Blanketeers Needed!

Volunteers will create blankets for children in need

Valley Grange of Guilford is sponsoring a blanket-making event on Saturday, March 28, 2020,  from 9:00 a.m. until noon and volunteers are needed! Organizer Pat Engstrom notes “no sewing skills are needed. If you can measure, cut a straight line with scissors and tie a simple knot you can become a ‘blanketeer’ and help support Project Linus.”

Project Linus, a non-profit organization, provides homemade blankets to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need. A similar event last year resulted in dozens of blankets being made by a diverse group of volunteers. Engstrom hopes to see the number of blankets made increased.

“We have a great time doing this and truly just about anyone can help. We created quite a production line and it sometimes gets competitive! It’s exciting to realize we’re providing love in the form of ‘blankies’ representing love, security, warmth, and comfort to kids.”

While supplies will be provided, volunteers are encouraged to bring scissors, rulers, and masking tape. Light refreshments will be served.

For additional information, contact Pat Enstrom at 564-8290. Valley Grange is located at 172 Guilford Center Road, at the corner of Butter Street.

POSTSCRIPT: There will also be a “sewing” Linus Project in Dover Foxcroft on April 18, 2020 at the Dover Foxcroft Congregational Church, from 9:00 am until 3 PM. Contact Cynthia Vaughn at 884-8898 for more information!

Town Meeting Time!

It’s town meeting season and time to do your civic duty by attending! And as long as you’re going, Valley Grange could use your help.

We appreciate the strong support we receive from individuals, communities and businesses. That support comes in the form of time and money. And since we’re good stewards, 100% of that support directly benefits our local communities in some way.

In spite of our best fundraising efforts, we continue to struggle to support everything we do. However, we are financially challenged every year. Therefore, for 2020 we’ve decided to turn to our local communities for some help. Earlier this a letter was mailed to each town that benefits from our Words for Thirds Dictionary Project. We are asking those towns to consider a small donation to Valley Grange as part of the town’s budget.

When you attend town meeting this year, please stay until the end when these warrant articles are reviewed and voted on. We’d genuinely appreciate a word or two of support from those who are familiar with our efforts to support our kids and communities. Thanks for ALL you do to keep Valley Grange “going and growing.”

As always, if you have any questions, concerns, or ideas do not hesitate to contact a member of join us for a meeting!


View a copy of the letter sent to towns.

View the Valley Grange Fact Sheet summarizing our projects and programs.

Bookworm Schedule February 2020

Bookworm

Bookworms make great Valentines!

Tuesday,  February 4— Mr. Boomsma will be at school for reading starting at 10:00 a.m.

Thursday, February 6 — Mrs. Kimball will be at school for reading starting at 10:00 a.m.

Tuesday, February 11 — Ms. Erwin will be at school for reading starting at 10:00 a.m.

Thursday, February 13 — Mr. Boomsma will be at school for reading starting at 10:00 a.m.

Friday, February 14 — Happy Valentine’s Day!

Monday, February 17 — School Vacation Week! Have fun! Read!

Friday, February  21 — Valley Grange Potluck Supper at 6 PM and meeting at 7 PM

Tuesday, February 25 — Mrs. Orton will be at school for reading starting at 10:00 a.m.

Thursday, February 27 — Ms. Erwin will be at school for reading starting at 10:00 a.m.

Friday, February 28 — Fourth Graders at PCES draw Valley Grange Ads for Newspapers in Education during Art Class.

Family Literacy Activity Calendar

The following article is reprinted with permission from an e-newsletter published by Paul Stearns, State Representative for District 119.

Reading is fun!
Valley Grange Bookworms Rock!

The Maine State Library is marking Maine’s bicentennial year with the publication of the Maine Day by Day Family Literacy Activity Calendar. The perpetual calendar is designed to assist parents, caregivers, teachers and librarians in creative activities that encourage emergent reading. Thirty-thousand calendars were printed with funding from the Maine Bicentennial Committee, the David Family Foundation and the Maine Community Foundation. The calendar is free and copies are being distributed to libraries throughout the state to give to their patrons. Each month features works from Maine authors and illustrators with a focus on a theme around which books, songs, activities, arts and cultural events, and health and family wellness information are centered. The calendar is an easy to use tool for anyone to work with kids on the five early literacy practices – reading, writing, talking, playing and singing. Copies of the calendar can be obtained at Maine public libraries. If a library has not requested copies or need more, they can make a request through the Maine State Library website: https://www.maine.gov/msl/libs/services/MaineDaybyDayFamilyLiteracyActivityCalendar.htm

Bookworm Schedule January 2020

Let’s start the new year with reading!
Bookworm

Thursday, January 2 —  Mrs. Orton will be at school for reading starting at 10:00 a.m.

Tuesday,  January 7— Mr. Boomsma will be at school for reading starting at 10:00 a.m.

Thursday, January 9 — Mr. Boomsma will be at school for reading starting at 10:00 a.m.

