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The Village School (Millers River Educational Cooperative, Inc.)

 On the Common, PO Box 122, 253 S. Royalston Rd
 Royalston, MA 01368
[P] (978) 2493505
[F] (978) 5751286
www.villageschoolma.org
[email protected]
Rise Richardson
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INCORPORATED: 1992
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EIN 04-3065810

LAST UPDATED: 11/28/2017
Organization DBA The Village School
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years No

Summary

Mission StatementMORE »

PRESCHOOL, K-12, AND ADULT EDUCATION

The Millers River Educational Cooperative (MREC) is an educational non profit organization dedicated to meeting the challenge of developing and providing continuous well rounded education, from early childhood to late adulthood in central Massachusetts and the North Quabbin area.   MREC’s main operation is the Village School, an independent elementary school in Royalston, Massachusetts serving children in preschool, kindergarten, and grades 1-6, in north central Massachusetts, with the aim of offering a unique curriculum based on challenging hands-on academics, direct contact with the natural world, and kindness.     MREC owns the 55 acre Camp Caravan property in Royalston, with current construction there for the new building that would serve as a permanent home for the Village School, and enhance all school programs.

Mission Statement

PRESCHOOL, K-12, AND ADULT EDUCATION

The Millers River Educational Cooperative (MREC) is an educational non profit organization dedicated to meeting the challenge of developing and providing continuous well rounded education, from early childhood to late adulthood in central Massachusetts and the North Quabbin area.   MREC’s main operation is the Village School, an independent elementary school in Royalston, Massachusetts serving children in preschool, kindergarten, and grades 1-6, in north central Massachusetts, with the aim of offering a unique curriculum based on challenging hands-on academics, direct contact with the natural world, and kindness.     MREC owns the 55 acre Camp Caravan property in Royalston, with current construction there for the new building that would serve as a permanent home for the Village School, and enhance all school programs.


FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year July 01, 2014 to June 30, 2015
Projected Income $510,000.00
Projected Expense $499,000.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • MREC Summer Seminar Programs
  • the Village School
  • The Village School Music Program
  • The Village School Summer Program
  • Village School Scholarship Program

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

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Overview

Mission Statement

PRESCHOOL, K-12, AND ADULT EDUCATION

The Millers River Educational Cooperative (MREC) is an educational non profit organization dedicated to meeting the challenge of developing and providing continuous well rounded education, from early childhood to late adulthood in central Massachusetts and the North Quabbin area.   MREC’s main operation is the Village School, an independent elementary school in Royalston, Massachusetts serving children in preschool, kindergarten, and grades 1-6, in north central Massachusetts, with the aim of offering a unique curriculum based on challenging hands-on academics, direct contact with the natural world, and kindness.     MREC owns the 55 acre Camp Caravan property in Royalston, with current construction there for the new building that would serve as a permanent home for the Village School, and enhance all school programs.


Background Statement

In the spring of 1989, a group of farmers, parents, scientists, writers, and local business people met over a period of time and, in the end, said YES! to a new, (and at the same time, very old fashioned) model of education. We recognized the need for balance in education, for the physical body, the emotional life, and the mental capacities to work together in harmony, through a direct connection to the earth. We saw the need for children to be part of a community connected to farming, forestry stewardship, and nature conservation. We formed the Millers River Educational Cooperative, Inc. (M.R.E.C.) and opened the Village School as a small preschool in September 1989. The Village School grew as other parents, teachers, and community members connected to the vision of the school and became involved in its operation. Today the Village School offers a comprehensive and tested preschool through 6th grade education for 60 students from the local area.  Millers River Educational Cooperative offers programs for adults at the Camp Caravan location down the road.  In summer 2018, the Village School will move into its new building on the Camp Caravan campus.

Impact Statement

 This is the Village School's 28th year, amazing for a grass roots organization located in a rural area.This year we have a record student enrollment of 55 children.   This year, the school has awarded a record amount of financial aid (over $70,000!).  And the school has raised a record amount, over $44,000 for it's Annual Fund.  Graduating students have been accepted to Northfield/Mt. Hermon School, Cushing Academy, the Winchendon School, Columbia University, Bard College, Marlboro College, Berklee College of Music, Yale, Harvard and all the state schools.

