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Public invited to Projects Display and Pizza Cafe at Sant Bani School tonight

SANBORNTON — All over the country, schools are recognizing the value of project-based learning, and are adding time in their schedules for this type of learning; however, Sant Bani School (SBS) in Sanbornton has been committed to project-based learning since its founding in 1973. The public is invited to see all of this year's projects at the Projects Display and Pizza Café on Friday, March 13, from 4:30 p.m. to  7 p.m.

SBS gives students two weeks, including the traditional February break week, to work on an individual project based on what they are passionate about learning. Students start by writing a formal proposal which must be approved by the Projects Period Committee, made up of teachers from different grades and subjects, and culminates with students formally presenting their work to a group of mixed-age students and teachers when they return to school. Students have been exploring a wide range of hands-on learning experiences including job-shadowing, service projects, travel journals, large scale art projects, cooking and more

"During Sant Bani's Projects Period, the sky truly is the limit," says Projects Period Committee Chair Ann Littlefield, who is the 5th grade Language Arts teacher and Director of Special Services, "it is up to each student and his/her imagination and creativity to create their learning plan."

A great example of this student-directed learning can be seen by visiting The Dumont family in New Hampton with eighth grader, Paige, sixth grader, Cassidy and third grader, Jolee. Paige's project was inspired by sitting next to Kindergartener Emma Torsey on the school bus. She learned that Emma's family raises sled dogs at their farm in Plymouth. Paige had recently adopted an Australian shepherd, Olive, and knew that this breed of dog is happiest when it has a job to do. She thought perhaps driving a sled could be that job for Olive. When it was time to write her Projects Period proposal, she asked the Torseys if she could work at the farm for two weeks and learn about training sled dogs.

"I have learned that taking care of all of these dogs is a lot harder and messier than I thought," Paige says. "I never could have imagined how tough it is to lift a husky into the kennel on the truck. I have also learned a lot about dogs and their different personalities. It has made me learn more about Olive, my own dog, and what she might be thinking or trying to tell me. It has been a lot of hard work, but it has been fun work."

Cassidy, combined two of her strongest interests, community service and sewing, to come up with her project plan. She is hand-stitching 25 felt and fabric stuffed owls and including inspirational poems to donate to patients at the Children's Hospital at Dartmouth Hitchcock (CHaD).

"I hope the owls will cheer up the kids at ChaD and make them feel more at home than in a hospital," Cassidy says. She got the idea to make and donate these owls after her younger cousin was diagnosed with colon cancer. Her cousin's favorite animal is an owl, so Cassidy made her cousin a stuffed one. "It really cheered my cousin up, so I thought I could do the same for other children. I am really looking forward to mailing these owls to the hospital after Projects Period."

The youngest Dumont sister, Jolee, in third grade, wanted to learn a second language. "I want to be able to talk to anyone who is deaf. I got the idea while looking at a book in the school library," Jolee says. "I have been learning sign language by reading books and using a program online through YouTube. My favorite part has been learning different signs for animals; I am making a poster of these signs right now to share as my finished project."

"Sant Bani's Projects Period is not only about the finished product, it is about the process,"says Littlefield. Student's proposals must include what they want to learn, how they plan to learn it, what resources they will use and what their goal is. All projects are great learning experiences: sometimes the students who struggle to meet their original project goals learn the most," Littlefield explains. The process of reflection and presenting their work to fellow students and their teachers is a wonderful culmination of Projects Period.

The sixth grade class sells dinner as a fundraiser, and all projects are on display throughout the school's main building. Select projects will also be displayed at the Sanbornton Public Library from March 17 through March 28.

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Inaugural "Chef's Table" fundraising event March 27

LACONIA — Chef Patrick Hall is beginning to prepare for LRCC's inaugural "Chef's Table" fundraising event on Friday, March 27, at 6 p.m., to be held in the Lakes Region Community College's Academic Commons.

All proceeds go to the college's Student Scholarship Fund.

Joining Hall will be Lakes Region and central New Hampshire renowned chefs, Scott Jones from the Concord Co-op; Alan Zick, Executive Chef of the Common Man family of restaurants; and Nicole Barreira, Head Chef for T-Bones and Cactus Jack's restaurants in Laconia. The dessert and pastry chef will be Annie Bridgeman of Annie's Café and Catering in Laconia. Sponsors include Cross Insurance, Mill Falls Marketplace, Hermit Woods Winery, and Follett Higher Education Group.

"The 'Chef's Table' event will be like a Rock Star Chefs experience where the chefs will be offering five-course meals paired with wine samplers for each meal," continues Hall. "The 'Chef's Table' is the first fundraiser of its type done at LRCC and will be quite interactive; everyone will have a great time!"

Tickets for the event are $75/person. Silent auction donations will be accepted now through Friday, March 27. All proceeds will go towards the LRCC Student Scholarship Fund for the "Chef's Table" event. For additional information and to make reservations, contact LRCC Student Affairs Secretary, Randi Provencal at 524-3207 ext. 6799.

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Comedy Night with Juston McKinney at Church Landing on April 3

MEREDITH — Kidworks Learning Center has set the stage for Comedy Night at Church Landing in Meredith on Friday, April 3 with the help from presenting sponsor CruCon Cruise Outlet and corporate sponsors Mill Falls at the Lake and Meredith Village Savings Bank. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the warm-up act will take the stage at 8 p.m.

Headlining the event is Juston McKinney. He has appeared on a half dozen Comedy Central specials, including a half-hour Comedy Central Presents feature, and most recently in his 1-hour special Juston McKinney: A Middle Class Hole, which was released by Warner Bros. on CD and DVD. McKinney has appeared numerous times on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Conan O'Brien, and he was chosen to be a part of Comedy Central's Blue Collar Comedy Next Generation Tour with Bill Engval, airing on TBS. Juston has also hosted his own radio program on Sirius/XM radio, Live from the Woods with Juston McKinney.

McKinney's TV credits include The King of Queens, The Sidney Lumet drama, and 100 Centre Street. Film credits include The Zoo Keeper and Here Comes the Boom. He is currently developing his web series "Hosed" into a full-length feature film.

Tickets are $25 per person and include a dining coupon for Buy One Entrée Get the Second Entrée Half Price at Camp, Lago, Lakehouse or Giuseppe's for the night of the show. Tickets can be purchased at Meredith Mobil (across from the town docks) and Kidworks Learning Center, by e-mailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 279-6633.

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Meredith Democrats to elect officers, delegates at March 23 meeting

MEREDITH —  The Meredith Democrats will meet at 6 pm, Monday, March 23 at the Meredith Community Center, One Circle Drive, Room to elect town Democratic officers and delegates to the New Hampshire Democratic Party state convention. Local Democratic Committee officers and delegates have a vote at annual state Democratic Party conventions, to approve the party platform.
"New Hampshire Democrats are already excited about working to elect responsible leaders for New Hampshire and Meredith. Our caucus provides a great opportunity for anyone who wants to be part of New Hampshire's unique grassroots-style politics," said Denise Doyle, the Meredith Democratic chair.
There is no cost to attend the caucus, and it is open to all members of the public. Any registered Democrat, regardless of past political experience can run for an officer or delegate position.
"Meredith residents are eager to elect representatives who will work to create good jobs and expand opportunities for middle class families," continued Doyle. "The effort to elect those representatives – strong Democrats up and down the ticket including a Democratic president, begins with the March, 23rd caucus."
Those planning to attend are asked to send an  email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

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