Southern Vermont College Campus Dinner Series Relaunches
Southern Vermont College (SVC) will relaunch the Campus Community Dinner Series, a project that invites local families with elementary to high school-aged children to join SVC students to experience the benefits of family dinners and engage in thoughtful conversation over meals prepared and served on campus. This academic year, 14 SVC students and six families from the Bennington area will participate in the project. The students and families will meet for the first time on Tuesday, December 10. Topics of conversation will include the value of an education and ways to increase civic engagement.
“This project is a quadruple win. Local families are invited to SVC’s campus to engage with college students, heightening awareness that attending college is a real possibility,” SVC President Karen Gross said. “Families will see the value of eating healthy food, being together and having a dinner conversation. SVC students will learn more about members of the Bennington community and ways they can encourage interest in our College and college attendance generally. The students, too, will learn the value of dinner conversation they can carry into their own families as they progress in their education and lives.”
In February, members of the Vermont Campus Compact will host similar family dinners on their own campuses to encourage college progression and the value of civic engagement. Vermont, as a state, needs more of its high school graduates to progress to and through college, and this effort helps in furthering this important goal. Indeed, the workforce of the State needs more college graduates and this program, conducted locally and then state wide, serves this end.
Remaining dinners on SVC’s campus will occur Tuesday, February 4, with an invitation to the men’s basketball game against Lesley College at 7 p.m.; Monday, February 24; Monday, March 24; and will conclude on Monday, April 21.
For more information on the Campus Community Dinner Series, contact Project Manager AJ Mahar at 802-447-4012 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.