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Pelham~Windham News Volume 8 Number 23 December 23, 2010 14 Pages Polar Express Party Visited by Santa by Doug Robinson

Dressed in pajamas, stockings, slippers, robes, and stocking hats, over 100 children attended the movie showing of Polar Express at Windham High School. The movie was just an introduction to the events of the day. Santa was coming. Sponsored by students raising funds for their upcoming trip to the 2011 Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Scotland, the children’s party included hot cocoa, cookies, and the making of Christmas tree ornaments. Children also mixed oatmeal with glitter, only to be taken home and spread on their front lawns. As the story is told, Santa’s reindeer will smell the oatmeal, lead Rudolph to the oatmeal, upon which Rudolfph will light up the glitter and lead Santa to every little boy and girl’s home to deliver the presents. “The Edinburgh Festival Fringe, dating

back to 1947, is the biggest arts festival in the world and takes place every August for three weeks in Scotland’s capital city. Every year, thousands of performers take to a multitude of stages all over Edinburgh to present shows for every taste. From big names in the world of entertainment to unknown artists looking to build their

careers, the festival caters for everyone and includes theatre, comedy, dance, physical theatre, musicals, operas, music, exhibitions and events,” states Edinburgh Fringe. “Have you been naughty or nice?” could be heard coming from Santa as the children

sat upon his lap. Santa and Mrs. Claus listened to the requests of “iPods, music CDs, makeup,” and toys for their brothers and sisters. “Go to bed early,” Santa would then say, and “have a very Merry Christmas.”

Dear Olivia, 5; Zoey, 6; and Jack, 7, from Windham ask Santa for arts and crafts, a DSI, and a race car Kids Mentoring Kids

by Karen Plumley Every other Thursday after school at the Pelham Public Library, middle school kids volunteer their time to help teach a group of elementary students how to play chess. Children’s Librarian Debbie Laffond started up the chess club in the fall after she received a suggestion from a patron. “A family with a third grader who was very interested in the game of chess contacted me and suggested we start up a club. I thought it was a great idea,” Laffond described. Before getting started, she contacted Pelham Memorial math

teacher and chess club supervisor Mr. Palmieri who advised her on starting up the club. Additionally, Palmieri contacted his chess club students and several stepped up to mentor.

“It’s really a perfect fit;

the mentors can share and reinforce what they know while the little ones are thrilled to be learning the game from the big kids,” said Laffond. “It has been a great experience for everyone involved.” One mentor, Jesse Hayes, 15, from Pelham is enjoying his time teaching the younger kids how to play.

“It’s a good learning

opportunity. I’m learning how to teach by mentoring in a subject [chess] that I know a lot about,” he said. Jesse has had two or three students, essentially beginners, through the fall. He started by teaching them about the rules, how the chess pieces move, and how to capture. Over the course of the last few weeks, his kids have really improved. Jesse explained, “I am now trying to emphasize that they need to think ahead. They need to think about their next moves to determine if anything bad might happen if they move there.” Jesse and the other middle school mentors (such as 14-year-old

Thomas Collins and 12-year-old A.J. Noel) are earning community service credits for their volunteer work with the children at the library. Community service is now something that colleges and universities regard very highly during the application process. Laffond says it would be great to have a few more mentors, since more and more elementary students, through word of mouth, are

Jesse Hayes, 15, from Pelham mentors elementary students in chess at the Pelham

Public Library chess club, which is offered on the first and third Tursdays of each month, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Pictured here is Jesse Hayes with Pelham first graders Ella MacLean and Brooke Lundin on Tursday, December 16.

joining. The library supplies the chess sets, many of which were donated by the middle school chess club. According to Laffond, there have also been a few adults who have stopped by to pick up some pointers. If enough interest persists, the library may consider holding an adult version of the chess club sometime soon. For more information or to volunteer, contact the library at 635-7581.

Holiday at Delahunty

by Robyn Hatch This year’s Holiday at Delahunty’s again occurred at 41 Range Road in Windham. There was a full assortment of indoor and outdoor greenery and products, with Christmas trees as tall as 16 feet. This was a special kids’ day, complete with a jolly Santa Claus ready to pose for photos. Snacks were also enjoyed all afternoon. Good job, Santa and Delahunty! Can’t wait to see your surprises next season!

