Word on the Street

Word on the Street…

…is where you can read our unfolding story – all the latest goings-on, accomplishments and activities happening inside & outside of King Street Center.

2020 Roxane Leopold Scholarship Winners


King Street Center is distributing a total of $11,000 to 7 scholarship winners as they begin their academic year in college. The Roxane Leopold Scholarship was established upon the retirement - and in recognition - of long-time King Street Center Executive Director, Roxane Leopold. She served in this leadership role from 1985 to 2007 and was dedicated to improving

2020 Roxane Leopold Scholarship Winners2020-08-13T21:06:53-04:00

“Our skin is like wrapping paper.”


From the desk of Myle Truong, Toddler Teacher in cooperation with co-teacher Raya Berenback and Early Care Advocate, Emily Hammond Part 1 In light of all that is happening in the world, there have been many questions that have surfaced to us as classroom teachers. Such as, “How soon do you start teaching children about diversity?” and, “How can

“Our skin is like wrapping paper.”2020-08-03T12:01:33-04:00

Where the Wild Things Are – King Street Center’s Tape Monster


From the Preschool Classroom at King Street Center Written by Emily LaMothe, Preschool Teacher Created together with Daisy Culkins and Rosie Czech, Preschool Teachers Before re-opening our doors in mid June 2020, we knew we had to make many changes to our preschool curriculum and classroom space to incorporate new physical distancing guidelines. One of the many changes we

Where the Wild Things Are – King Street Center’s Tape Monster2020-07-14T21:44:32-04:00

Black Lives Matter Flag Raising


On Thursday, July 9, King Street Center kids, staff, families, and Board members gathered to hang the Black Lives Matter flag. In an informal ceremony, Vicky Smith, Executive Director, welcomed the group and invited others to speak if so moved. Below are rough transcriptions of the remarks. During one of the speeches, an individual from across the street yelled

Black Lives Matter Flag Raising2020-07-23T10:01:45-04:00

Bookshelf Love


Together, Education Director, Deena Murphy, and Early Education Director, Stacy Weinberger, curated a list of books to brighten up King Street Center's bookshelves. We believe it's important for kids to see themselves on the pages of the books they read. Will you help to add to the stacks? If you are making a gift in honor of a loved

Bookshelf Love2020-06-22T09:31:57-04:00

KidsVT highlights JC Wayne and the Superhero 6


"Last summer, poet and educator JC Wayne began working with a small group of elementary school kids at King Street Center in Burlington. Wayne, the creator of the Poartry Project, and the group of students went for nature walks along Lake Champlain — with journals and art supplies in tow — engaging their observational and listening skills, and creating

KidsVT highlights JC Wayne and the Superhero 62020-07-22T16:06:04-04:00

A letter from Vicky Smith in response to racial injustice


Dear King Street Center friends,   We condemn the recent murders of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, and mourn the many precious lives lost over the years at the hands of an unjust and racist system. At King Street Center, we've been examining our own practices, programs, environment, and integrating this learning into our ongoing strategic plan. While we are

A letter from Vicky Smith in response to racial injustice2020-06-05T15:29:09-04:00

Racial Injustice: Resources


Recent events have sparked parents, volunteers, and staff to grasp for expert advice on how to think, learn, and talk about racial discrimination, bias, community conflict and violence. The resources are truly endless. But, here are few selected by King Street Center staff that we hope may be of help: 27 Books to Help You Talk to Your Kids

Racial Injustice: Resources2020-06-03T16:45:10-04:00

A message to King Street Center staff from Board Chair, Anna Grady


May 28, 2020 Hello to King Street’s Dynamo Staff: Who would have ever imagined that, this week, you would be racking your brains on what kind of face masks to use, how to have fun with “social distancing”, how to sanitize legos, and how to safely and effectively welcome families back after an unexpected and rather scary 3 months

A message to King Street Center staff from Board Chair, Anna Grady2020-05-28T15:29:29-04:00

Covid Connection: Mentors Keep in Touch


From the desk of Gabriella Tufo Strouse, Community Outreach Director Experts tells us that maintaining "connection" is one of the most important factors for kids during this pandemic in order to maintain some semblance of social emotional health. This is true for adults as well as youth. I am fortunate to enjoy professional and personal friendships with mentoring coordinators

Covid Connection: Mentors Keep in Touch2020-04-30T14:13:10-04:00
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