Mental Health

Your Mental Health Matters

At Twin Valley Elementary School (TVES), the psychological and emotional well-being of our students and families matter. We recognize that every family in our community has its own set of unique experiences, ways of living, as well as strengths and challenges. We want to APPRECIATE and RESPECT that! The goal of our teachers and staff is to support our families in a way that fits with our school's values of passionate learning, valued relationships, and being respectful.

That said, at the start of the 2019-2020 school year, TVES formed an alliance with Health Care & Rehabilitation Services (HCRS) in Brattleboro and contracted full-time and part-time School-Based Clinicians to work in the school setting to better support the social, emotional, and behavioral needs of our students and families. Our clinicians are Master or Doctoral level clinicians who work directly with the students, as well as the teachers, staff, and parents to help meet the emotional and behavioral needs of students in the school setting.

HCRS can also provide TVES with Behavioral Interventionists (BIs), who work one-on-one with high behavioral needs students in the classroom, following a behavioral assessment and plan.

To learn more about HCRS and the services they provide, please visit their website at


The 3SquaresVT program is here to help you and your family put food on the table. You can fill out an inquiry to have a staff member contact you at VT Foodback or apply online here.

VT Foodbank: 1-855-855-6181 or text VFBSNAP to 85511

VT Department for Children & Families: 1-800-479-6151 (M-TH from 8AM to 6PM & FRIDAY from 8AM – 4:15PM)

The Deerfield Valley Food Pantry provides a bi-monthly distribution of food to the towns of Dover, Halifax, Jacksonville, Marlboro, Readsboro, Searsburg, Whitingham, and Wilmington. For more information, visit their website here or their Facebook page.

Call: 802-464-0148

Wilmington, VT 05363

During COVID-19

School Meals: All school districts in Vermont are making meals available during the current closure. These meals are free for all children 18 and under. While no paperwork is needed to access these meals, submitting a meal application can help your school continue to offer nutritious meals in uncertain times. If your household finances have changed, please consider filling out a school meal application! Click here to see if you and your family are eligible for free or reduced school lunches.

Curbside PickUp: Below is a list of local stores offering your family curbside pickup and/or online ordering.

  • River Bend Market: (802) 464-1562,

  • River Valley Market: (802) 464-2236

  • Jacksonville General Store: (802) 368-2822

The Retreat Farm: is giving away a bag (per family) of healthy and nutritious food. This includes bread, eggs and milk. Please call (802) 490-2270.

Free breakfast sandwiches are available to kids on Saturdays and Sundays during May and June. Head down to the Retreat Farm in Brattleboro between 9 am - 12 pm for sausage and cheese egg sandwiches made fresh with local eggs and sausage. Sausage donation and catering by CherryRail Farm with additional donations and support from Pete and Gerry's Eggs, Against the Grain, Brown and Roberts, Leader Home Center and Wendy's. For more information email Jim at

Brattleboro Area Farmers' Market: The Farmers' Market has compiled a list of their vendors who have products available right now, which you can find at farm stands, through online ordering, curbside pickup, and more! Visit their website for details and stay tuned for updates about the 2020 market season.

Basic Needs

Southeastern VT Community Action (SEVCA) provides assistance with applications for benefits to meet critical household needs like fuel, utilities, food, and housing. Please click here to visit their website.

Vermont 2-1-1 is a free and confidential 24/7 service, serving Vermonters statewide with information and resources to help maintain and improve their well-being. Dial 2-1-1 or call 1(866)652-4636 within Vermont. Or visit their website.

Updated May 18, 2020