In Other News…

On Tuesday the English as a Second Language, Entrepreneurship, and Writing in College classes took a field trip to the Daily Hampshire Gazette, a local newspaper. The students learned how a newspaper is made from start to finish and met some of the people involved in the process. The group met journalists, editors, photographers, and printers, and saw part of the actual newspaper printing process. The students also discussed the importance of the news and the impact it has on a community.

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Jediah, Becca S., Nia, Luke, Charbel, Arantxa, Claudine, Violette, Rebecca M., Nika, Humbert, and Entrepreneurship teacher Claire learn how a newspaper is made.

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Kenny, Luke, Charbel, Jediah, Humbert, Writing in College Teacher Henk, Arantxa, Claudine, Nika, Violette, Rebecca M., Entrepreneurship teacher Claire, Ruka, Nia, Arisa, Becca S., and Felix inside the newspaper offices.

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Everyone in front of the Daily Hampshire Gazette headquarters.

On Wednesday, staff and students engaged in some healthy competition with a staff vs. students soccer game. Although the staff edged out a victory, spectators and players on both sides had a great time.

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The student team.

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The staff team.

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Felix dodges staff member Meshia during an intense moment of the game.

Program Assistant Katie took several students on a tour of Amherst College’s Book and Plow Farm. Book and Plow farm produced 35,000 pounds of food for Valentine Dining Hall last year, and the students got an inside look at the farm’s sustainable production methods.

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Ruka, Charlie, and Kaori hang out with Book and Plow’s pigs, who eat the compost from the dining hall, returning valuable nutrients to the soil.

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Book and Plow’s pick-your-own community field, complete with beautiful flowers and delicious cherry tomatoes.

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Kaori among the black eyed susans.

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Kaori, Ruka, and Charlie with their handpicked bouquets.

It was a beautiful afternoon spent examining where our food comes from and the connections between farmers, communities, and healthy, sustainable food.

On Thursday, students and staff were able to participate in a professional yoga class to relax and find some inner peace before final night.

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Bessy, Lizzy, Kaori, Laila, and staff members Claudia, Ben, and Kelly stretch in cobra pose, led by the amazing Jamie Tancredi.

In the first week of the program, students painted flower pots and planted their very own Putney garden. Two weeks later, the garden is thriving, just like all of the friendships and connections we’ve cultivated over the course of the program.

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The first ever Putney garden, thriving under the care of students and staff.