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KMS dedicates chairlift (bench) and new hiking trail in Killington in memory of English Teacher Hasse Halley, of Woodstock

To recognize and remember her dedication to and passion for teaching, education and the future success of student-athletes, the community at Killington Mountain School will dedicate a chairlift "bench" and new hiking trail off River Road in Killington in memory of Hasse Halley on Saturday, Nov. 10 at 3 p.m.

Halley passed away unexpectedly just more than a year ago, when she was hit by a motor vehicle while walking to the Woodstock Town Hall for post-Tropical Storm Irene volunteer work. Halley was an English teacher at KMS and the interim director of academics at the time of her passing.

The new Hasse Halley Path begins at the end of Valley Park Road off of River Road in Killington and meanders at the base of the ridge to its end on Thundering Brook Road. The trail is part of the town's initiative to add more hiking and walking trails to encourage outdoor recreation, and it will be maintained by KMS in perpetuity. The chairlift "bench" was a gift from the KMS Class of 2012 and will be placed at the approximate halfway mark of the trail.

Halley's husband and family will be present at the dedication. Guests are requested to park along Valley Park Road or at the Sherburne Library. Those at the library will then be shuttled to the trailhead.

Guests are asked to meet at 2:30 p.m. to prepare to walk to the dedication site.

"Hasse was only at KMS for a few, short years, but her passion for the school, her deep care for our students' well being, and a strong desire to leave a place better than she found it had already had a profound impact on our community," said Tao Smith, head of school. "She was deeply enthusiastic about education and learning. She is sorely missed at KMS."

Anyone who wishes to join in the ceremony may do so. Please contact Smith at tsmith@killingtonmountainschool.org if interested.
From the Burlington Free Press obituary, "Dr. Halley taught high school English, helped developed a statewide portfolio assessment for teachers of English and was actively involved in many statewide and national associations relating to teaching and education.

She held many professional titles including Teacher, Dean of Students, Principal, Assistant Principal, Associate Professor and Director of Learning Opportunities. She authored numerous professional and freelance articles. Dr. Halley's many awards include Teacher of the Year at Woodstock Union High School, 2005, NEH Grant Recipient, Summer 2004, Fullbright Memorial Fund Recipient, 2002, University of VT Outstanding Teacher Award. Dr. Halley's spirit and energy touched people everywhere she went, throughout her over 50 years of teaching English in public schools to her many community service projects locally and across the world, including those in Cambodia, Africa, Israel, Thailand, Great Britain and South America."