Crossroads Baptist Church 43 Atwood Road, Pelham

Friday, December 24: 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.

St. Patrick Parish 12 Main Street, Pelham

Friday, December 24: Children’s Christmas Pageant – 3:45 p.m., Christmas Mass – 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Saturday, December 25: Midnight Mass – 12 a.m., Christmas Mass – 9:30 a.m.

Windham Presbyterian Church 1 Church Road, Windham

Friday, December 24: Children’s Christmas Worship – 5 p.m., Christmas Worship – 6:30 p.m.

Beautiful flowers for sale Liam, 4; Connor, 3; and Declan Mullaly, 1 School Board Votes to Move Ahead with ‘Project Lead the Way’

by Barbara O’Brien After taking some extra time to consider the costs and advantages, members of the Windham School Board have decided to move ahead with instituting “Project Lead the Way” at Windham High School, starting with the 2011-2012 school year. There is one contingency to that decision, however. The Windham School District must receive grant money from the New Hampshire Department of Education, in order for the science/ mathematics enrichment program to become part of the new high school’s curriculum. “Project Lead the Way” classrooms are

currently in more than 4,000 high schools, covering all 50 states, and providing education to a total of more than 350,000 students. According to literature provided during a recent workshop, “It’s a classroom that’s unlike any other you’ve ever been in. A space filled with the latest design software, advanced materials and cutting-edge equipment. It’s a place that’s buzzing with project- based assignments, like programming robots and analyzing DNA samples. Where facts and figures are turned into ingenuity and inventiveness. Where the four walls of the classroom open up and lead to real-world challenges and

opportunities – from energy and the environment, to housing and healthcare, to transportation and technology.” Locally, “Project Lead the Way” is taught at Pinkerton Academy in Derry and Alvirne High School in Hudson. According to SAU #28 Assistant Superintendent Amanda Lecaroz, “Project Lead the Way” is centered on the most vital fields of learning and essential professions; ones that are needed in the world today and will continue to be in demand in the future. These career choices include science, technology, engineering and mathematics. “Completion of the program makes students very

competitive nationally if they are applying to engineering colleges,” Lecaroz said. If the State grant is received for “Project Lead

the Way”, Lecaroz said, it would wipe out any additional expenses for the Windham School District for the first two years, as well as pay for any equipment required. The grant money has already been applied for, but a response has not yet been received. The estimated cost per year of instituting “Project Lead the Way” would be about $8,000, according to Lecaroz. When questioned by School Board Chairman continued to page 7- Lead the Way

This publication will be the last issue for 2010, as we will be entering into a vacation week after Christmas. As we close out year 2010, I remain filled with the overwhelming, caring attitude that exists in the five communities within which we serve with our newspapers: Hudson, Litchfield, Pelham, Windham, and Salem. During this past year, we have published thousands of stories of individual triumphs, tributes, and tragedies. We have published many more stories about Town budgets, Town banter, and Town battles. But what strikes me in the heart most of all, regarding all the thousands of stories and tens of thousands of words we have published, is how caring, how kind, and how connected our lives are together. While we battle the battles together, much like all families do, we all want what is best for our families, our children of today, and of tomorrow. As we enter into a New Year, I remain humbled by how much I, in my personal life and in my professional life, have been blessed by the sharing of those battles together. Our communities are not known as villages that sit on the sidelines and watch the world go by. We are involved, informed, and interested. As we march forward, fighting the fight, I wish to take the time to thank you. Thank you for your volunteerism. Thank you for your continued letters, both for and against the stories we write. Thank you for contributing to the communities in which we live. Year 2011 will bring new challenges, new beginnings, and new opportunities for us all. Let us continue to remain steadfast to our shared values and our shared concerns. By continuing to work together, there is no telling how far we can grow individually, as well as a community. Merry Christmas and a very Safe and Happy New Year.




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staff photo by Doug Robinson

staff photo by Karen Plumley

staff photo by Robyn Hatch

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