Independent School in Afton Hosts Band Fair Fundraiser

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AFTON, VA (NEWSPLEX) -- North Branch School, an independent school based in Afton, held its 13th annual Band Fair event raising money for financial assistance.

Dozens came out to Cardinal Point Winery on Mother's Day to enjoy music, play games, and watch a special performance by the Virginia Acrobatic Studio & Moonlight Circus.

Charlotte Zinsser Booth founded the school, which teaches students from preschool through what would be considered eighth grade in a public school.

The school started in a living room in 1983 and has now grown to include two main buildings on 11 acres of land.

Zinsser Booth said the school's mission is based on a hands-on learning experience.

"They're doing a lot of making things, they're sewing and building, they're doing a lot of math work," she said. "Whenever possible, they go on a field trip."

Teachers say the integration of age groups in the school is another integral part to what makes North Branch School.

"It feels different when you walk into North Branch," said science teacher Margaret Lambert. "The eighth graders know the five year olds and they go up and they play with them and they read books with them at book buddy time and they really look out for each other."

Twenty to 25 percent of the school's 125 students require financial assistance.

In the past, Band Fair has helped raise and average of $5,000.

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