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The Breeze is a new project created and edited entirely by young people in the community, with guidance from the staff of the Bridge.
The Breeze is a new project created and edited entirely by young people in the community, with guidance from the staff of the Bridge.
37 backers pledged $1,030 to help bring this project to life.

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Lindsey Grutchfield sits in front of the front page of the inaugural edition of The Breeze the night before it gets published.
Lindsey Grutchfield sits in front of the front page of the inaugural edition of The Breeze the night before it gets published.

Mission Accomplished! GOAL REACHED! The Breeze, our by youth, for youth publication will become a reality this week. We can afford to print it thanks to the generosity of the Central Vermont community. But we still have two and a half days to raise money on Kickstarter.

New Mission: Pay the young writers.

Stretch goal: For an additional $175.00 The Breeze can pay the seven young contributors an honorarium of $25 each.

On writing:

“I can shake off everything as I write; my sorrows disappear, my courage is reborn.” ― Anne Frank

“No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. No surprise in the writer, no surprise in the reader.” ― Robert Frost

“A word after a word after a word is power.” ― Margaret Atwood

“After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world.” ― Philip Pullman

“Start writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on.” ― Louis L'Amour

“Write what you know. That should leave you with a lot of free time.” ― Howard Nemerov

Writer and photojournalism student Julia Barstow is scheduled to have a story in The Breeze.
Writer and photojournalism student Julia Barstow is scheduled to have a story in The Breeze.

U-32 grad and Bennington College student Julia Barstow submitted a story about her travels as a student photojournalist to Morocco. Project editor, Lindsey Grutchfield, plans to run Julia's story and photos in The Breeze.

Lindsey recruits her friend Rachel to participate in producing The Breeze. Both are recent 2015 Montpelier High School graduates!
Lindsey recruits her friend Rachel to participate in producing The Breeze. Both are recent 2015 Montpelier High School graduates!

In the above photograph, Editor Lindsey Grutchfield is at right while Rachel is seated.

The Breeze is a free, youth-driven, new publication to be put forth by The Bridge. It will be edited and written almost entirely by the young people of Central Vermont, with support from The Bridge. However, as a separate, special edition publication, it is the responsibility of The Breeze to cover the costs of its own printing.

Much like The Bridge, The Breeze will be distributed to the community for free. Money raised will be put mostly towards the publication's printing costs. The Breeze will be a 12-page newspaper, with one color plate. Aside from printing itself, there are costs associated with the printing, including digital plate processing, mailing costs, and delivery. We also need to cover the cost of the Kickstarter rewards, namely a picnic and cupcakes.

Many of the young people in our community have fascinating stories to share, and the interesting, articulate voices with which to share them. We at The Breeze aim to share the unique perspectives and experiences of ourselves and of our peers with those around us. Please support us in what we believe to be a highly valuable endeavor.

Thank you for all your help,

Lindsey Grutchfield, recent Montpelier High School graduate and editor of The Breeze

About Lindsey:  Lindsey has been writing and photographing for The Bridge for the past year. She has just graduated High School and is off to attend American University in Washington D.C. this fall to study journalism.

Risks and challenges

Like most publications, perhaps the biggest challenge that The Breeze faces is limited time until publication. Putting together a cohesive newspaper in around two weeks is certainly a challenge for a group of young people with limited experience in this area. However, thanks to the staff of The Bridge, we have adults with a great deal of experience helping us and holding us accountable for quality, timely work. With that in mind, we are confident that The Breeze will not only be ready for printing on time, but will reflect the passion and effort that we put into its construction.

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