Download this document in MS Word 97 format

NO. R-180. JOINT RESOLUTION honoring the Brattleboro Union High School students who founded the Child Labor Education and Action Project.

(J.R.H. 135)

Offered by: Representatives Partridge of Windham, Darrow of Newfane, Darrow of Dummerston, Deen of Westminster, Milkey of Brattleboro, O'Donnell of Vernon, Obuchowski of Rockingham, Pillsbury of Brattleboro, Rusten of Halifax and Webster of Brattleboro.

Whereas, the shameful plight of the estimated 250 million children worldwide who, in both urban and rural settings, are forced to work under oppressive conditions, prompted a group of morally concerned and politically astute Brattleboro Union High School students to form the Child Labor Education and Action Project, and

Whereas, this unique student organization is dedicated to publicizing the cruelty that is the essence of child labor, and to developing ways that, at least symbolically, demonstrate alternatives which can promote a more humane option for these young children, and

Whereas, the Brattleboro students were hardly content with merely launching a public education campaign by writing letters to business and political leaders, or establishing an informational web site, but sought to directly work toward the elimination of child labor, and

Whereas, U.S. Representative Bernard Sanders arranged for the awarding of a $380,000.00 federal grant jointly to the student group and to the School for International Training in Brattleboro for the purpose of assisting in the construction of a new elementary school in the Guatemalan village of Pasec Segundo, and

Whereas, in a village where only one-half of the first to sixth grade age children attend school, the new facility will enable these youngsters to pursue an educational option that can be the basis for a brighter personal and economic future, and

Whereas, the 16 inspired Brattleboro Union High School students who traveled to Pasec Segundo, Guatemala to participate in the school construction project included seniors Rob Curry-Smithson, Sadie Forsythe, Gavin Freeman, and Jenny Crowell, juniors Katie Panella, Willie Gould, and Colin Robinson and sophomores Diana Butler, Sam Carmichael, Elisar Hares, Delia Kipp, Isabelle Stinson, Lara Darrow, Marcia Lo Monaco, Rossetta Morse and Tim O’Connor, and

Whereas, these young persons are an outstanding example of students who have applied ingenuity and brawn in pursuit of a very worthy objective, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly recognizes the seriousness of purpose and commendable initiative that each of the student members of the Child Labor Education and Action Project has exhibited, and be it further

Resolved: That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to each of the 16 student members cited in this resolution and to their advisor Tim Kipp at Brattleboro Union High School and to John Ungerleider at the School for International Training in Brattleboro.