Millers River Educational Cooperative (MREC) has also rehabbed and retrofitted a number of old buildings at the Camp Caravan property, its future campus and center.  A major 35x60 auditorium building has been saved, with a new foundation, a new roof, new porches and refinished floors.  A dormitory building has been rehabbed, for students staying overnight for summer seminars.  New roofs have been installed on most of the old buildings.
 
The school has grown steadily and has outgrown its ancient rented town school building.  Construction has begun on the new building at Camp Caravan, to be the permanent home of the Village School.  We move in August 2018.
 
Along with the new building goal, our goal is to raise funds to rehab all the old buildings at Camp Caravan, up to code, so they can be used for a variety of uses by the public, including educational activities for children and adults. Some buildings have already been saved, by fixing foundations and installing new roofs.  Rehab for all the old remaining buildings is $250K.  That will include the only handicap accessible public assembly building in the town of Royalston. 

Needs Statement

1.Financial aid funding.  Presently, need based financial aid is funded directly out of operations.  We welcome grants for financial aid, particularly because the school is located in a poor rural area, with some of the highest rates of teen pregnancy and adoption.  Increased financial aid makes it possible to have a truly diverse student population, and to serve the local children who would benefit most from our type of education.  We welcome grants to be used specifically for financial aid.
2.  Capital campaign.  The school is in the last year of a lease of an overcrowded old school building.  We are building a new home for the school at Camp Caravan, down the road. Having raised over $900,000, we are seeking $300,000 to complete the project by this summer.
3.  Funding to rehab the remaining buildings at Camp Caravan, which will be the center of all its activities, once the buildings are habitable.   Total rehab costs for the remaining buildings are $250K.
 

CEO Statement

The Village School is all about enabling children to develop all their capacities fully – mentally, emotionally, and physically. Love of learning, instilled at the Village School at a very young age, flourishes as students engage in strong academic studies that are enhanced and supported by art, music, movement and a dynamic contact with nature. Village School students are inquisitive, self-directed learners, who actively engage in the world around them. The education here is a value added education; children learn Spanish, learn to play recorder, go swimming, work with scientists and artists - what would be after school lessons in other school - is incorporated in the daily curriculum, without compromising academic learning.  In fact, it enhances academic learning.                                Our school is known for kindness, for connecting children to nature, and for celebrating each student's uniqueness.

 In the words of Village School graduate, Eliza Holmes, 02', "The Village School ignited our desire to learn. From the first day, we were encouraged to find topics, ideas and objects that fascinated us and explore them, bring them into the classroom and let them feed our academics. The teacher and student team formed a community where learning was simply the most vital thing you could be engaged in.”
 Our school is not situated in the typical suburban setting of an independent school.  We are truly serving this area, with many lower income families who want the education offered by the Village School.  Because we serve lower income families, the tuition is much lower than comparable independent schools, and we strive to raise over $70,000 in our Annual Fund to provide financial aid to needy families and not turn any students away.
We strive to be a learning community, serving this local area of old factories and fewer working farms, turning out students who also turn to a life of service.
 

Board Chair Statement

We began as a grass roots organization and are still very connected to our roots.  Our parents are passionate supporters and advocates of the school, seeing that it nourishes their children so they bloom and flourish.  We are very small;  with no outside funding, (and no alumni who can support us -yet!) we survive with the enthusiastic support of parents and friends, and with our belief that learning can be compelling, rewarding and never ending.  The world needs more schools and places like this, where learning comes first, and bureaucracy second.

Geographic Area Served

Central Massachusetts Region
We serve Northwest Worcester County and Northeast Franklin County, including the North Quabbin region..

Organization Categories

  1. Education - Primary & Elementary Schools
  2. Education - Adult Education
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Independent research has been conducted on this organization's theory of change or on the effectiveness of this organization's program(s)

No

Programs

MREC Summer Seminar Programs

Millers River Educational Cooperative (MREC) offers Summer Seminar Programs for adults at Camp Caravan in Royalston.  These programs are varied, some in meditation, some in dance movement, some in gardening, and some in education.  Adults can stay at Camp Caravan for a week, and are provided with food and housing, along with the program experience.  For many, it is a retreat, and a chance to recharge in nature, away from cell phones and busy city life.  Programs focus on peace and quiet and inner space.
Budget  15000 to 45000
Category  Education, General/Other Adult Education
Population Served Adults
Program Short-Term Success  Attendees of summer seminars can take what they have learned and use it in their lives, and/or use it in working with students.
Program Long-Term Success  Success would mean a full calendar of programs at Camp Caravan, from April through November.  Also, MREC viewed as a great source of great programs for teachers.
Program Success Monitored By  Success would be monitored by input and surveys of attendees, over time.
Examples of Program Success  More organizations are asking to do seminars at Camp Caravan, and current seminars fill up very quickly.  Many attendees are repeat attendees.  Attendees have written us and told us that these seminars were life changing experiences.

