Windham Woods Turns to FirstLight for Internet and Voice Connectivity

Independent school relies on fiber connectivity to support its emphasis on outdoor education

ALBANY, N.Y., Sept. 29, 2020 /PRNewswire/ —¬†FirstLight, a leading provider of fiber-optic data, Internet, data center, cloud, and unified communications services to enterprise and carrier customers throughout the Northeast, announced today that Windham Woods School in Windham, New Hampshire, has selected FirstLight to be its fiber provider offering Internet and unified communications services.

The Windham Woods Campus in Windham, NH.
The Windham Woods Campus in Windham, NH.

Now in its second year of operation, Windham Woods School offers a unique program for students from grades 1 to 10 with mild to moderate learning challenges and whose families are looking for a hands-on, dynamic educational setting. With a 250-acre campus including four miles of private trails, the school emphasizes outdoor education through hands-on learning. Classes have a maximum of 10 students, allowing teachers to truly differentiate their instruction for each child.

The school is built with energy efficiency in mind, and instructors incorporate the facility’s solar panel energy production and geothermal heating into their curriculum.¬†¬†

“We are a specialized school with unique programming that offers a variety of indoor and outdoor learning environments best suited for our students,” explains Matt Taffel, Assistant Head of School and Middle/Upper School Director. “Fiber connectivity is critical for any school, but with our institution, our students really need interactive technology to help them access the curriculum, while also making the classroom a modern, engaging, and exciting place to be.”

Each child experiences a course unique to Windham Woods focused on Engagement, Communication, and Organization (E.C.O.). “This class meets daily and is designed to help students navigate the ever-changing and often complex social norms inherent in today’s society,” says Taffel. “Technology is a critical tool in that mission.”

The school was so successful in its first

Bethel Woods Releases Fall Programming Focused On Coming Together While Apart

Outdoor Dining, Socially-Distant Exhibits, and Wellness Series Included in List of Upcoming Events.

Bethel Woods Releases Fall Programming Focused On Coming Together While Apart

Nonprofit cultural organization Bethel Woods Center for the Arts opened its museum doors mid-July, and today announced a full calendar of programming through the fall at the historic site of the 1969 Woodstock festival. Collaborating with local partners, events will continue to emphasize The Center’s commitment to health, wellness, and shared experiences, despite circumstances changing a typical programming schedule.

The expansion of the Big Eddy Film Festival brings two nights of film screenings to the Center’s outdoor, picturesque Terrace Stage. Produced by Delaware Valley Arts Alliance of Narrowsburg, NY (DVAA), the Big Eddy Film Festival aims to advance the traditional art of storytelling by showing the newest and best independent films from around the world and the local area. “Now more than ever, we value collaboration and partnerships with neighboring organizations that seek to provide opportunities for our mutual audiences,” said Eric Frances, CEO, Bethel Woods Center for the Arts. “We are thrilled to share our space with a likeminded organization like DVAA and look forward to welcoming the community for a weekend of film and culture in a safe environment,” he continued.Friday, September 25: Jimmy Carter Rock & Roll President
This new documentary chronicles the relationship that music played in Carter’s early life, his campaign for the White House, and his term as the 39th President of the United States.Saturday, September 26: Gossamer Folds
Ten-year-old Tate develops a strong bond with his transgender neighbor Gossamer in this heart-felt drama set in 1980s Missouri.Bethel Woods also continues to offer outdoor, socially-distant dining experiences in the open-air Market Sheds. Following a launch earlier in the summer that guests described as having “…good food in a place whose history and soul is powerfully tangible,” the More Than A