Summer reading kicks off, students awarded scholarships: Seacoast education news

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Greenland Central School raises over 6K for the American Heart Association

Principal Hallee, Mrs. Barnes (K), Mr. Brownell (Music), Mr. Weld (STEM), and Mrs. Gosselin (P.E. and Health).

Principal Hallee, Mrs. Barnes (K), Mr. Brownell (Music), Mr. Weld (STEM), and Mrs. Gosselin (P.E. and Health).

GREENLAND — This year, Greenland Central School promoted the Kids Heart Challenge.  Students listened to stories of heart survivors, learned about their hearts, participated in activities that raised their heart rates and learned hands-only CPR during P.E. classes with Mrs. Gosselin.  Students also accepted Mrs. Hallee’s Principal’s Challenge.  The challenge included having at least half of the student population register online with the American Heart Association and raising at least $500, as a school.  This is the ninth year that GCS has participated in the AHA fundraiser.  This year, students raised $6,340.41!  In nine years, GCS has raised over $57,000 for the AHA!  Due to students’ successful fundraising efforts, GCS will be receiving a US Games gift certificate of $500 to purchase new P.E. equipment, as well as an additional $500 for completing the Principal’s challenge.

Breleigh Vischer (6th grade), Maeve Schreck (6th grade), and Thomas Shupe (7th grade) slimed Mr. Weld on May 26, 2022.

Breleigh Vischer (6th grade), Maeve Schreck (6th grade), and Thomas Shupe (7th grade) slimed Mr. Weld on May 26, 2022.

The top fundraiser was Anna Couture in 1st grade, who raised $556.39.  In addition, Elle Moynahan in 2nd grade and Addy Downing in 5th grade, also raised at least $500 each.  The following students raised at least $250: Griffin McGuckin in 5th grade, Callie Vischer in 4th grade, and Callen Schreck in 3rd grade.  Thank you to all who participated and helped fundraise for the American Heart Association.

GCS students who fundraised for the American Heart Association

GCS students who fundraised for the American Heart Association

The initiative culminated with a sliming of several staff members! This was another incentive for students to fundraise. On May 26, two students from each grade level were picked from grade level bags and had the opportunity to slime a GCS staff member!  As always, we are proud of the GCS community for participating in this annual school event.

YCCC Foundation receives donation from Roger K. Williams Foundation

YCCS President Michael Fischer and Roger K. Williams Foundation Co-Trustee Tom Williams.

YCCS President Michael Fischer and Roger K. Williams Foundation Co-Trustee Tom Williams.

WELLS, Maine — York County Community College Foundation announced that it has received a generous charitable gift from the Roger K Williams Foundation. YCCCF received the initial gift for $50,000 and will receive annual contributions in 2023, 2024, and 2025 that will range between $35,000 – $50,000 annually to fund student scholarships.

“We are grateful for the support and trust that the Roger K. Williams Foundation has placed in us to honor Roger’s legacy. As a lifelong resident of Sanford, Roger K. Williams was passionate about our great state.” said Dr. Michael Fischer, YCCC President. “He was also a big supporter of education’s role in helping students. The scholarships given in his name will assist our students as they gain the knowledge and skills needed to enter the workforce.”

To be eligible for this last-dollar scholarship a student must:

  • be in a program or training geared towards a specific skill or career. Examples include trade programs, teaching, criminal justice, nursing, and other career-specific programs. Students in general study or liberal arts programs shall not be eligible for funds

  • be a Maine resident

  • maintain a 2.0 GPA

  • must demonstrate evidence of hard work, dedication, and fortitude

The mission of the YCCC Foundation is to raise funds/resources from public, private, and other charitable organizations. We seek to support YCCC students and YCCC educational resources while maintaining responsible stewardship to our donors and creating strong community relations. The YCCC Found
ation ensures that any eligible YCCC student who seeks a quality education at YCCC is financially able to do so The YCCC Foundation is the preferred channel for private gifts to the College through annual giving programs, planned gifts, and major or special gift campaigns. Gifts to the Foundation qualify for the maximum tax deduction allowed under the law. FMI or to make a donation please visit www.ycccf.org.

Rochester Public Schools, Community Partners kick off summer reading program

Students, staff members and representatives of Holy Rosary Credit Union (HRCU) and the Rochester Rotary Club stand with summer reading books outside the Gonic School. The books were donated by HRCU and the Rochester Rotary Club.

Students, staff members and representatives of Holy Rosary Credit Union (HRCU) and the Rochester Rotary Club stand with summer reading books outside the Gonic School. The books were donated by HRCU and the Rochester Rotary Club.

