Somebody Socked It to Us!

Why is FedEx bringing a package? We aren’t expecting anything… Once it arrived, we discovered we have another anonymous Grange Angel. (We have our suspicions!) As the photo shows, inside the box from Target were a number of packs of socks—a generous and nice start to our “Sock It to Me” Collection.

If our math is correct, we have an 80 pair start! We haven’t set a goal but are now starting to wonder how many pairs we might end up with.

We plan to continue collecting through December. There’s a plastic tote on the porch of the Grange Hall where you can “sock it to us.” Better yet bring them to our Breakfast for Supper on December 3, 2021. (Don’t forget to RSVP.) If you want to “drop ship, ship to Walter Boomsma, Valley Grange, 17 River Road, Abbot ME 04406.

We need kids’ sizes and adults’ sizes. Boys, girls, unisex… warm socks are best, obviously but we’re not going to be choosey. We’ll be distributing the socks collected to school nurses where there is a need, either in late December or early January. Thanks for helping us help the kids!

The stockings were piled at the Grange Hall with care
In hopes children’s feet would be saved from cold air!

Sock It to Me! Sock It to Me!

At the November Valley Grange Meeting–at every meeting–we always discuss emerging and existing needs in our communities. One brought to our attention was that several schools in our area have expressed a need for socks! There are too many kids coming to school “sockless” and it’s not a fashion statement. So we’re starting a “sock drive” with the socks collected being distributed to school nurses where there is a need.

We need kids’ sizes and adults’ sizes. Boys, girls, unisex… warm socks are best, obviously but we’re not going to be choosey.

Grange members voted unanimously to make our Breakfast for Supper Program a key sock collection point and date. “We usually collect food cupboard donations at this meeting,” Community Service Chair Mary Annis noted,” so this year we’re adding socks. We’ll have a tote on the front porch of the Grange Hall. For those who can’t come to breakfast, swing by the Grange Hall and sock it to us by leaving some socks in the tote.”

“Since this is sorta last minute,” Program Director Walter Boomsma noted, “We’ll probably continue to collect throughout the month of December. Any and all help will be appreciated! We may try to set up some collection points around the area… if a business or organization is interested in helping with that, call me at 207 343-1842.”

The stockings were piled at the Grange Hall with care
In hopes children's feet would be saved from cold air!
Photo by Pixabay

Dictionary Day 2021 Has Arrived!

A team of Valley Granger members led by Walter Boomsma is delivering over 200 dictionaries to local area schools during the next two weeks. “We have a lot to celebrate,” he noted, “in spite of COVID restrictions, third graders in the area will have a Dictionary Day that focuses on tools, words, and the importance of learning.”

The Grange began its “Words for Thirds” Program in 2004 by giving a dictionary to every third-grader at the then Guilford Primary School. Over the years, the program has expanded to include Piscataquis Community, SeDoMoCha, Brownville, Harmony, and Ridgeview Elementary Schools. Boomsma estimates the Grange has distributed nearly 3,000 dictionaries since. “But it’s really not about the numbers. One kid, one dictionary. The stories are many but each one is personal. A dictionary can make a big difference in a child’s life.”

Since in-person visits are not possible due to safety concerns, the Grange has produced a short video for teachers to use while passing out the dictionaries. In the past, some schools have made field trips to the Grange Hall and Grangers have visited schools to make the gift personal and emphasize the importance of people helping each other. Jim Annis, president of the local Grange, rarely misses a presentation. “I love how excited the kids get. These dictionaries are truly empowering and the program has become a rite of passage. It takes some creativity, but we’re glad we can continue the tradition.”

Boomsma noted that these sorts of links and cooperation within the community are exactly what the Grange hopes to facilitate.  “We’re all about Community Service,” he said. “We’re also looking for people who share that passion whether it’s working with the schools and children or seniors or other community organizations.” He cites the Grange’s Blistered Finger Knitters as an example. “As a result of their efforts, we’ll be distributing some knitted hats and mittens along with the dictionaries. These are usually given to the school nurse for kids who need a little help staying warm.”

Our goal as a Grange is to support building strong communities. We offer a number of opportunities for folks to join us. Financial support is always needed and welcomed. Contributions can be sent to Valley Grange Secretary and Community Service Director at 28 Orchard Road, Dover Foxcroft ME 04426. We also need hands! In addition to mittens and hats for kids, we support the CHCS Hospice Program for veterans by providing lap quilts and afghans. There are always little jobs to be done around the hall. We are updating our project and program list but can say with confidence, we have a way that you can help based on your interest and time.

Come to a meeting or contact a Granger! Share our American values and help feed our hometown roots!

Bookworm Schedule March 2020

Bookworm

Don’t forget your Bikes for Books entry when you finish a book!

Tuesday,  March 3— Mrs Bosworth will be at school for reading starting at 10:00 a.m. Don’t forget to vote today!

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

Tuesday, March 10 — Ms. Orton will be at school for reading starting at 10:00 a.m.

Thursday, March 12 — Mrs. Gilbert will be at school for reading starting at 10:00 a.m.

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

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

Friday, March  20 — Valley Grange Potluck Supper at 6 PM and meeting at 7 PM. We will be magnet making and judging Newspapers in Education Ads!

