Storytelling at Seedlings

We’ve been treated to time with a special guest on Mondays here at Seedlings! Every month, Beth Tegart visits our students at both schools and shares incredible stories with them. Beth is a former children’s librarian who has been a storyteller for 25 years. She first met our students at one of our visits to the Bennington Museum and offered to come in once a month to engage our students in storytelling. Our students love her interactive stories and look forward to her visits! Thank you Beth for sharing your time and talents with us!

Volunteer Spotlight: Marianna

Meet Marianna!

Marianna began volunteering with us this past fall. She started out going to One World Conservation with us and now spends her Tuesday afternoons with our three first-grade boys at Bennington Elementary. Thank you for being an incredible addition to our team, Marianna!

How did you learn about volunteering for the Seedlings Program? 

Sue Andrews, Director of the Bennington Free Clinic recommended your project. 

What do you like best about serving with Seedlings?

I like the sincere team effort to promote healthy growth in young children. 

Do you have any advice for someone who is considering becoming a volunteer?

Listen, enjoy the children, learn from the children and fellow volunteers.

Anyone who is interested in joining our team of volunteers, please email Sarah at for more information. 

SVC Winter Visit

Last Thursday, both of our pods returned to visit Southern Vermont College!  This time we spent our afternoon in the Hunter Hall Atrium. Led by Audrey Ames, SVC Students who had chosen an alternative spring break (choosing to stay on campus and serve in the Bennington community) planned special activities for all of our students. Activities included team games outside, coloring, board games, and of course exploring the atrium! We are so thankful for our collaboration with Southern Vermont College and the opportunities we’ve had to bring our students to campus.

Volunteer Spotlight: Amanda

Meet Amanda! 

amanda-0231.jpgAmanda started with Seedlings this past fall and has volunteered at both Molly Stark and Ben El. She also went with us on our trips to One World Conservation Center. Thank you for the time you dedicate to our students Amanda!

Tell us how you first got involved with the Seedlings Program.

I went to my orientation for college and I saw the flier on the back table and it said I was able to work with kids. So I put my name on it in hopes of getting that email. I have always wanted to work with kids. Now I get to help them learn and grow a little. 

Tell us about a time that was especially meaningful for you as a volunteer at Seedlings.

This is definitely hard to choose a special time because every time I see them I feel lucky. But one memory that comes to mind is, when one of the girls saw us in the cafeteria waiting to start seedlings, she ran over and gave me and the other volunteer a hug and said: “this is my favorite place to be”. I’ll always remember that moment, it made me smile. 

If you could encourage someone else to volunteer with Seedlings, what would you say? 

If I was going encourage someone to join I would say, that it’s fun and exciting. You really get to know the kids and work with them. They are happy to see you’re there and want to spend time with you. There are sometimes when things get tough, but it’s all worth it because you get to spend time with these amazing children. 

Anyone who is interested in joining our team of volunteers, please email Sarah at for more information. 

Volunteer Spotlight: Jennifer

Meet Jennifer!

Jennifer began volunteering with Seedlings when our Molly Stark pod first started. She is such a valuable addition to our team at Molly Stark and we are so grateful for the time she has given to our students!


I love to volunteer at Seedlings because…

I love the joy of sharing myself with children and giving them the knowledge that they are special and unique.

Do you have a favorite moment at Seedlings that you would like to share? 

Mine is the moments of wonder, discovery about themselves, the ring of laughter and the helping of others.  No fixed moment but all these moments.

What do you wish others would know about Seedlings? 

How bonding with children in this positive way is so important to their well being now and something they can look back to and use in their future life situations.

Thank you for your dedication to our program, Jennifer!

Anyone who is interested in joining our team of volunteers, please email Sarah at for more information. 


Printmaking Ninjas!

All of our Seedlings students had a special visit to the print shop at Bennington College this past month! Students were able to participate in the printmaking process of lithography by rolling ink on a plate, running it through the press, and printing their very own stickers. The students used CMYK by mixing cyan, magenta, yellow and black to create all the colors of their designs.  A special thank you to local artist Michael Smoot for showing our Seedlings students around the print shop and helping them create their own prints!