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Project Inside Out About to Kick Off Its 33rd Year!

Porters Point School’s thirty-third Project Inside Out will run from June 7 through June 12!

As Project Inside Out is about to begin, we all fondly remember Patsy Jedrezewski (“Mrs. Jed”), who passed away a few weeks ago. Many of you no doubt remember her countless pictures of her musical instruments and the Great Green Convertible. We also fondly remember Brenda Bristol, the founding director of Project Inside Out, who died just before the start of Project Inside Out’s thirtieth year.

Growing from just two classrooms and a handful of volunteers more than three decades ago, Project Inside Out has become a hugely successful and dearly loved school-wide annual event with vast community involvement, providing students with the opportunity to enjoy a wide assortment of activities related to their year-long learning outside in the fresh air and sunshine. Students explore their interests in a lively, supportive environment and gain exposure to activities they might otherwise not, reflecting upon their projects through twice-daily journal writing. Project Inside Out provides a fun and creative alternative outlet for students at the school year’s end—a memorable and exciting way to kick off summer vacation.

This year's journal design
This year’s journal design

Did you know that Project Inside Out is nearly 100 percent funded by a fall fundraiser, a spaghetti supper and auction in January, and donations?

Would you like to know how can you help continue the tradition and create new memories? Here are some suggestions!

1. Volunteer to help with a project this year
2. Donate the cost of a Project Inside Out T-shirt (beginning in 2010, all students are given a Project Inside Out T-shirt—an approximate value of $6.00)

This year's T-shirt design
This year’s T-shirt design

3. Sponsor the cost for all or part of a project. ($40-$60 provides the supplies for 8-10 students for a two-day project.)

Here is a sample of some of the activities the students will enjoy at this year’s Project Inside Out!

Art Paper Design
Basket Weaving
Bike Rodeo
Biking and Hiking
Boat Making
Cookies and Jars
Counted Cross Stitch
Duct Tape Projects
Early American Candles
Early American Dolls
Early American Games
Early American Schools
Early American Toys
Frontier Survival Skills
Fun with Boxes
Fun with Jewelry
Homes for the Wee Folks
Hula Hooping
Jumping Rope
Junior Yoga
Mosaic Designs
Native American Games/Crafts
Native American Masks
Outdoor Games
Papier-Mache Animals
Pillow Making
Pirate Adventures (map skills)
Radiant Star
Rock It Out (dancing)
Spool Knitting
Stars and Stripes
Summertime Reading
Technology Is Terrific
Turtle Stools
Up and Away

What are your memories of Project Inside Out? Is there a special person or project from your Project Inside Out years that you still hold dear? We would like to hear your stories, learn what you are doing now, and begin to collect historical notes as we draw closer to our thirty-fifth celebration. If you would to share your thoughts, and/or if you would like to volunteer, please contact:
Susan Hooper (
Kerry Plunkett (
Marcia Devino (863-5403)

Donations may be sent to Project Inside Out at:

Porters Point School/Project Inside Out
PO Box 32
Colchester, Vermont 05446

The community support for this annual tradition is immense, and it is all of this community support and energy that helps to make this program a smashing success.

For more information about Project Inside Out, please contact Marcia Devino at (802) 863-5403.

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