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2nd Annual Harvest Run
The Sustainability Academy and City Market are partnering up to present the 2nd Annual Harvest Fun Run/Walk for Sustainability as part of Eat Local Week. We'll have a Kids' 1K and a 5K. Join us post-race for local food vendors and fun family activities!

See the race brochure

Pumpkin prizes for all registered kids! Some scholarships available for SA families.

Pre-registration Deadline: Monday, October 7

Race Day Information

9:00 Registration
10:00 Start: Kid's 1K
10:30 Start: 5K
11:00 - 1:00 Post Race Celebration

After the race, local food vendors will have tasty bites for sale and Mister Chris will play music for the whole family.

All proceeds from the race and celebration will benefit the Sustainability Academy

Through your generous contribution, SA students will engage in place-based, service-learning, and project-based adventures in and around our community.

Volunteers Needed!

To make this a successful event, we're looking for plenty of volunteers! Thanks for signing up and spending some time with us on this great event.

Sign-up to volunteer

(If you are a City Market Member Worker and you have completed an Orientation Session, you can get Member Worker hours for this event.)


The Sustainability Academy at Lawrence Barnes, a collaborative partnership of educators, families and the community, integrates the big ideas of sustainability into PreK-5 curriculum and campus practices.

The goal of the Academy is to prepare students to be responsible citizens and agents for change, in their community and beyond. The Academy is an international model for using sustainability as a lens for place-based education and service learning. We maintain the highest expectations for academic and personal growth for all of our students and embrace the rich economic and cultural diversity of our community.


Tiffany Tillman ( or Serena Parnau ( with questions or for scholarship request.

More Info

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Supplemental Educational Services - Sept 18th deadline

Supplemental Educational Services

Supplemental Educational Services - Fall Enrollment Window is now Open.

For letter, Read More!

For an application, Click Here!

The Vermont Department of Education identified seven BSD schools which receive Title 1 funding as not making AYP (adequate yearly progress) in one or more areas. These identified schools are: Burlington High School, Edmunds Middle School, Hunt Middle School, C.P. Smith Elementary, J.J. Flynn Elementary, Integrated Arts Academy at Wheeler and Sustainability Academy at Barnes.

As a result, these schools are required to provide Supplemental Educational Services - extra academic assistance/tutoring to improve eligible students' academic performance - free of charge.

To view a chart of SES student participation in Burlington schools, Click Here



Building on the success of the Integrated Arts and Sustainability Academies, the Burlington School District is looking for other opportunities to enrich the experiences of our kindergarten through fifth grade students. To that end, we are about to conduct a survey among a randomly selected group of parents and guardians of our incoming K-5 students (for the 2013-2014 school year) to see what thoughts and ideas you might have. We would like to hear your perspectives on where a new academy might focus its attentions and how it can best serve the students of the District.

The survey will be mostly by telephone and will begin on or about June 12th. For non-English speaking families, the District's family liaisons will be conducting the survey in person.  If you are contacted to participate, we encourage you all to share your thoughts with us.

Thank you in advance for your time and energy.

Jeanné Collins, Superintendent
Schoolyard Transformation
Help Spread the Word and Support the Schoolyard Projects!

The SA is hosting an on-line fundraising campaign to raise money for
the ADA-Accessible Trail and Amphitheater to be built this August.
7th Generation has challenged us to raise half of the money by August.
 If we are successful, they will match our funds!

Please consider donating to the campaign!  There are sponsorship
levels for everyone with the first level starting at $15!  Just think
if every family contributed $15 and asked their friends and family
members to do the same!  We'd raise enough money for the trail AND for
an ADA-accessible Treehouse (to be built next year if we can raise the

DONATE and SPREAD the WORD!  Use this link to contribute and share:

If you have any questions, you can ask Tiffany Tillman, 658-3296 or
Busy Bodies Day Camp
Busy Bodies Day Camp
Monday-Friday 9am-3pm ~ June 24th-August 30th
*Enrollment closes June 7th*

Open to children ages 5-12 with academic, social and other challenges. Fun and interactive activities to make summer positive and enjoyable. The cost is $250/week.  At this time there are no scholarships available but if there was a group of 5 or so, there is a group deal. Options for before care starting at 7:30 am and after care until 5:30pm. Contact Tim Feeney at
Reading Programs

Fletcher Free Library: Dig into Reading! 
The 2013 Summer Reading Program begins Monday, June 17. Visit the library anytime during the first few weeks of the program to sign up and begin your summer reading! See our Summer Reading Program flyer in June for more details. Free! For students entering K-8th grade. 
Additional library programs are available for all ages!

Be a Summer Gardener at SA!
Want to wade in beauty this summer and support the Sustainability Academy's School gardens? Our classroom and decorative gardens look beautiful this year, and all the students have had a hand in it. Whether it's gourds or cherry tomatoes, early spring salad greens or raspberries, each garden is well on its way to glorious beauty and food production!
We have been fortunate to have so much support last year from so many friends in getting our gardens underway. Now we have several more raised beds out back, in addition to our wonderful ABC Garden and the lovely shade garden on the eastern corridor near the kindergarten rooms. We are putting together a schedule of friends and families that would like to stop by and help water and weed our beautiful gardens this summer.
If you are interested in being a part of The Garden Team, please stop by and speak to Mia or AnneTewksbury-Frye, or send an email to It takes just a little time to come and water and do a little weeding, and our gardens and students will love you!!!