Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Laraway Staffers Rich Farrell and Greg Stefanski to appear on WLVB Radio on Friday, May 2nd

     Rich Farrell, Assistant Director of Laraway's Substitute Care Program, and Greg Stefanski will appear as guests on Roland Lajoie's radio program on Friday, May 2nd.  May is designated as Family Support and Mental Health Awareness Month.  Farrell and Stefanski will speak to strategies for supporting families struggling with these issues.
     We invite you to tune in to 93.9 at 8:20 in the morning on Friday to give a listen!


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Greg Stefanski to speak at Stowe Rotary on April 17th

Greg Stefanski is the Executive Director of Laraway Youth & Family Services.  He is a leader in developing sustainable programs, financial management and strategic planning for nonprofit organizations.  Greg’s commitment to enhancing services for at-risk children and youth is inspired by a deep personal commitment to social justice and building community.
            Since joining Laraway in 1999, Greg led the organization through an extensive strategic planning process, coordinated a $3 million project to build a new treatment facility, and developed and strengthened funding sources for programs at a fast-growing, dynamic organization.  Under Greg’s leadership, Laraway added an elementary division to its school; fostered an acclaimed public-school-based, behavioral intervention program; and launched a successful $900,000 capital campaign.  Greg consistently encourages his staff to bring their best thinking, passion and creativity to the work they do on behalf of children and families.
Greg’s role as a community leader further enhances his work on behalf of Laraway Youth & Family Services.  He served on the Johnson School Board, Lamoille North Supervisory Union School Board, and was President of the Vermont Coalition of Residential Providers.  He coaches basketball, baseball and soccer and serves as emcee for Tuesday Night Live, Johnson’s annual summer music series.  Greg is also an active member of the United Church of Johnson.
Greg is a graduate of the Vermont Leadership Institute at the Snelling Center for Government.  He earned a Master’s of Education at Johnson State College and a Bachelor’s of Arts in Theological Languages at Concordia University.  He lives in Johnson with his wife Jennifer and three children, Declan, Cecilia and Ronan.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Join us May 1st for an Open House at Laraway's Hardwick Office

     Laraway is hosting an Open House at our Hardwick Backpack Office on Thursday, May 1, 2014 from 3:00-6:00 p.m.  Area educators, families we serve, local businesses and community members interested in our work with children and families are all welcome to attend. 
     The event will be hosted by Greg Stefanski, Executive Director and Sarah Squirrell, Backpack Director at 64 North Main Street in Hardwick.  Join us for light refreshments and fun activities.  Please RSVP by Thursday, April 25th to Adria at 802-585-9251 or

Monday, April 7, 2014

It's Maple Syrup time at Laraway

     Tap the trees.  Boil the sap.  It's maple time at Laraway.  Maple season starts in Vermont in spring when days grow warmer while nights remain below 32 degrees Fahrenheit.  This temperature pattern triggers the flow of sap.  Laraway tapped several of its sugar maples, releasing a steady flow of sweet, sticky sap.
     Wandering downstairs to Laraway School, one encountered a large pot of sap starting to heat up on a boiling station outside one of our science classrooms.  Hours of boiling removes excess water content, thus resulting in sweet, concentrated syrup.  Care must be taken to maintain the boiling point while guarding against burning the sap. 
     Teaching kids about the maple syrup process is one way in which Laraway integrates hands on activities while exposing students to science and ecology.  What's the best part of this process?  Students get to enjoy the fruit of their labor, enjoying the sweet flavor of freshly boiled syrup!