Valley Granger cited in Dictionary Project Newsletter

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Sponsor Spotlight: Walter Boomsma, Valley Grange #144

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Enthusiasm is important to the success of any project, but it is not the only ingredient. Although enthusiasm is frequently the catalyst, the jump-start that gets the engine going, it is commitment that provides for the life and continuity of a dictionary project. Commitment, or the state of being whole-heartedly dedicated to a cause, is what has driven Walter Boomsma to continue The Dictionary Project for the Valley Grange #144 for the past eight years. “My passion is kids first, second and third,” said Boomsma and The Dictionary Project appreciates his efforts to ensure that today’s children have a bright future.

Read the entire article here.

Community Night Successful!

Community Citizen Surprised!

Com Citizen_15SMIn spite of a few last minute glitches (like him showing up early), we managed to keep Community Citizen Matthew Hackett in the dark until the last minute! Matt’s a great guy and some former students admitted to spending time in his office, but also thanked him for always being fair and respecting them. One of the comments that Matt made was that he was always glad when an angry parent showed up at his door because it meant they cared. When you think about it, that makes sense–and it is equally obvious that Matt cares. Special thanks to Roger Ricker for making a great wooden sign for the occasion and to Pat Engstrom for her efforts to get Matt and others to the meeting.

101 Raffle Report

While we don’t keep an exact count of who sells how many, our top ticket sellers this year include Janice and Pat Engstrom, Roger Ricker, Lois Prescott, and Linda Erwin. Our gross receipts were $658 (including a $50 donation of tickets from Bob Carroll and Linda Erwin) so after deducting the cost of the tickets we net $558. Janice likes to say “that’ll buy quite a few dictionaries.” The raffle winner was Craig Fellows, a farmer from Dexter—he was out cutting wood when we called to tell him of his good fortune. Hopefully he’ll scratch off enough winnings to buy some chain saw oil!

Long Timers…

Congratulations to long time members… Kevin Annis and Judy Ricker were present for their 25 year awards. Not present but no less honored were Carolyn and Richard Williams at 55 years and Dora Starbird at 75 years.You know there’s got to be some really good stuff about being a Granger–people stay with it!

May 2015 Bookworm Schedule

Reading is fun!

Anyone who says they have only one life to live must not know how to read a book.

–Unknown


It’s May! It’s May! The lovely month of May! And there is a lot going on!!

Friday, May 1 – Bookworms and members will meet at Valley Grange at 6 PM for some spring cleaning–sweepers and rakers and dusters are welcome! Business meeting starts at 7 PM.

Tuesday, May 5 – Ms. Erwin will be at school to read, 9:30 AM

Thursday, May 7 – Mrs. Kimball will be at school to read, 8:30 AM, PCES Spring Concert starts at 6:00 PM in the gym!

Tuesday, May 12 – Mr. Boomsma will be at school to read, 9:30 AM

Thursday, May 14 – Mr. Lange will be at school to read, 8:30 AM, Art Show opens at 5:00 PM!

Friday, May 15Community Night at Valley Grange… potluck supper at 6:00 PM, program at 7:00 PM

Tuesday, May 19 – Mrs. Lander will be at school to read, 9:30 AM

Thursday, May 21 – Ms. Erwin will be at school to read, 8:30 AM, Third Grade Exhibition at 6:00 PM in the gym!

Monday, May 25 – Memorial Day

Tuesday, May 26 — Mrs. Lander will be at school to read, 9:30 AM

Thursday, May 28 – Mr. Lange will be at school to read, 8:30 AM

Arts Alive is coming soon!

Valley Grange Creates Opportunities!

Community Counts Flyer

WABI TV5 Crew Visits PCES and GrowME

WABI GrowME 2015

Third graders at PCES were already pretty excited because Valley Grange volunteers and bookworms Mrs. Boomsma and Ms. Erwin were coming to help them make “dirt babies” as part of the GrowME Collaboration. But they became even more pumped when they saw WABI’s Caitlin Burchill and a camera operator headed their way. One teacher asked us to pop in and say “Hi” to the kids… and a third grader came rushing up to Cait with a quickly made card for the “wether woman” that said inside, “I love you!”

The resulting video can be viewed on the WABI TV 5 website.

GrowME is a collaboration between Valley Grange, PCSWCD (Piscataquis Soil and Water Conservation District) and UMaine Piscataquis County Extension to build a truly local program of agriculturally themed, hands on activities for kids led by local volunteers. This year’s volunteers included Grangers, Master Gardeners, 4-H Club Members, and community citizens interested in GrowingME, growing kids, and growing plants!

NIE Winning Ads Announced!

Third Grade winners Zachariah Demmer (1st), Olivia Richardson (2nd), Abrielle Kemp (3rd)

Third Grade winners Zachariah Demmer (1st), Olivia Richardson (2nd), Abrielle Kemp (3rd)

Nearly 100 third and fourth graders from Piscataquis Community Elementary School in Guilford were challenged to create an advertisement for Valley Grange as part of the annual “Newspapers in Education” program sponsored by the Piscataquis Observer. This is the seventh year the Grange has sponsored the program. Students have an opportunity to become “Honorary Assistant Publicity Directors” according to Walter Boomsma, Program and Publicity Director for Valley Grange. Under the direction of Art Teacher Jane Daniels students labored to produce ads that would promote the Grange and its programs.

Fourth Grade winners Eli Riitano (1st), Meriel Willey (2nd), Summer Nesbit (3rd)

Fourth Grade winners Eli Riitano (1st), Meriel Willey (2nd), Summer Nesbit (3rd)

The winning ads were featured during an assembly conducted at school by Boomsma on Friday, March 20 Boomsma pointed out “everyone who participated is winner” and the Grange is providing “thank you magnets you can use to hold your school papers on the fridge.” Boomsma also noted that the Grange was particularly pleased so many ads included a reading theme and dictionaries, reflecting the students’ appreciation for the Grange’s Bookworm and Words for Thirds Program. “Our goal with the kids is to create a love of reading and learning. These ads suggest we’re achieving it.”