Tuesday, March 24 — Mrs. Kimball will be at school for reading starting at 10:00 a.m. (Tentative date for announcing Newspapers in Education Winners.)

Thursday, March 26 — Mrs. Gilbert will be at school for reading starting at 10:00 a.m.

Saturday, March 28 — Blanketeers needed at Valley Grange, 9:00 am until noon.

Tuesday, March 31 — Mr. Boomsma will be at school for reading starting at 10:00 a.m.

Bookworm Schedule February 2020

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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.

Bookworm Schedule January 2020

Let’s start the new year with reading!
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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!
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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!

Bookworm Schedule for October-November 2019

Celebrate fall with a book… reading can take you anywhere! We also have lots of  exciting things happening at Valley Grange!
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Tuesday, October 22 –Third Grade Field Trip to Valley Grange for Dictionary Day!

Thursday, October 24 — Mr. Boomsma will be at school  for the bookworm kickoff assembly during morning meeting and for reading starting at 10:00 a.m.

Tuesday, October 29 — Mrs. Gilbert will be at school for reading starting at 10:00 a.m.

Thursday, October 31 — Mrs. Bosworth will be at school for reading starting at 10:00 a.m.

Tuesday,  November 5 — Mrs. Kimball will be at school for reading starting at 10:00 a.m.

Thursday, November 7 —  Mrs. Gilbert will be at school for reading starting at 10:00 a.m.

Friday, November 8 SAD 4 Veteran’s Day Celebration at 8:45 am in the PCSS Gym–everyone is invited!

Tuesday,  November 12 — Mrs. Kimball will be at school for reading starting at 10:00 a.m.

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

Friday, November 15Valley Grange Hosts the Spirit of America Awards! Join us at the Grange Hall at 7 PM!

Tuesday, November 19 — Mr. Boomsma will be at school for reading starting at 10:00 a.m.

Thursday, November 21 — Mrs. Bosworth will be at school for reading starting at 10:00 a.m.

Tuesday, November 26 — Mrs. Lander will be at school for reading starting at 10:00 a.m.

Thursday, November 28 — Happy Thanksgiving!

Bookworm Schedule for May 2019

Celebrate spring with a book… reading can take you anywhere! We also have some exciting things happening at Valley Grange in May!
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Thursday, May 2 — Mr. Boomsma will be at school for reading starting at 10:00 a.m.

Tuesday, May 7 — Ms. Erwin will be at school for reading starting at 10:00 a.m.

Bookworms, members, and volunteers meet at the Grange Hall for a “work party.” Bring rakes, etc. as we spring clean our hall inside and out… we’ll take all the help we can get!

Thursday, May 9 — Mrs. Kimball will be at school for reading starting at 10:00 a.m.

Saturday, May 11 — Celebration honoring Lt Jamie Kane at Valley Grange... free bbq turkey supper at 6 pm, award at 7:15 pm!

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

Wednesday, May 15Art Exhibit opens at 4:30 pm and Spring Concert Starts at 5:30 pm. Book Fair in the library during the Art Exhibit!

Thursday, May 16 — Ms. Erwin will be at school for reading starting at 10:00 a.m.

Friday, May 17Valley Grange Community Celebration! Potluck Supper at 6 pm, Meeting at 7 pm. Among the other exciting things, we’ll be announcing our Community Citizen of the Year.

Tuesday, May 21 — Mr. Boomsma will be at school for reading starting at 10:00 a.m. This is also GrowME Day for Grades One through Three.

Wednesday, May 22GrowME Day for Kindergarten!

Thursday, May 23 — Mrs. Orton will be at school for reading starting at 10:00 a.m. Fifth Grade Play at 6:30 pm!

Tuesday, May 28— Mrs. Lander will be at school for reading starting at 10:00 a.m.

Thursday, May 30 — Mrs. Orton will be at school for reading starting at 10:00 a.m. DARE Graduation at 7:00 pm!

Remember the Yearbook Team meets with Mr. Boomsma every  Thursday at 12:10.

Bookworm Schedule for April 2019

Avoid cabin fever by curling up with a book… reading can take you anywhere!
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Tuesday, April 2 — Mr. Boomsma will be at school for reading starting at 10:00 a.m.

Thursday, April 4  — Ms. Erwin will be at school for reading starting at 10:00 a.m. We will also have our Newspapers in Education Awards with third and fourth grade following morning meeting.

Tuesday, April 9 — Mrs. Kimball will be at school for reading starting at 10:00 a.m.

Thursday,  April 11 — Mrs. Kimball will be at school for reading starting at 10:00 a.m.

Friday, April 12 — Bikes for Books Assembly!

Friday, April 15 — Valley Grange Meeting! Potluck Supper at 6 pm, Meeting at 7 pm. Among the other exciting things, we’ll be electing our Community Citizen of the Year and judging the Newspapers in Education ads!

Wednesday, April 17 — Newspapers in Education Supplement will be published in the Piscataquis Observer

Tuesday, April 23 — Mrs. Orton will be at school for reading starting at 10:00 a.m.

Thursday, April 24  — Ms. Ewin will be at school for reading starting at 10:00 a.m.

Tuesday, April 30 — Mr. Boomsma will be at school for reading starting at 10:00 a.m.

Remember the Yearbook Team meets with Mrs. Daniels every Tuesday and Thursday at 12:10.