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Pelham - Windham News | November 18, 2011 - 3

The Word Around Town... Letters to our Editor

Boys & Girls Club of Salem Needs to Raise Funds to Receive Grant

Recently, the Boys & Girls Club of Salem was selected by the Board of Governors of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America to receive a Capacity Building Grant for $10,000. Te requirements of this grant are that the Club staff attend Formula for Impact Training program, track participation of Club members, engage the Board of Directors and implement a Formula for Impact at the Salem Club. Te requirements will take a great deal of commitment and time from our dedicated team of professionals. As we commit to this challenge, we hope that the community will be able to help us with a 2 to 1 match as we need to raise $20,000 by December 31 to be eligible to receive this grant. “Our Formula begins with the young people in our Club. By implementing the Five Key Elements for Positive Youth Development, offering high-yield activities, providing targeted programs and encouraging regular attendance, young people are more likely to achieve positive outcomes,” says Michael Goodwin, Chief Professional Officer of the Boys & Girls Club of Salem. Your support and generosity is appreciated by all who walk through our doors. Working together, communities and Clubs can make a dramatic difference in the lives of our young people. We can give them the tools and support they need to graduate from high school and lead healthy lives. Our youth face serious risks in today’s world, but Boys & Girls Clubs offer solutions. Under the careful guidance and understanding of professional staff, Club members can participate in a variety of programs specifically designed to inspire and enable them to succeed. Please help us raise the funds necessary to satisfy the

requirements for this grant. For more information, call Denise Dolloff at the Boys

& Girls Club at 898-7709, ext. 16. Donations can be made through the Club’s Website: or by mail: Boys & Girls Club of Salem, 3 Geremonty Drive, Salem, NH 03079.

Denise Dolloff, Boys & Girls Club of Salem - Salem Windham Women’s Club

November Coat and Sweater Drive Tank You

Te GFWC Windham Women;s Club want to thank

everyone in community for their caring and giving at our annual Coat and Sweater drive that was held November 5 at Town Hall.

Te amount was 719 items donated and many will be so warm and happy because of you! Te coats and sweaters were distributed to the following organizations: Shepherd’s Pantry, Windham; Human Resources, Salem; New Horizons, Manchester; Sunshine Soup Kitchen, Derry; and First Baptist Church, Derry. We especially thank the following places in Windham for bins for donations: Nesmith Library, Shaws Supermarket and Windham Co-op Kindergarten. Tank you to places of business in Windham and surrounding towns for us to place flyers. Tank you to co-chairs of this project Patricia Russell and Jean Hart and members who volunteered their time to sort, count, and bag, a thank you to Ed Russell who also helped in the counting. We greatly appreciate your caring support!

Windham Woman’s Club - Windham

A Big Tank You From FLOW

For the past few weeks you may

remember having read articles in the paper from the Friends of the Library of Windham (FLOW) looking to recruit new board members to help save the organization. After numerous years of exceptional dedication to FLOW, many of our board members had stepped down this year to pursue other volunteer opportunities within the community. Tis left five of us wondering how it would be possible to run the organization and the Strawberry Festival, the town of

Windham’s largest community event. So, we told you that FLOW was in jeopardy and we needed people to help us!

And did you ever!! Our meeting in October was attended by more than 30 people and we were able to fill the FLOW Board and the Strawberry Festival Board for 2011-2012 with many new friends and faces. We were overwhelmed by the tremendous response and want to thank everyone who came out that night to support our great organization. FLOW provides so many wonderful programs to the library and community and we did not want to see those opportunities go away. We are so excited by the talented and diverse group

that now make up the FLOW and Strawberry Festival Boards. I would like to take a moment to introduce our new Boards: FLOW Board: Pamela Skwiot, President; Nicole

