Turrell Fund, S. Whitney Landon Award
The Turrell Fund Day for Children is June 7, 2017 at the Burlington Country Club. This annual event features the presentation of the S. Whitney Landon Memorial Awards.
The S. Whitney Landon Awards are given annually, with the grant cycle starting in late January. Please see the timeline.
The Turrell Fund is a family foundation based in New Jersey that makes grants in the state of Vermont and the four northern counties of New Jersey. In 1995, after the death of S. Whitney Landon, a long-time Turrell trustee, an award was established in his memory for one exemplary program for children ages birth to six in Vermont and New Jersey.
2012 - Addison County Parent Child Center
2013 - Burlington Children's Space, Franklin Grand Isle Book Mobile, The Learning Tree at SVMC, Little Dippers Doodle Children's Center, Rutland Parent Child Center
2014 - Sunrise Family Resource Center
2015 - Mary Johnson Children's Center, Rural Fun Delivery
2016 - Vermont Family Network
2017 - Janet S. Munt Family Room
From 2015 Winner Mary Johnson Children's Center:
The Rural Fun Delivery van pulls up to the central, shady location at the Lazy Brook mobile home park, at the scheduled time on a very warm July day. Not much has been happening all morning, but now children are waiting expectantly for the nutritious food, friendly adults, fun projects and stories. When the coolers have been unpacked, more children and a few parents join in. The lunches are opened, and young Tyler (age 6) finds something new offered - new to him, at least: a plum. He tries a bite, carefully, and discovers that he really likes plums, and when he is offered another from the sharing basket, he dives right in.
His eyes get bigger and bigger as he listens to a story about a special kite day in Japan, and when the reading is finished, Tyler discovers that he'll be able to take a copy of the book home as his own to keep. With help, he makes a mini- kite of his own, and he and other kids from Lazy Brook fly the kites in the open area at the entrance of the mobile home park. As things are winding down, he helps the adult leaders Kathy and Shannon pack up the supplies, and is offered the last remaining plum, to take home. Tyler tells them it will be for his brother, and waves an enthusiastic good-bye, asking if the RFD van would be coming the next day. The answer of "Yes, sure thing!" is greeted with an even broader smile as he turns and heads back along the road, into the park, bound for home with his book, his plum, his kite creation and a new bounce in his step. All in all, a pretty good day in a six-year-old's summer.