To The Daily Sun,
On behalf of Laconia High School's English Department, I offer our sincerest thank-you to everyone who made our 2nd Annual Team Spelling Bee an unprecedented success. In collaboration with our district's schools and local businesses, we procured 2,770 jars of peanut butter and jelly for Got Lunch! Laconia.
Of all the schools in the Laconia School District, Woodland Heights Elementary School donated the most jars for our cause: 1,059! This number is proof of its staff's ability to create a positive school culture. The warm reception I received from "Whiskers," the WHS mascot, was matched only by March 31's "Morning Meeting" at Pleasant Street School. There, Principal Dave Levesque presented Laconia High School's English Department with over 600 jars.
Karen Bassett from Wayfarer Coffee Roasters, Gregory Packard from Burrito Me, Tara Madison from 98.3 WLNH, and Brian Burns from Hannaford served as the night's official pronouncers. Pat Kelly from 107.3 WEMJ served as our radio announcer. Sarah Gray from Body Covers designed and donated screenprinted t-shirts for the champions. Sarah operated our shot-clock, as well.
The roles these community members play are vital. The partnership between Laconia's schools and its local businesses reinforces one immutable truth: we all share a stake in our children's educational experiences. These business representatives understand fully this sentiment.
Hector's Fine Food & Spirits, Patrick's Pub & Eatery, Happy Cow, 405, Sal's Pizza, Dunkin' Donuts, Laconia House of Pizza, and McDonald's all donated gift cards for door-prizes.
I'd like to express my gratitude for Jason Lacroix's, Steven Bouffard's, and Ken Martin's contributions, too: popping popcorn, printing posters, and engraving the winners' plaque, respectively.
Because of all these willing volunteers, Laconia High School's English Department hosted a fun, academic challenge, which promoted students' success and supported one of our city's greatest altruistic organizations, "Got Lunch!" Let's continue to reclaim the narrative about Laconia's public schools, and let's work towards honing the shared vision of success that makes our city so special.
Tate Aldrich, Chair
Laconia High School