the Village School

This is the full elementary school program for children in Preschool to 6th grade, serving north central Massachusetts.  The program is hands-on learning, project based, challenging academics, with lots of contact with nature and the outdoors.  As an independent school, parents pay tuition, and there is a financial aid program.
Budget  475,000
Category  Education, General/Other Elementary & Secondary Education
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Infants to Preschool (under age 5) Children Only (5 - 14 years)
Program Short-Term Success  Increased community presence.
Program Long-Term Success  Students have a meaningful education that launches them as lifelong learners.  They return to the school as alumni volunteers and teachers, excited to to pass on their love of learning to the next generation.
Program Success Monitored By  Increased enrollment.
Examples of Program Success  Enrollment has grown over the last 10 years, from 22 to 54 full time students.

The Village School Music Program

The Village School Music Program serves both enrolled Village School students, and students from the surrounding areas.  There is an 'in-house' program that teaches recorder and music to all students, including private lessons.  There is also an after school program that provides individual and group lessons to any local children, in a variety of instruments.
Budget  20,000
Category  Education, General/Other Elementary & Secondary Education
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years) Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Infants to Preschool (under age 5)
Program Short-Term Success  Children are launched on the road to music literacy and instrument mastery.
Program Long-Term Success  Long term success would be a far reaching instrument program that includes a full string program, and a number of ensembles and a small band or orchestra.  It would also include a full Suzuki piano and violin program.
Program Success Monitored By  Success is judged by continued increased enrollment and by how many children continue their pursuit of music, either as their chosen instrument, or as a field or profession.
Examples of Program Success  We have gone from an 'in-house' program to one that offers music lessons after school, also, to the general student population.  More and more children are enrolling, and are sticking with their chosen instruments.

The Village School Summer Program

The Village School Summer Program offers programs by the week, for day students, for children from the local area.  There is a Nature Arts and Play program for Early Childhood, there is an Art and Science program for ages 7 and older, and Woodworking for Children, for ages 8 and older. All are hands-on programs, all outdoors (weather permitting), with professional artists, scientists and woodworkers!
Budget  15,000
Category  Education, General/Other Elementary & Secondary Education
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years) Infants to Preschool (under age 5)
Program Short-Term Success  children become engaged in science learning, and hands-on education, and see themselves as learners.
Program Long-Term Success  Children are inspired from these programs to explore science, art, environmental education, and woodworking as career options.
Program Success Monitored By  success would be judged by children who return to the program each year, word of mouth in the surrounding community, and attendance from non- Village School students.
Examples of Program Success  We are already getting calls from local parents, in February, inquiring about Summer Programs.  Many people who only come up for the summer, enroll their children in the Summer Programs.

Village School Scholarship Program

The Village School offers over $45,000 in financial aid for families who qualify.  This enables ALL children from the local area to attend the school, regardless of financial ability.  More funds allow more children to attend.
Budget  $65,000.00
Category  Education, General/Other Elementary & Secondary Education
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years) Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Program Short-Term Success  Short term would be the word going out that the Village School education serves everyone and is available to everyone.
Program Long-Term Success  With more funds, more financial aid can be offered to area students, to ensure full financial diversity in the families attending.  This is particularly important to single women who are heads of their households, and struggling financially.  Long term success is viewed in the success of these children as they continue in public education and bring their love of learning with them, and continue on to college, not always a consideration for low income families.
Program Success Monitored By  Interviews with families, talks with other school administrators, where our students have continued, exit interviews with students themselves, and interviews with students 5-7 years after graduation.
Examples of Program Success  One family, the mother a part time nurse, the father out of work, applied for financial aid and received it for their son, who was failing miserably in the local school.  With our one on one attention and kindness from the Village School community, this student began to love school, and flourished.  At the Village School, he discovered his passion was drawing, and continues to grow in his love of art, in high school.  The mother reports that the Village School turned his life around, and they could not have enrolled him without the financial aid.

