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posted Oct 28, 2013, 8:12 AM by Diane Randall   [ updated Oct 28, 2013, 8:15 AM ]
“There is magic in the feel of a paddle and the movement of a canoe, a magic compounded of distance, adventure, solitude and peace. The way of the canoe is the way of the wilderness and of a freedom almost forgotten. It is an antidote to insecurity, the open door to waterways of ages past and a way of life with profound and abiding satisfactions. When a person is part of a canoe, he is part of all that canoes have ever known.”
Sigurd Olson

Welcome To Fall! It seems as though this is what Vermont is all about. In the last couple of weeks, Leicester School’s first through sixth graders have taken advantage of a couple of beautiful fall days to go to the Chittenden Reservoir.  We were divided up into “teams” and boarded canoes for an excursion on the reservoir. The view was spectacular and being out on the water with all of the kids made for two great days.
As I was paddling along, I thought about what a lesson in teamwork this whole trip was about. In each canoe, each person had to rely on each other. The paddler in the back had to work in concert with the person in the front; the person in the middle was responsible for stabilizing the boat. The child had to rely on the adult but the adult had to also rely on the child. We were responsible for each other. When one boat was having difficulty maneuvering, another boat came to assist. It was truly incredible to see the students and adults working and relying on each other.
It is my hope that the children enjoyed their adventure. I also would like for that experience to extend to our school. We are tasked with educating our students, not only in academics, but also in character building and working together as a team. We, as a school, are always modeling kindness to each other, respect for each other, and a genuine caring for each other. As we “paddle” along throughout our school year, these values will be held just as high as academic achievement. Enjoy the Fall! 
                                                                                                                                                   Mr. Corey