Guilford Selectman Proclaim Celebrate G.P.S Day!

(From a recent press release)

Guilford—Guilford Selectmen recently issued a proclamation declaring April 16, 2010 as Celebrate Guilford Primary School Day, urging that “this day be observed by taking time to recognize and acknowledge the important role Guilford Primary School, and all our schools play in making our communities great.” Noting that “our schools contribute not only to the growth of students but also to the growth and health of our communities” selectmen also acknowledged that “our schools are the backbone of our democracy, providing young people with the tools they need to maintain our nation’s precious values of freedom, civility, and equality.”

Community leaders, teachers, students and parents will gather at the Valley Grange Hall and culminate Guilford Primary School Day with a community potluck supper at 6:00 PM. At 7:30 PM Valley Grange Leaders will present the school with their annual Community Citizen of the Year Award. The public is invited and will be given an opportunity to provide testimonials to the accomplishments and community services the school’s teachers, staff, and kids make.

Valley Grange Program Director Walter Boomsma notes that there is a special irony in that the day is also the day the school’s Jump Rope for Heart culminates. Jump Rope for Heart provides students with an opportunity to learn how their hearts work and how to take care of them through physical activity and nutrition. And they will learn about children who have been affected by cardiovascular disease and how they can help them. In short, children have fun and feel good by helping others.

“The kids have been busy collecting pledges and practicing their jump roping skills,” Boomsma noted. “But this is just one example. It seems like there is always something going on at the school that not only benefits the community but also provides real life learning opportunities for the students. That’s why we chose them to receive this award.”