The Root Schoolhouse:
A Community Space
Our goal is to provide a unique venue for our community to enjoy educational, social and cultural gatherings, in a building that has a special place in the history of Norwich, Vermont.
Root Schoolhouse Updates
Step into history! Enjoy the Root Schoolhouse, a community space:
Light up America Event
On January 19, 2021, the Root Schoolhouse joined the national effort to illuminate
homes and public buildings in memory of those who have died in the COVID-19 pandemic.
First Annual Pie Sale
In October 2020, the Root District Game Club held our first annual Pie Sale as a chance to show off the Root Schoolhouse renovations in a socially-distanced manner.
Renovations to date include: a reconstruction of the foundation, updated electrical wiring, squared front porch entrance, new backdoor, repainting of the building, restoration of historic windows, piers laid for ADA ramp, and cleaned up landscape
Thank you for your support!
Over the past three years, thanks to our generous donors and granting organizations, there has been much work done on the Root Schoolhouse. In 2019, the Schoolhouse was raised, the drainage was improved and the old foundation was replaced. In 2020, thanks to one donor, the building was repainted and the historic windows were restored. Over the past year, we have also updated the electrical wiring, replaced the back door, restored the globe light fixtures, and installed piers for an ADA access ramp.
We are currently raising funds to: complete the ADA access ramp, reroof the building, repoint the chimney, build an accessible parking space, install the light fixtures, build a front porch railing, and install a fire protection system.
We hope to complete the projects necessary for an occupancy permit by the summer of 2021. Once the projects are complete, we have an occupancy permit, and the COVID-19 situation improves, we will be able to enjoy the building on a seasonal basis. Stay tuned for news of upcoming events and ways to enjoy this community center.
Future enhancements such as additional driveway/parking improvements, kitchen counter replacement, ceiling repair, interior painting, restroom renovations, and heating will depend on continued support from donors.
We would like to thank our local contractors who generously donated their time at reduced rates or as an in-kind donation: Graham Webster of Webster and Donovan, Paul Derkson of Turning Leaf, and Blake Spencer of Spencer Associates.
If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation, please see our donation information. Thank you for your support!
Root District Game Club
A 501(c)(3) Not for Profit