Just Try Topping This ‘When I Was Your Age’ Tale

Source/Credit: The New York Times

CHITTENDEN, Vt. — Karen Prescott, the principal of Barstow Memorial, never expected that her 33 elementary and middle school students who live on the other side of the mountain would make it in that first day.

 Hurricane Irene had washed away large stretches of the road down from Killington, Route 4. Huge craters left Route 100 impassable. Brandon House of Pizza was sitting in the middle of Route 7.

But on Wednesday, Aug. 31, at 7:55 a.m., three days after the storm closed down much of the state, the four school buses pulled up right on time, and off hopped 18 children from the dark side of the mountain (their electricity was still out).

“They were so proud,” Ms. Prescott said.

They had reason to be. Their families had discovered a half-mile-long forest path that they could walk, from Route 4 across the mountain to their school bus. At first, the woods were still and unsettling. “My hands shaked a little bit,” said Jillian Bradley, a second grader.

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