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Blazing a trail to create a scholarship for at-risk youth: Tim Heath-Swanson and Rick Swanson will hike Vermont’s Long Trail in September


timandrickTwo hikers. Three weeks. 273 Miles. A quest to raise $10,000 for a scholarship fund for a at-risk youth pursuing post-secondary education. Tim Heath-Swanson and the Rev. Rick Swanson will hike Vermont’s Long Trail in September. They plan to lace up their hiking books and raise $10,000 to create a scholarship fund for Laraway Youth & Family Services’ clients who are pursuing continuing education in the trades and technical fields.

“Laraway students have untapped skills and gifts for life,” says Swanson, who serves as rector at St. John’s in the Mountains, Stowe. “The Trailblazer Fund will provide a path forward into their future.” Laraway Youth & Family Services provides therapeutic foster care, operates an alternative school, offers clinical services and directs a public school based behavioral intervention program. Laraway is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Donations to the fund are tax-deductible.

Vermont Episcopalians are invited to donate to Tim and Rick’s effort online and note “Trailblazer” in the description. Checks made out to LYFS with “Trailblazer” in the memo line can be mailed to Katherine Stamper, Development Director, LYFS, P.O. Box 621, Johnson, Vermont  05656.

Giving Categories
Trail Angel: 10 cents per mile = $27.20
Day Hiker: 15 cents per mile = $40.80
Section Leader: 20 cents per mile = $54.40
Thru Hiker: 50 cents per mile = $136.00

Follow the hikers’ preparations and progress at and

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