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It was great fun serving you at the Old Home Day Taco Bar

To The Daily Sun,

The Belmont High School PTO would like to express its sincere thanks to area businesses for their support of our second annual Taco Bar fundraiser at Belmont Old Home Day. The generosity of our local businesses helps the BHS PTO to meet its goals and helps it to maintain BHS as a school of excellence. We are extremely grateful and could not have done it without you.

We would like to thank El Jimador, Belmont; Shooter's, Belmont; Applebee's, Tilton; Chili's, Tilton; Pizza Hut, Tilton; and The Lobster Connection, Winnisquam. It is always nice to know your support is there for us and we urge our friends and neighbors to visit your restaurants as a special thank you for your support of our kids.

Funds raised are being used to help support student programs, provide resources to our high school and staff, and educate parents on topics of interest. Our newest parent/student program is our It Takes a Village workshops. Workshop topics include drug and alcohol abuse, teen challenges, internet safety, anti-bullying, and other important topics. Additionally, the BHS PTO conducts parent and student community events, college workshops and other support activities.

We would also like to thank all of our local supporters who visited our Taco Bar booth at Belmont Old Home Day. Please be sure to come back and visit us again next year. It was great fun serving you.

Colleen Akerman
BHS PTO Secretary, on behalf of the BHS PTO Board


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Gilford High has cheerleading team for first time in 16 years

To The Daily Sun,

As a student attending Gilford High School, I am excited to announce that we are starting a cheerleading team this year. The last time we had a cheerleading program was 16 years ago. Our hope is that this new team will be around for years to come. We have already had 23 girls express their interest in cheering, most of whom have no prior experience.

As a team, we look forward to our upcoming cheerleading season, where we will learn many new skills and strengthen any preexisting talents. We will begin by cheering for unified basketball games which include a mix of students with and without intellectual disabilities. Our goal is that we will be able to join other spirit teams at various competitions, giving us the opportunity to show our progress, as well as admire others who have a love for the same sport.

Although our passions and aspirations for cheerleading are high, we lack the funds to carry this team toward our goals. We are currently in the process of fundraising for uniforms, tumbling classes, cheerleading mats, music, and competition fees. To do so, we are taking part in Superfund to collect donations from businesses and individuals, as well as planning to run a cheer clinic for elementary and middle school aged children, participate in the Gilford Craft Fair, compile and distribute "care packages" to students before finals, and host a spaghetti dinner.

We are eager to show our dedication to the sport and to our school. We intend to work hard for what we want and make great strides throughout the winter season. The Gilford High School cheerleaders would truly appreciate the support of Gilford and surrounding communities. We hope to see you at one of our events.

Celia Weeks


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