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The Upper Valley’s Troubles Are Dartmouth’s Troubles, Too

Not long ago, we asked why the administration leapt into action after Haiti’s eathquake, but Pakistan’s severe flooding did not elicit a comparable response. Maybe Jim Kim has something against floods — like the water that laid waste to the covered bridge at Quechee below?

Quechee After.png

When the disaster is in Dartmouth’s own backyard, one would think that Kim the Humanitarian, or at least the College’s main webpage, would put out a call to action. For the time being, nada. How about aiming for 1,000 of the College’s between-terms staffers, with Dartmouth’s President in the lead, surging out into the mud-luscious, puddle-wonderful Upper Valley to help our neighbors dig out of the mess that they are in?

Kudos to the Tucker Foundation for its quiet efforts to help. The College’s eleemosynary arm has not fared well under Jim Kim. When the Haitian national soccer team played the varsity squad in Hanover a few months ago, proceeds from the game went to Kim’s Partners In Health organization, rather than to Tucker.

Here’s how you can help Dartmouth’s Tucker Foundation assist people in the stricken communities surrounding the Dartmouth Bubble.


The work crew link is here, and the Vermont Response site is here.

Addendum: Here is more video of the destruction of the Quechee covered bridge and the buildings surrounding it.

Addendum: The College is now offering a day off with pay to employees who volunteer their time to help clean up after Irene. And lo and behold, now there is something up on the main webpage, too.


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