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Laconia School District awarded two ‘Now is the Time’ federal grants

LACONIA — The Laconia School District is excited to announce that it has been awarded two separate competitive federal grant awards as of October 1, 2014 that will provide enhanced support for multiple district initiatives over the next five years. Both grant awards are part of President Obama and Vice President Biden's "Now is the Time" plan to reduce gun violence, increase access to mental health services, and to make schools safer.

Laconia's Project AWARE (Advancing Wellness and Resilience in Education) grant has been awarded from the US Department of Health and Human Services' Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) in the amount of $99,995 over the next two years to provide Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) trainings across the Laconia middle and high schools and all community partners who work with or serve our youth aged 12-18. Laconia, the only district in the state to receive this direct funding, is one of one hundred school districts across the country who have been awarded this funding.

The YMHFA training will support our teachers, school staff and community partners in recognizing and responding to mental health issues among our youth, creating safe and secure schools and promoting the mental health of students in our community. Laconia plans to train 500 individuals, including all middle and high school faculty and staff, over the next two years in YMHFA.

Laconia's School Climate Transformation Grant has been awarded from the US Department of Education, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education's Office of Safe and Healthy Students in the amount of $1,001,053 for the provision of School-wide Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (SWPBIS).

This is a five-year grant that aligns with the efforts of Laconia's current Safe Schools/Healthy Student Program and will allow the district to build district capacity to provide, improve and expand the multi-tiered systems of SWPBIS across all five of our schools. Laconia, the only district in the state to receive this direct funding, is one of 71 school districts in 23 states to receive this funding.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 November 2014 12:33

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Children’s author is artist-in-residence at Gilmanton School

GILMANTON — Author and illustrator Marty Kelley, whose humorous children's books, include "The Messiest Desk" and "Winter Woes," is the 2014 Artist in Residence at Gilmanton School.

As part of the Artist in Residence program, Kelley will be working with Gilmanton School students in all grades from Nov. 17 to Nov. 21. He will be working with the seventh graders as the core group. Kelley will be teaching students how to enhance their writing skills using illustrations.

The culminating of the Kelley's work with the students will take place on Friday, Nov. 21, at 6 p.m. at the Gilmanton Year-Round Library. At that time Kelley will read from his newest book "Albert's Almost Amazing Adventure!" Student work from his sessions will also be on display.

The Artist in Residence program at Gilmanton School is made possible by support from the NH State Council on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Gilmanton School District, and the Gilmanton P.T.A.

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Huot Technical students help winterize Weirs parks

LACONIA — Students from the Huot Technical Center, Plumbing and Heating Program, recently partnered with the Laconia Parks and Recreation Department to winterize Endicott Rock Park.

The second year Plumbing and Heating students are competent in the skills needed to close down the public parks and with the guidance of their teacher Mike Schofield, they confidently shut off the water supplies to all the public parks, beaches and ball fields in the Laconia area.

The Huot Plumbing and Heating program is a two-year program for students from Belmont, Franklin, Gilford, Interlakes, Laconia and Winnisquam. Students will learn a variety of skills to include residential and community plumbing and heating systems, understand the basic principles of HVAC and oil burner systems. They will also earn an OSHA-10 card, which is very important in the construction industry. The Plumbing and Heating students have many opportunities to a secure future, as 80% of the 2014 graduates successfully obtained employment and several of them are enrolled in an apprenticeship program.

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Art Association announces Artists of the Month

LACONIA — The Lakes Region Art Association has announced the works of nine artists have been selected for this month's Artists of the Month Program.

The following member artists will each have art work on display until Nov. 17 at these Lakes Region business locations: Pamela Charon, Belknap Mill, Laconia; Don Frost, Northway Bank, Meredith; Jean Kennedy, Franklin Savings Bank, Gilford; Gisela Langsten, Northway Bank, Belknap Mall, Belmont; Elaine Morrison, Bank of New Hampshire, Gilford; Mona Smith, Northway Bank, Tilton; Mary Truell, Northway Bank, Laconia; Wendy Wilson, Franklin Savings Bank, Main Office, Franklin; Sharon Zimmerman, VynnArt Gallery and Art Supplies, Meredith.

As the association draws from the entire Lakes Region, this program is aimed at exposing the association and its members' work across the entire area.

Each month, a jury selects from submissions by member artists to be featured at various businesses in the Lakes Region. These original pieces might be oil or acrylic paintings, watercolors, pastels, photos or collages.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 November 2014 12:20

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