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

Our challenge this year is building our new school at Camp Caravan, for it to be ready to move into this summer. We own the Camp Caravan property down the road, and it is the site for the new Village School building, and has a number of buildings that are being rehabbed both for housing and for teaching for summer programs.  And eventually, many of these buildings will have a dual purpose, being used during the school year by the school for music programs, dance programs, and more.  We are slowly putting in the sweat equity to fix up these buildings, but there is not enough cash for materials, which slows down the much needed process of rehab. Our other challenge is to make a stronger effort to serve the larger local community.   Opportunities are presented, in the fact that Camp Caravan could serve as a much needed community resource, with a large open space (40x60) that could be used for contradance, drama and music performance in the local community, and there is no space large enough in Royalston.  So when that space is rehabbed, it would serve many short term and long term needs, both for the summer programs, and for the local community.  We look forward to having a facility to host nature based programs for children, adults, and disabled adults.
With a new building, there is a great opportunity to serve many more children from the local community and develop the necessary educational support for them.

Management


CEO/Executive Director Ms. Rise Richardson
CEO Term Start Feb 1996
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience Rise Richardson is one of the original founders of the Village School, in 1989.  She was on the initial school board for a number of years, and volunteered at the school in the early years of its development.  The Board appointed her to represent the school in all legal and public matters, and work with teachers and parents.  Over time, Rise learned the ropes, and is now an experienced executive director who is guiding the school into its next phase.  She has been head of the school for over 15 years.  She and her husband also have a small farm, to which all of the classes take field trips.
Co-CEO --
Co-CEO Term Start --
Co-CEO Email --
Co-CEO Experience --

Former CEOs and Terms

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Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
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Awards

Award Awarding Organization Year
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Affiliations

Affiliation Year
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Member of state association of nonprofits? Yes
Name of state association --

External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
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Collaborations

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CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

Being a very small school, we have not joined, for example, the Association of Independent Schools, because we rather spend that money on our programs.  Policies are agreed upon by the Board and kept in a notebook.  We have a full staff handbook, given to all newly hired staff.  We also have a Parent Handbook, given to all parents who enroll their children in the school.  Our aim is to stay small, serve this local area with outreach, and avoid large administrative costs.

Foundation Comments

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Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 7
Number of Part Time Staff 13
Number of Volunteers 8
Number of Contract Staff 2
Staff Retention Rate % 100%

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 10
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 10
Male: 2
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has Strategic Plan? Under Development
Years Strategic Plan Considers 5
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Business Continuity of Operations Plan No
Organization Policies And Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes
State Registration Yes

Risk Management Provisions

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Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? No
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency No N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency No N/A
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency No Annually

Governance


Board Chair Mr. John A. Richardson
Board Chair Company Affiliation President
Board Chair Term Feb 2012 - Feb 2013
Board Co-Chair Mr. Walter Thornton
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation Vice President
Board Co-Chair Term Feb 2012 - Feb 2013

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Ms. Nanji Davison Treasurer Voting
Mr. John A. Richardson President Voting
Mrs. Penelope Sullivan Secretary Voting
Mr. Walter Thornton Vice President Voting

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Advisory Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Ms. Wendy Davenport curriculum director Voting
Mrs. Darlene Morrilly director Mt. Wachusett Community College Foundation Voting
Mrs. Rise Richardson Village School Director Voting
Mrs. Cynthia Savoy alumni parent Voting
Mr. Donald Stone ret. professor of finance, U. Mass. Voting
Mrs. Catherine Szal Science Director Voting
Mr. Richard Walton owner Gardner Ale House Voting
Mrs. Nan Wolverton current parent Voting

Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 4
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 2
Male: 2
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 100%
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy No
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes

Standing Committees

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CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

Our umbrella organization, Millers River Educational Cooperative, is governed by the above listed Board of Directors, 4 members.  The Village School, the largest project of MREC, is governed by its own Board of Directors, initially selected by the MREC Board, and then self-selecting.  The Village School Director is always a member of the Village School Board, and the Village School Board consists of current parents, past parents, MREC Board members and members of the larger community.  That Village School Board is listed as the Advisory Board above. 
Both Boards represent this local area well:  everyone works or is retired, but no one is wealthy.  All Board members donate to the organization, and all Board members have stretched to donate to the Village School Capital Campaign.    Because of our small constituency, and having a "middle class" Board, we do not have deep pockets.  We are seeking $300,000  to complete our Capital Campaign and finish building the new home for the Village School, which will complete the initial growth phase of the Village School.  We are working to get our story out to more people who see the value of the Village School and wish to support it.