Tuesday, January 14 — Mrs. Orton will be at school for reading starting at 10:00 a.m.

Thursday, January 16 — Mrs. Gilbert will be at school for reading starting at 10:00 a.m.

Friday, January 17 — Valley Grange Meeting! Potluck Supper at 6 pm, meeting at 7 pm.

Tuesday, January 21 — Mr. Boomsma will be at school for reading starting at 10:00 a.m.

Thursday, January 23 — Ms. Erwin will be at school for reading starting at 10:00 a.m.

Tuesday, January 28 — Ms. Erwin will be at school for reading starting at 10:00 a.m.

Thursday, January 30 — Mrs. Gilbert will be at school for reading starting at 10:00 a.m.

Bookworm Schedule for December 2019

Best wishes for this holiday season!
Bookworm

Monday, December 2 — Hall cleanup starting at 10:30 am… help is appreciated! Plan on an hour or so.

Tuesday,  December 3 — Mrs. Bosworth will be at school for reading starting at 10:00 a.m.

Thursday, December 5 —  Mrs. Gilbert will be at school for reading starting at 10:00 a.m.

Friday, December 6 Breakfast for Supper at Valley Grange… come in your jammies if you’d like! Supper at 6 pm, brief meeting and holiday program at 7 pm. If you’d like to help with the food, call Mrs. Annis (564-0820) or Mrs. Boomsma (876-4131)!

Monday, December 9PCMS Winter Concert starts at 5:30 pm, featuring grades five and six, and the Middle School Band and Chorus. Held in the elementary school gym!

Tuesday,  December 10 — Mrs. Kimball will be at school for reading starting at 10:00 a.m.

Tuesday, December 10 is Dictionary Day at Harmony Elementary School. Contact Mr. Boomsma for more information.

Tuesday, December 10PCSS Winter Concert starts at 6:30 p.m. in the high school gym!

Wednesday, December 11PECS Winter Concert starts at 5:30 p,m, featuring grades kindergarten through four. Held in the high school gym!

Thursday, December 12 — Mr. Boomsma will be at school for reading starting at 10:00 a.m.

Tuesday, December 17 — Mrs. Lander will be at school for reading starting at 10:00 a.m.

Thursday, December 19 — Mrs. Orton will be at school for reading starting at 10:00 a.m.

Friday, December 20 — Early dismissal for the Holidays! See you all next year!

Spirit of America in Guilford

Photo by Burgess Photography

Among those recently honored by the Spirit of America Foundation were Walter Boomsma–Abbot, John Brainard–Atkinson, Rodney Preble–Bowerbank, Brownville Public Library–Brownville, Friends of Central Hall and Maine Highlands Senior Center–Dover-Foxcroft, Prudy and David Richards–Greenville, Hardwood Products Company –Guilford, Damien Pickel– Milo, Barbara Wilbur–Parkman, Alvina Church –Sangerville, Sebec Community Christian—Sebec, Colleen Ashe—Shirley, and Walter Hish—Wellington.

Valley Grange Places Second in Maine State Grange Community Service Contest!

During the recent Maine State Grange Convention, Valley Grange was awarded a certificate for second place in the Grange’s Community Service Program in Maine. Judging was based on a book prepared and submitted by Mary Annis, Community Service Chairman for Valley Grange.

It’s a Busy Week!

Just a quick post to review this week’s schedule…

Tuesday, October 22, is PCES Dictionary Day and third graders will be visiting the Valley Grange Hall to receive their dictionaries!

Wednesday, October 23 is Ridgeview Dictionary Day and the Valley Grange Team will journey to Dexter to meet third graders and present dictionaries.

Thursday, October 24 is Bookworm Day at PCES and we’ll start with a kickoff assembly at the end of morning meeting… I wonder who will be the first student to ready with a bookworm?

If you have any questions about these events, let us know!

Film at Eleven!

Valley Grange Dictionary Day with SedoMoCha Third Graders to be featured on WVII ABC 7-Fox 22 News   

Today was Dictionary Day for 75 third graders and their teachers who came to the Valley Grange Hall filled with anticipation. In addition to learning about the Grange, students talked with Captain Jack Battick about the Civil War and how the Grange helped reunite the country when it ended. Program Director Walter Boomsma explained what the Grange does, including what we can learn from the four staves. “When we look at the pruning hook, what are examples of things we might want to prune from our classrooms?” In the course of all this, students encountered some unfamiliar words which necessitated a dictionary. Valley Grange members and bookworms helped distribute dictionaries and the kids, as always, went a little wild with excitement. They not only looked up the unfamiliar words, many searched for their names and other information.

A reporter from WLVI–Fox 22 captured much of the excitement and will air a story about the program tonight on the Six and Eleven O’clock News. The story should also be available on their website tomorrow.

Here is the link to the Piscataquis Observer Story: Valley Grange continues to be the definition of generosity.

Captain Jack Battick talks about the Civil War and the Grange’s role in bringing the country together after it was over.