework and read stories with kids. The COTS Children’s Education Advocate works with schools…

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With the giving season approaching and the holidays sneaking up on us, now is the perfect time to get the word out on what sorts of in-kind donations (gifts of goods and services) COTS accepts.   At COTS, we believe in the dignity of every human life. For many people, living with dignity means taking pride in the things they use and own. Be it a fresh, clean pillow for…

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When you think homeless, what is the first face you see? Take a moment and answer honestly. Did you think of a young woman living in poverty and trying to raise her infant child? Did you think of an elderly veteran who suffers from PTSD and lives in chronic pain from a wartime injury? Did you think of an entire family that encountered challenges in the recession and lost their…

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Champlain College Convocation, August 23, 2013 COTS Executive Director Rita Markley’s keynote address (Champlain College has honored Rita with the 2013 Distinguished Citizen Award.) I am so honored to receive this award and be here with you today. (And what a great occasion excuse to wear these fabulous oversized sunglasses. Just in case you’re wondering, I did not inherit these from Jackie Onassis. I know how rumors get started so…

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Getting out into the community and connecting with people who want to learn more about what we do is one of my favorite parts about being the Community Outreach Specialist at COTS. We have a robust Speaker’s Bureau, which means that anyone can reach out to schedule a guest speaker from COTS to talk to their school, business, or community organization. Members of our Bureau include COTS staff members, seasoned…

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