Rusty DeWees and Cindy Pierce visiting local schools Thursday and Friday

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Picture 11COVENTRY — Rusty DeWees, aka The Logger, and Cindy Pierce, well-known comic storyteller, will bring their humor and wisdom to local schools over the next few days.

DeWees is a household name to Vermonters, celebrating all that makes rural Vermont and its people so cherished. The Stowe High School graduate earned a degree from Champlain College before heading off to a career of acting, writing, music and comedy. But Rusty says his time working with Vermont youth to promote positive and heartfelt choices is particularly gratifying.

“Young Vermont students are an alert, focused and engaging lot,” said DeWees. “That’s what I’ve found when presenting to them … always. My presentation is not only for students, parents will be invited to share the evening presentations with their kids. Working with GEAR UP to gear up young Vermonters and their parents for education beyond high school is a worthy effort. We’ll all learn and have fun. No joke.”

Cindy Pierce, who is an innkeeper in Etna, N.H. and mother of three teenagers, keeps her skills sharp – and hilarious – with stories about finding the way through everyday life. She is particularly inspiring in helping kids connect with their “healthy crew” and tap into their inner compass. Pierce holds a master’s degree in education from Antioch New England.

“These days, young people are exposed to information and issues earlier than most adults would consider addressing those issues,” Pierce said. “I believe that information is power. With humor and honesty, I hope to give kids some tools and information to help them find focus and withstand inevitable speed bumps while navigating life.”

The schedule over the next few days is as follows:

Thursday, October 2

Brownington Central School
8 a.m. Arrive at school and meet with Elaine and staff as available
8:45 Presentation to middle school
10/10:15 Schedule open to visit classrooms as invited
11 a.m.– depart for Coventry

Coventry Village School
12 noon Arrive at school and meet Matthew and staff as available
12:45 Presentation to middle school
2/2:15 Schedule open to visit classrooms as invited
3 p.m. Break (unless Rusty checks out afterschool programs/sports)

Coventry Village School
6-6:45 p.m. Dinner hosted by Brownington and Coventry
6:45-8 Rusty presentation to parents and families

Friday, October 3

Brighton Elementary School
8 a.m. Arrive at school and meet with Denise/Judy and staff as available
8:45 Presentation to middle school
10/10:15 Schedule open to visit classrooms as invited
11 a.m. – depart for Charleston

Charleston Elementary School
12 noon Arrive at school and meet Jessica/Sharon and staff as available
12:45 Presentation to middle school
2/2:15 Schedule open to visit classrooms as invited
Break (unless Rusty checks out afterschool programs/sports)

Charleston Elementary School
6-6:45 p.m. Dinner hosted by Brighton and Charleston
6:45-8 Rusty presentation to parents and families