Third Grade winners announced at the recent school assembly included Summer Nesbit (3rd), Olivia Richardson (2nd), and Zachariah Demmer (1st). Zachariah’s first place drawing suggested “Don’t be a snail, hurry on down to Valley Grange.” Fourth grade winners included Abrielle Kemp (3rd), Meriel Willey (2nd), and Eli Riitano (1st). Eli’s ad included a book being devoured by a book worm while a nearby apple was left uneaten.

All of the winners refused to give an acceptance speech with varying degrees of enthusiasm, but most were “media darlings” when interviewed and photographed by local reporter Mike Lange.

The ads selected as first place winners will appear in the Newspapers in Education supplement of the Piscataquis Observer on March 25th. In addition, winning ads are used on the Grange’s promotional material throughout the year.

Valley Grange Master Jim Annis noted that Valley Grange is happy to sponsor a number of programs at PCES and other schools in the area. “We just love being at the school,” he noted. “These kids are our future and they give us hope.”

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April 2015 Bookworm Schedule

Reading is fun!A book is a dream that you hold in your hand.

–Neil Gaiman


Spring is in the air! And on the ground! What a great time to read! Mrs. Lander is in Florida this month… we’ll miss her!

Thursday, April 2 – Ms. Erwin will be at school to read, 8:30 AM

Tuesday, April 7 – Ms. Erwin will be at school to read, 9:30 AM

Thursday, April 9 – Mr. Boomsma will be at school to read, 8:30 AM

Tuesday, April 14 – Mr. Boomsma will be at school to read, 9:30 AM

Thursday, April 16 – Mr. Lange will be at school to read, 8:30 AM

Friday, April 17 – Bikes for Books Assembly and Drawings! 8 AM in the gym…

Friday, April 17 — Monthly Valley Grange Meeting – potluck supper at 6 PM, meeting at 7 PM.

April 20 – April 24 – Spring Vacation!

Tuesday, April 28 – Mrs. Kimball will be at school to read, 9:30 AM

Thursday, April 30 – Mr. Lange will be at school to read, 8:30 AM

March 2015 Bookworm Schedule

Reading is fun!Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.

–Neil Gaiman


Hope you are keeping track of every book you read… this is a big month with lots of time to read and enter Bikes for Books.

You have to read! You have to! It makes the mind go awesome. It makes the mind go smart.

(attributed to a toddler)

Tuesday, March 3 – Mrs. Lander will be at school to read, 9:30 AM

Thursday, March 5 – Mrs. Lander will be at school to read, 8:30 AM

Tuesday, March 10 – Ms. Erwin will be at school to read, 9:30 AM

Thursday, March 12 – Mr Lange will be at school to read, 8:30 AM

Tuesday, March 17 – Mrs. Lander will be at school to read, 9:30 AM Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!

Thursday, March 19 – Mr. Boomsma will be at school to read, 8:30 AM

Friday, March 20 – Mr. Boomsma will be at morning assembly to announce the winning Newspapers in Education ads!

Friday, March 20 — Monthly Valley Grange Meeting – potluck supper at 6 PM, meeting at 7 PM.

Tuesday, March 24 – Mrs. Kimball will be at school to read, 9:30 AM

Wednesday, March 25 – Don’t forget to pick up your copy of the Piscataquis Observer and see the Newspapers in Education section!

Thursday, February 26 – Mr. Lange will be at school to read, 8:30 AM

Tuesday, March 31 – Ms. Erwin will be at school to read, 9:30 AM

Help a Hero

Troop SupportCommunity Service Director Mary Annis has been advised there is an acute shortage of disposable razors at Togus VA Center—so much so that our heroes are shaving every other day to conserve! (Is there a man among us who has not suffered the results of shaving with a dull razor? OW!) So, let’s see how many packages we can come up by our next meeting (February 20)! Bring ‘em to the meeting… or get them to someone who is coming. Janice is going to see if she can get the folks at the college to help out… what organizations are you involved in that would be willing to help? (I thought about linking this to Coups for Troops, but the idea of kids bringing razors to school doesn’t seem quite right!) If you aren’t coming to the meeting, give them to someone who is! There’s also a need for hairbrushes for the ladies… for some reason they have plenty of combs… This doesn’t seem to be something we need to create a program for… we just need to get it done! You can be a collection center… just get donations to the Grange Hall or Mary Annis… let’s see what we can do! Let’s get the word out and get collecting! Thanks!

 

February 2015 Bookworm Schedule

Reading is fun!A book is a dream you can hold in your hand.

–Neil Gaiman


Have you heard about Bikes for Books (B4B)? We hope so… if not, start keeping track of every book you read!

Tuesday, February 3 – Mrs. Kimball will be at school to read, 9:30 AM

Thursday, February 5 – Mr. Boomsma will be at school to read, 8:30 AM

Tuesday, February 10 – Ms. Erwin will be at school to read, 9:30 AM

Thursday, February 12 – Mr Lange will be at school to read, 8:30 AM

PCES Fifth Grade Band Concert tonight at 6 PM!

Monday, February 16 – Friday February 20 VACATION WEEK! Don’t take a vaction from reading!

Friday, February 16 — Monthly Valley Grange Meeting – potluck supper at 6 PM, meeting at 7 PM.

Tuesday, February 24 – Mrs. Kimball will be at school to read, 9:30 AM

Thursday, February 26 – Mrs Lander will be at school to read, 8:30 AM

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