While our Farther Foundation sponsored students jetted off around the world to participate in life changing programs in Paraguay, Tanzania, Vietnam and beyond, Farther Foundation founder and President, David Weindling and his family were packing up the van for a road trip to Maine.
We enjoyed a great vacation with plenty of family, hiking, canoeing and lobster, but one of the trip highlights was an overnight stop at the Putney School in Vermont.
Putney School offers a summer arts program for high school students on their beautiful campus nestled in the hills of southern Vermont. In its very first year, 2009, Farther Foundation provided a scholarship to a wonderful student, Natasha, to spend the summer at Putney. At the end of the summer, Tom Howe, the director of the Putney School summer program told us, “The teachers are encouraging me to invite Tasha to return for the summer of 2010 as a member of our Staff in Training. Tasha helped shape the character and culture of the summer. She completely embraced being at Putney and we would love to have her back.”
I had the pleasure to meet with Tom earlier this year when he was in Chicago and I mentioned my family’s upcoming trip to Maine. As luck would have it, The Putney School was practically on our route and Tom invited the whole family to visit. In a second stroke of luck, our visit coincided with the end of their summer session and the students had set up an exhibit of their works throughout the halls and galleries of the school for the student show that evening, and the arrival of their parents the following morning.
We were treated to a terrific variety of works including painting, sculpture, jewelry, glass and textile crafts, live and animated film projects, photography, metallurgy and more. The students displayed a great sense of community and eagerly told us about their craft and their time at Putney that summer.
We keep in close contact with our scholarship recipients and so we know about the quality of the programs in which they participate and the great impact the experiences have on their lives. But, it was a special thrill to get to visit Putney School, see the young people immersed in their experience and know that their confidence, hopes and aspirations have all changed for the better.
Farther Foundation was formed to help students break free from the constraints of poverty and gain experiences that propel them toward their highest aspirations. We provide opportunities for eager and deserving students to travel worldwide and interact with individuals who have diverse backgrounds and experiences. They participate in programs where they are immersed in new cultures and experiences, learn and develop skills, provide community service, cultivate leadership potential and attain personal growth.
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Farther Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization providing scholarships to low-income students to inspire them to reach their highest aspirations through educational travel experiences.