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North Branch School celebrates learning with fire and meaning

NORTH BRANCH SCHOOL students completed their “Burning School” sculpture last month by attaching mementos, including letters, old ticket stubs, favorite poems and lyrics, artwork and report cards. Students and alumni of the Ripton middle school then burned the sculpture as part of a yearly tradition to start the school year.

“I don’t know of any school that celebrates the start of the year by burning something the students spent a month creating and building,” said Tal Birdsey, head teacher and co-founder of the school.

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