Swannack, Vice President; Robin Krane, Book Fair; Angela Moynihan, Programming; Cindy Jutras, Programming; Michelle Feyler, Programming; Michelle Stith, Treasurer; Jennifer Simmons, Secretary; Lisa Panteli, Membership; Kim Capici, Publicity; Elyse Tornton, Web Master and Newsletter; Diane Dube, Holiday Crafts. Strawberry Festival Board: Michelle Stith, Festival Chair and Treasurer; Laura Bellavia, Festival Chair; Jennifer Simmons, Logistics and Volunteers; Michelle Feyler, Logistics; Robin Crane, Book Fair; May Wan, Food; Keleigh McAllister, Food; Diane Dube, Drinks and Ice; Amy Kramer, Games; Kelly Larson, Games; Teresa McLaughlin, Volunteers and Balloon Animals; Bev Donovan, Grills; Lisa Panteli, Membership; Jen Gallant, Raffles; Jen Martino, Raffles; Gail Blandford, Sponsorship; Jessica Miller, Sponsorship; Amanda Laws, Entertainment; Kim Capici, Publicity; Lisa Tornton, Shortcakes and Dunk Tank; Katie Murphy, Face Painting; Marie Bozzi, Sand Art. Tank you to everyone who supports the Friends of the Library of Windham. It is volunteers like these, who give so much back to our wonderful community, schools, and library, which make our organization successful. It is wonderful to be a part of a town that supports the community when the need arises.

Pamela Skwiot, FLOW President, 2011-2012 – Windham

Overcrowding in Windham Schools Needs to be Addressed I have lived in Windham for ten years. Since

living in Windham, I have been actively involved in supporting public education. In 2003, I founded the Windham Public Kindergarten Initiative, and along with many others worked towards bringing public kindergarten to Windham. In the 2009, I co-founded Windham LINK, a Website dedicated to informing residents about education needs in our community. Most recently, I served on the Facilities Master Planning Committee.

Te Committee’s primary objective was to

recommend a long-term facilities plan to the School Board. Our group of sixteen consisted of School Board members, principals and directors of all the schools, administration, architects, community members and the District Facilities Manager. We conducted extensive research, sight tours, and population studies. We presented our preliminary findings to the Board in January of 2011 and a Master Plan recommendation in June of 2011. What did we learn? Te overcrowding situation in our schools today is more critical than it has ever

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been. Since the year 2000, Windham has grown by 25 percent. Recent projections suggest that we currently have a total student population that is approximately 85 percent of what projected levels will be within the next ten years. We need space. Voters approved Phase

One of the Master Plan which is being carried out through the construction of the kindergarten addition to Golden Brook School. Phase Two is being reviewed by the School Board. Te Committee recommended the renovation of Windham Middle School into a two-house structure for grades 5-8. Grades 5/6 and 7/8 would be in separate wings of the building and share core facilities. Te Committee also considered constructing a new Middle School on the Ledge Road property. Tere are critical capacity issues facing all three of our lower grade schools. We need to act now ensure there will be a bond on the ballot this March to complete Phase Two of the Master Plan by 2014. Lavallee Brensinger

Architects was contracted by the District to develop and provide solutions for adding capacity to meet current and future student population needs. According to a construction schedule they presented to the Board last spring, if a bond to renovate or build passes in the March 2012 election, the earliest time we could occupy a new building would be January 2014 (just over two years from now). If you have a child currently in fifth grade or younger, they would benefit from changes made at the Middle School level. Why the Middle School? Te Middle School is significantly over crowded (by 166 percent) resulting in the compromising of space for “specials” and special education. Due to a lack of facilities and the inability to offer Tech Ed (i.e. Wood Shop) and Family Consumer Sciences (i.e. Home Economics), the school is technically an elementary school. Only half of the science classes have labs available to them and currently half of the Library is a makeshift classroom. Tis year, several sixth-grade Spanish classes have 30 students. Tis is the maximum number of students allowed at any grade level in New Hampshire. Te benefits of renovating or building a Middle School are widespread. Children currently in fifth grade and below would benefit from any construction at the Middle School level. Fifth grade could be included at the Middle School, which solves the space issues at Center School; eliminating the need for a third grade split between Center School and Golden Brook as it is this year. Golden Brook could house kindergarten through second grade. By keeping the on-site portable classroom at Golden Brook, there would have enough space until Phase Tree of the

Master Plan is implemented. Try to think back as to why you chose to live here,

why you wanted to raise your family here, and what it is that makes you proud to say you live in Windham. Doing this for our children is a given, but we owe it to ourselves and to our investment in our homes to make Windham a highly desirable community in which to live. In a town like ours that has grown so fast in such a short period of time, our biggest asset is our schools.

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