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Gilmanton’s Destination Imagination team needs your support

To The Daily Sun,

The Gilmanton School Destination Imagination team ("Spaghetti & the Meatballs") placed first at their regional tournament in Goffstown on March 19, advanced to "states" in Bedford on April 2, placed second there, and qualified to attend the Destination Global Finals Tournament in Knoxville, Tennessee, May 24-28. Sending five team members, two team managers, and various family members to "globals" is an expensive undertaking. It involves travel, lodging, food, shipping of props, and purchase of pins for pin trading (a huge part of meeting DI team members from other states and countries). The team members and their families began fundraising for this fabulous opportunity by creating a GoFundMe page on April 3. This fundraising page includes a few short videos on the Destination ImagiNation Program as well as the Global Finals event itself and can be found at www.gofundme.com/gilmanton-destination-imagination-q. The children have since been updating their supporters with notes and thank you videos, and pouring their energy into a number of fundraising events.
The first event was an Easter egg hunt, open to the public, held at the Gilmanton Year Round Library, on April 15. A great turnout, along with generous financial support from those attending, and donations from local businesses produced a highly successful first fundraising attempt! Although our thank yous are very belated, they are no less sincere. Thank you to Shaw's of Gilford, Shaw's of Belmont, Walmart of Gilford, Hannaford's of Alton, and the employees of Rite Aid in Laconia for your very generous donations! The raffle table was a huge hit, thanks to your help! Plastic eggs were donated, as well as candy, gift cards, and toys.
Gilmanton community members then rallied to help the team host a bake sale at the school. Thank you to school staff members, school families, and all others for donating baked items, as well as purchasing the goodies. Everyone considered it a smashing success!
Sean of the Gilmanton Ironworks Market was kind enough to choose the DI team as a charity recipient of the series of fun runs that he sponsors every Tuesday and Thursday at 6 p.m.. Although it was a rainy day, 16 runners participated, donating $10 each to the DI team. Thank you Sean for your generosity, as well as keeping a donation jar for DI on your counter! We are indebted to you!
Saturday, May 13, the DI team will host a carnival at Crystal Lake Park from 3-7 p.m., rain or shine. There is a pole barn, so that games will be under cover in case of rain. Some of the games offered will be: Carnival Corn Hole, Tin Can Alley, Lucky Duck Pond, The Lucky Lady (wheel of fortune), Treasure Hunt, Deep Sea Fishin', a "Jail," Stand-A-Bottle, Balloon Dart Game, and Monster Ring Toss. Entertainment includes a photo booth with props, bouncy house from Jolly Jumpers, fortune teller Anne Bunnell, face painting by Star Bunnell, balloon creations with Mo Fun, caricatures with Larry Frates, a DJ, and more. Food and drink will be available for sale at the concession stand including hotdogs, chips, popcorn, drinks, and more. A bake sale table including cotton candy and candied apples will tempt your sweet tooth.
A number of raffle/silent auctions items will be up for grabs, including gift certificates from: Jump n Joy, Patrick's Pub, Jordan's Ice Creamery, Gilford Airport Store, Hannaford Pet Gift Basket, various toys, a $100 Amazon gift card, Styling Products Basket, a "half day deep sea fishing for two", two half cords of wood (20" long); local Gilmanton honey from Jeff McCormack, and much more. Specially printed "Team Spaghetti & The Meatballs Supporter" tees from LDR Productions of Laconia will also be for sale at $15 each.
We welcome one and all to attend the carnival. Bring your friends, family, and neighbors. If you have an item you would like to donate for raffle or silent auction, feel free to contact me. We are seeking high school students who may need community service hours and would like to help in any way: run a game, set up, clean up, etc. We have flyers available to post if you have a location you'd like us to include. We are also happy to email one to you in case you'd like to include it on your Facebook page. We appreciate any help people are able to provide. We have had a very short window of opportunity for our fundraising but have been surprised beyond our wildest expectations with the generous donations that have been contributed so far. We are close to two-thirds of the way to our fundraising goal. Please help these talented, creative, hard working students realize their dream! For more information go to www.facebook.com/GilmantonDI.

Thank you all in advance from the bottom of our hearts.

Judy Wilson
Gilmanton School DI Coordinator

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To Military Mothers – A Mother’s Day Tribute

To The Daily Sun,
This Sunday, moms across the country will be treated to breakfast in bed, homemade cards, bouquets of flowers and fancy dinners in restaurants. But for those who have sons and daughters fighting wars overseas, Mother’s Day won’t be all roses.
The term “Military Mothers” describes two distinct groups of women. On the one hand, it describes mothers whose sons and daughters are members of the military. On the other, it describes mothers who are themselves members of the military.
Though many military mothers have grown used to their children’s absences on Mother’s Day and other special occasions, it doesn’t make those times any easier, especially for moms whose sons and daughters are in the line of fire in Iraq or Afghanistan.
Mothers whose children are in the military and deployed to military bases around the world or serving in a war zone far from home, live with daily fear and worry for the lives of those to whom they gave birth, and nurtured into the fine young men and women they are. They worry that those children may return home with missing limbs or with PTSD, and may not be the same person who deployed, or that they may return in a flag-draped casket.
And mothers, who must leave their children behind to go to a war zone far from home live with daily fear for their own lives because they worry about the possibility that their children may have to grow up without a mother. And they worry about the impact their absence will have on little psyches, and whether that impact will be lasting.
We assure you, both groups are heroes.
And we’d like to wish them, and all the other mothers out there, a Happy Mother’s Day!
Karen Thurston
Blue Star Mothers of New Hampshire, Gilford

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