The Southwest Vermont Supervisory Union Health and Wellness Committee acquired 18 pairs of snowshoes through an Amplify Grant through RiseVT. Jamie Poulen, Bennington Elementary physical education teacher, spearheaded the project, noting that our schools “want to teach healthy living throughout the whole year. We live in Vermont, so it’s important to teach our students to get outside, no matter the weather.”

Our program manager, Andrea Malinowski,  assisted the committee with the grant process, allowing for $1,500 to be used to purchase 18 pairs of Dion Snowshoes. She worked hard with the school and the school board to approve the grant. Andrea is also the RiseVT representative on the SVSU Health and Wellness Committee.The Committee is a school and community collaborative team that aims to promote and support the health and wellness of SVSU students, staff, and community members.   The snowshoes will be available for use by all SVSU schools and will also be available for use during other RiseVT community events!

We are now nearing the end of winter but as all Vermonter’s know there may still be time to get out there and play in the snow. Snowshoeing is a great way to get a cardio workout in. It is also a great option for people who enjoy hiking through the woods but may not get out there during heavy snow. If you want to try out snowshoeing but don’t want to commit to a new sport there are many options to borrow snow shoes throughout the state! Many of the local libraries have snowshoes available to borrow. Check if there is a location near you, here!