MANCHESTER — There is still time to donate new school supplies to Citizens Bank Gear for Grades program that will send 3,000 local children back to school with important items to help them learn. Now through August 9 pencils, pens, notebooks, folders and other school supplies can be donated at any Citizens Bank branch across New Hampshire.
The Gear for Grades program is a part of Citizens Helping Citizens Strengthen Communities, the bank's program for contributing to the economic vitality of communities. Since 2003, the program has helped more than 215,000 children across the bank's footprint where it operates as Citizens Bank in New England and the Mid-Atlantic and Charter One in the Midwest.
This year's program is in partnership with Child and Family Services of NH, the New Hampshire Union Leader and 95.7 WZID.
In Plymouth 140 backpacks will be donated to community organizations including A+ Plymouth Elementary School's afterschool program as well as Whole Village Family Resource Center.
In Laconia backpacks will be donated to the Family Resource Center of Central NH.
Last Updated on Friday, 02 August 2013 08:56
ASHLAND — The Ashland Historical Society is raising money to paint the exterior and to make repairs to the Ashland Railroad Station Museum.
Last painted fifteen years ago during its restoration, the station is now in desperate need of repainting. The deteriorating paint gives visitors a poor impression of the Museum, and a fresh coat is needed to protect the building. The Society hopes to raise $5,000 for the painting and minor repairs. Donations can be sent to the Ashland Historical Society at PO Box 175, Ashland NH 03217.
Last Updated on Friday, 02 August 2013 08:51
MEREDITH — Pemi Youth Center was chosen as one of nineteen non-profit agencies across the greater Lakes Region to receive a grant from the Meredith Village Savings Bank charitable fund. The Center will use the $5,000 grant to support their After School Program, which provides a safe, supervised, after school environment that engages youth in educational and enrichment activities to support academic and social development.
All services at the Pemi Youth Center are provided at no cost to youth or their families. Staff and volunteers provide positive role models and mentors for attendees and lead them in a variety of after school activities including: academic support, mentoring, creative arts, recreational activities, cooking, empowerment groups, drug and alcohol prevention, a science program, community service opportunities, college planning assistance, and more.
In addition to these activities, the group prepares a healthy meal daily and 90% of participants eat dinner each week night at the Center.
"At Pemi Youth Center, we take a holistic approach to our After School Program, ensuring that we are not only helping students succeed academically, but also socially and emotionally," said Jessica Dutille, Executive Director for Pemi Youth Center. "Through the building of relationships and participation in activities, our youth attendees develop confidence and self-esteem as well as new interests and skills. This generous support from MVSB will help us continue to provide a high quality after school program to the Greater Plymouth and Grafton County communities."
CAPTION — Pemi Youth Center Executive Director Jessica Dutille (middle row, second from left), Program Director Brian Dutille (back row, left), Board Member Richard Hage (back row, right), Volunteer youth and volunteers gather with Meredith Village Savings Bank’s Sara Custance (back row, second from left) and Martha Clifford (middle row, right) in front of the Center to acknowledge a recent $5000 grant from the Meredith Village Savings Bank fund to help support the Center’s After School Program. (Courtesy photo)
Last Updated on Friday, 02 August 2013 08:48
GILMANTON —Gilmanton Old Home Day's first annual Tug of War will be held at Old Home Day on Saturday, Augsut 10.
The Gilmanton Old Home Day Association is reviving an old event and calling it the annual Tug of War. There will be two age groups between ages 6 and 17, and a special age group for adults 18 and over.
All team members must give their name and age and will be weighed in. Decision of the judges will be final. There will be no prizes. Contact George Roberts at 603-267-8151 with questions.
Last Updated on Friday, 02 August 2013 08:41