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In Laconia, there are countless people supporting our students

To The Daily Sun,
This past week, I found myself wondering how I could say "thank you" to so many family and community members that continue to do so much for our students at Pleasant Street School.
During Pumpkin Fest, a group of parents went out and purchased over 300 pumpkins for our students, so we could carve them at school. With a cost of over $1,000, they somehow acquired donations and contributed their own hard earned money to support this event. For many of our students, this was their only opportunity to carve a Halloween pumpkin. As you can imagine, the day was awesome.
This past weekend, our Volunteers in Pleasant Street School (VIPSS) coordinated our annual Fall Festival. This community event raises all of the funds our school needs for field trips and enrichment opportunities throughout the year. Through generous donations from the community, PSS families, and faculty members, we were able to have a bake sale, family games and over 50 raffle prizes. VIPSS even had the Laconia Wolves Hockey Team volunteer their time.
Finally, this week, I received a phone call from a parent, stating that he had heard that some students have gone without a meal during the school day. Even when I assured him that we would never let this happen, he still wanted to do something. The next day, I had a $500 check in my hand from this gentlemen to put into an account at PSS. He wanted to make sure that "just in case" a student needs some money for food, we have it.
Many days we read or hear about the negative things that are happening in the Laconia community. I am here to tell you, there are countless people supporting our students. Positive and amazing activities happening in our school every day because of this support. We have a wonderful community that wants what is best for our kids.
With the holiday seasons coming, I know our families will continue to take care of our students across the entire city. It is the little things that make a big difference in a school!
On behalf of the faculty and staff at Pleasant Street School, I want to say "thank you!" You are helping us make a difference every day in our student's lives. You are the reason "WE ARE ... Pleasant Street School!."
David Levesque, Principal

Pleasant Street School - Laconia

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Ahern will ensure that tax dollars aren’t irresponsibly spent

To The Daily Sun,

To the voters of Grafton County I would like to take this opportunity to tell you about my friend, Omer C. Ahern Jr., who is running for District 3, Grafton County Commissioner.

He is a fiscal conservative and he will fight to ensure that your hard-earned tax dollars are not wasted or irresponsibly spent. He is a man of the highest integrity whose word is his bond.

Omer is both a lawyer and tree farmer who can identify with the needs of all people. He is truly a super volunteer. He is active in his church, a member of Rotary and the Grange for decades. In addition he has given many free hours of his legal work to those in financial need.

Lastly I say, "Hit a Homer, Vote for Omer!"

Michael Marino

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