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Community Day to Focus on Irene-Recovery Efforts

September 9, 2011

SOUTH ROYALTON, VT -- Vermont Law School and the Town of South Royalton will host their first annual Community Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 24 to celebrate the relationship between the state's only law school and the historic community where it is located. That relationship has been highlighted by VLS's relief and recovery efforts for residents who have been hit by Tropical Storm Irene.

Photo of Chris Foy.

Chris Foy '12 removes mud from a South Royalton resident's barn after Tropical Storm Irene. Credit: Valley News - Polina Yamshchikov

In the wake of Irene, the day's focus has changed from generally strengthening VLS-community relations to supporting efforts to revive Royalton and to lift community spirits. Activities, which will take place on the VLS campus, the Town Green and Carpenter Field, will include storm-recovery information tables as well as campus tours, a climbing wall, lawn games, local bands, free food and ice cream, raffle, clowns, face painting and more.

"This event will build awareness of the opportunities and services that Vermont Law School and the community offer each other," said Peter Gill, associate director of VLS's Student Affairs and Community Relations Officer. "This mutual support can be seen in how VLS and the community have worked together during Irene."

VLS and South Royalton have had a collaborative relationship since the school opened in 1973. Among the assets that VLS brings to the community are free legal services at the South Royalton Legal Clinic and the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic; student community service projects, including prevention of domestic violence, promoting home energy efficiency and aiding teen mothers; free campus lectures on local, national and international issues; a fitness center; and the Magic Mountain Children's Center.

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