Hiram Bellows was a humanitarian who wanted all students to have the opportunity for a high-quality education. His contributions to the St. Albans and Fairfax communities have had immeasurable impacts.

In recognition of his gifts to our towns, students chose to give back in a variety of ways. Ninth-grade BFA Fairfax students were engaged in a variety of community partnerships including planting a tree at the new town recreation center, volunteering at the senior living community, cleaning up the town recreation path and fields, preparing the school’s skiing and running trails for races, etc.

BFA Fairfax freshman Abby Sweet who worked with the school’s transportation department commented, “By spending time today cleaning our school’s buses inside and out I helped the driver be more available for other projects to prepare buses for the road.”

“We got to help the community during our school day and now our school looks even better,” said student Caleb Vanslette after he finished mulching flowerbeds around the school.


Teacher Jensen Welch commented, “It was a great way to get to know our students better and help out with our community.”


As part of the FWSU Action Plan, there is a focus on teaching leadership skills and providing students with the opportunity to be role models as a cornerstone of successful citizenship. Our students are delighted to continue Hiram Bellows’ legacy of service and community.

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