Education Notes

Sundays: Free flag football for kids

The CVU Redhawks Football team, in partnership with the CSSU Buccaneers Youth Football Program, is offering a free flag football program for area youths in grades 2-7 through April in the gym at CVU. Tenth grader Jack ZuWallack is coordinating this year’s program for his Eagle Scout project with Williston Troop 692.

FlagFootball@CVU is a pick-up style football program held every Sunday in March and April from 3:30-5 p.m. Coached by Redhawks football players and supervised by CVU Redhawks football coaches, participants play in a non-contact indoor football game comprised of four to seven players per team. The program is free and open to anyone in second through seventh grades, regardless of town of residence. More information, and a waiver form (which must be brought to the gym on the first Sunday participating) are available online at: The program is co-sponsoered by CVU Redhawks Football and the CSSU Buccaneers Youth Football Program. More information is also available at

College info session for students with IEP or
504 plans

High school students, families, counselors, and educators from across Vermont are invited to attend a session on Thursday, March 30, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. at South Burlington High School to discuss the transition to college. This information session will include college support professionals, current college students and parents will present and discuss their experiences. As a student on a IEP or 504 plan there are additional considerations to take into account when making the transition from high school to a four-year college, community college, trade or vocational school. This evening program will help you navigate this process with more ease and confidence so that you feel prepared to get the support you need to be successful after high school.

CVU students
participate in Howard Center curling challenge

Four Champlain Valley students participated in Howard Center’s Eighth Annual Curling Challenge fundraiser on March 11 at Cairns Arena. Their team, “The Ice Hawks,” included Colin Lach, Maxwell Pudvar, William Ravell and Nate Shanks.

This year’s event raised more than $43,000.

The Green Mountain Curling Club and Rutland Rocks Curling Club provided instruction and equipment for all participants. In addition to competing for a gold medal, teams vie for other prizes—best team name, best costume and best team spirit, as well as top fundraising prizes.

Money raised from the event will support some of the essential Howard Center programs that help individuals and families in our community, including 24/7/365 crisis services, residential programs, specialized schools, street outreach and substance use treatment and recovery. This year’s event featured 30 teams from the community, competing for prizes throughout the day. Colchester High School, Essex High School, and Rice Memorial High School also fielded teams.

CVU hosts county’s spring college fair

The 17th Annual Spring College Fair at Champlain Valley Union High School takes place Monday, April 3 from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. College representatives from across the New England, Mid-Atlantic, and Midwest regions and Canada will be available to speak with both students and parents.

Representatives from schools that offer four-year, two-year, and one-year certificate programs will be in attendance.

Students and parents have the opportunity to talk directly with the college representatives who may be the same people who read their applications come fall. Area students and parents, not just from CVU, are invited to take advantage of this unique opportunity. Nine area high schools will be busing students in to attend this important event. The fair is free and all students and parents from surrounding communities are welcome to attend. For more information, call Garrath Higgins at 482-7137 or email