ROCHESTER — Superintendent Kyle Repucci announced that Rochester Public Schools, in partnership with Holy Rosary Credit Union and Rochester Rotary Club, have launched the District’s Summer Reading Program.

Rochester Public Schools’ Summer Reading Program began on Friday, June 3, at the Chamberlain Street School, the first of many schools that are participating in this year’s program. Each district school hosted a kickoff assembly in early June, during which books donated by HRCU and Rochester Rotary were given out to all students in Grades 1 and 2.

The program is designed to encourage kids to keep their reading skills strong while they are out of school for summer.

This year’s theme is Oceans of Possibilities, which features stories about the ocean. Grade-specific brochures with selections of suggested book titles and reading logs were sent to all students in Grades K-5. By filling out the reading logs, students will have the chance to earn prizes in the fall when they return to school.

A Summer Reading Program kickoff event will be held at the Rochester Public Library on Wednesday, June 15 from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. There will be ice cream, an ocean-themed photo booth, a StoryWalk, and a visit with Rochester Police Department Community Engagement Officer Brandon Kimbrough, and the summer shark mascot.

Throughout the summer, there will be ocean-themed events at the Rochester Public Library to accompany the Summer Reading program.

A kickoff event for the summer reading program at the Gonic School, where a reading team from the East Rochester School performed a skit for students.

A kickoff event for the summer reading program at the Gonic School, where a reading team from the East Rochester School performed a skit for students.

On June 22 at 6 p.m., Wildlife Encounters Ecology and Wellness Center will host a wildlife encounter where families can meet and learn about some of the animals being rehabilitated at the facility.

Steve Blunt will perform his award-winning music on July 29 at 10:30 a.m.

Children two and up will also have the opportunity to make arts and crafts such as a paper roll octopus on June 27, a rainbow weaving fish on July 7, and a plate crab on July 19. Arts and crafts events are drop-in and will take place between 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. For more information about these events and more, visit https://www.rpl.lib.nh.us/summerreading.

To view the suggested reading list for each grade, click here.

Portsmouth Women’s City Club awards scholarships

The Portsmouth Women’s City Club awarded scholarships of $1000 to two Portsmouth High School seniors. From left to right are Hannah Westlake, Michael Schoff and Scholarship Chairperson Stephanie Harzewski.

The Portsmouth Women’s City Club awarded scholarships of $1000 to two Portsmouth High School seniors. From left to right are Hannah Westlake, Michael Schoff and Scholarship Chairperson Stephanie Harzewski.

PORTSMOUTH — On the evening of June 2, The Portsmouth Women’s City Club celebrated at its clubhouse on Middle Street its two winners of this year’s scholarship selection. The Club awarded scholarships of $1000 to two Portsmouth High School seniors.

Michael SchoffMichael Schoff

Michael Schoff

Alphabetically, Michael Schoff will be attending Dartmouth College in the fall as an engineering major with interests in renewable energy and solar geoengineering. He served as both the winter and spring track Captain, leading the team to the state championship. Schoff is a PHS record holder in the 4X400m, 4X200m, and 4X100m relays. He achieved varsity letters in golf, indoor track, and outdoor track, participating on a sports team for every season of his high school career. A member of the Math Team, Schoff’s volunteering included Seacoast Students for Sustainability, Peer Leadership, Student to Student Mentors, and the National Honor Society.

Hannah Westlake

Hannah Westlake

Hannah Westlake will be attending Endicott College in the fall as a nursing major, with the career goal of nurse practitioner. Westlake completed seven online courses in addition to a full academic schedule at PHS. One of these courses, Introduction to Nursing, complemented her work as a staff assistant at Edgewood Centre. Westlake volunteered to create a website to catalog the thousands of books in her Honors English teacher’s (Laura LaVallee) classroom, with she and a classmate spent many hours developing the site by hyper linking all the books to a summary. LaVallee praised this resource as “a game changer for my current students when trying to find a new book to read”. Westlake enjoys singing and playing the piano and is a Youth Worship Leader at Bethany Church in Greenland. Her volunteering includes Meals4Kids food drives and a Costa Rica Missions Trip.

The Portsmouth Women’s City Club is a registered 501c3 organization. If you would like to support the Portsmouth Women’s City Club and its scholarship initiatives, donations may be mailed to 375 Middle St., Portsmouth, NH 03801.

This article originally appeared on Portsmouth Herald: Summer reading kicks off, students awarded scholarships: Seacoast education news

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