Foundation Comments

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Financials


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Total Revenue $564,954 $659,336 $617,986
Total Expenses $555,124 $640,550 $576,512

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
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Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
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    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified -- -- --
Individual Contributions $157,943 $154,799 $104,469
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue $392,172 $487,155 $494,891
Investment Income, Net of Losses $1,157 $1,388 $1,615
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events $12,222 $14,175 $14,093
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
Other $1,460 $1,819 $2,918

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Program Expense $524,936 $583,731 $547,045
Administration Expense $23,869 $37,636 $17,973
Fundraising Expense $6,319 $19,183 $11,494
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.02 1.03 1.07
Program Expense/Total Expenses 95% 91% 95%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 4% 11% 10%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Total Assets $1,176,717 $1,136,849 $1,146,087
Current Assets $270,914 $386,322 $463,942
Long-Term Liabilities -- -- --
Current Liabilities $75,451 $45,427 $73,452
Total Net Assets $1,101,266 $1,091,422 $1,072,635

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
1st (Source and Amount) -- --
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2nd (Source and Amount) -- --
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3rd (Source and Amount) -- --
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Financial Planning

Endowment Value --
Spending Policy N/A
Percentage(If selected) --
Credit Line No
Reserve Fund No
How many months does reserve cover? --

Capital Campaign

Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? Yes
Capital Campaign Purpose To build a new school building for the village school, on a 50 acre property (Camp Caravan) already owned by the non profit. The school is currently housed in an old town school building, which is rented. The town is looking forward to using the building for municipal offices and wants to have it back.
Campaign Goal $2,000,000.00
Capital Campaign Dates Aug 2008 - Sept 2016
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount $709,165.00
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 3.59 8.50 6.32

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% 0% 0%

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

When looking at revenues and expenses, a surplus in any year represents the total of donations to the Building Fund (which is restricted) in that year.
 
We are a small lean organization, 80% of expenses in annual budget is teachers' salaries.  Very little funds are expended for management and administration.  Donations and grants help "fill out" the school, such as gifts to fund a 4th-6th visit to U.K. for a week to study the middle ages, and to fund Artists in Residence.  The Board has 3 current aims:  to raise teachers' salaries (to provide a living wage), to pay a full Executive Director's salary, so succession will be possible in the future, and to see through a successful capital campaign to build a new home for the school.

Foundation Comments

Financial summary data in the charts and graphs above are per the organization's reviewed and audited financials.  Contributions from foundations and corporations are listed under individuals when the breakout was not available. For fiscal years 2013 and 2012, the Program Expense amount was obtained from the Form PC on file with the state of MA. Additional detail regarding expense breakout was provided by the nonprofit for fiscal year 2011.

Documents


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Impact

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1. What is your organization aiming to accomplish?

Our organization aims to provide a choice in elementary and adult education in the Central Mass. area.  We aim to serve those children who are not served, or ignored by the public school system.  We plant seeds and help the children grow, hopefully becoming independent young adults with compassion, persistence, a strong sense of self and a sense of responsibility to others and society.

2. What are your strategies for making this happen?

Our strategies include providing an intensive education based on doing.  We have developed a curriculum that creates independent self motivated learners who are kind. Our long term goal is to move to the new property where children and young adults can be immersed in nature. We also plan to do week long seminars for 17-24 year olds, to immerse themselves in hands on learning, such as cooking, farming, spinning, dance, meditation and more.

3. What are your organization’s capabilities for doing this?

We have a terrific group who has been working at and developing curriculum for over 30 years, many of whom were trained by J. G. Bennett in England in the 1970's.  This group meets weekly at the Camp Caravan property, to develop new forms of teaching , both for elementary school, and for young adults.

4. How will your organization know if you are making progress?

Since 1989, the village school has served over 600 children.  Many of them have attended, or are attending, the college of their choice, and report back to us that the Village School helped set them on their life's path.  Also, we have been able to purchase, maintain and rebuild a 50 acre property with over 7 buildings.

5. What have and haven’t you accomplished so far?

We are doing a strong job of serving elementary children.  We are in the early stages of figuring out how to reach young adults, so they can find meaning in useful work.