Valley Grange Hosts Spirit of America Awards

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Thank you, MHFC!

As part of their Community Care Program, Maine Highlands Federal Credit Union recently presented a donation to Valley Grange. Employees contributed based on their “dress down” Fridays with the proceeds being distributed to local community organizations. Walter Boomsma, Program Director for Valley Grange noted, “Through no fault of our own, we recently lost part of the funding of our Words for Thirds Dictionary Program, so this is perfect timing and will help us to continue to give a dictionary to every third grader in four area districts. Thank you!”

l-r: Sonya Smith, MHFC; Walter Boomsma, Valley Grange Program Director; Jim Annis, Valley Grange Master

Kids Write!

We can’t resist sharing a few notes we’ve received from Mrs. Gokas’ Third Grade Class at Piscataquis Community Elementary School! The kids wrote them as part of wrapping up this school year and getting ready for summer.

Dear Valley Grange,

Thank you for all you do for our school. It means a lot to us. We enjoy all the stuff you help make happen. For example, Bookworm, Arts Alive, Words for Thirds, and GrowME. 

I have a lot of fun doing all of these programs you help with.

I like the dictionary that you gave us.

Thank you for letting us read to you and be able to have Arts Alive and other programs like Arts Alive.

K.W.

(We think she really likes Arts Alive!)


Dear Valley Grange,

Thank you for all that you have done for our school. We really appreciate it.

The GrowME Program was really fun. My grass plant is still alive.

The dictionary, Words for Thirds that you have given third grade has been really helpful for me in the time that has passed. 

The Bookworm Program has been really enjoyable in the passed two years. It has taught me to read more comfortably with other people each time.

The Arts Alive Program that you’ve helped with over the years have made it very enjoyable for our school.

Thank you so much!!

Sincerely,

D.W.


Dear Vally Grange,

Thank you for all the stuff you do for us.

A few things you do are GrowME, Word for Thirds, Bookworms, and Arts Alive.

You do that for our school.

From,

A.H.


Dear Valley Grange,

Thank you for all of the things you have done for us.

One thing you have done that I know that all of us appreciate is you giving all of us a dictionary. I know we use it a lot. 

The next thing you have done for us is that you put on the program GrowME. For example, this year we built dirt babies. That was really fun.

My favorite part is when you come in and have us read to you. I love to read with Bookworms.

Sincerely,

C.L.


Dear Third Graders,

Thank you for your letters. We are glad you enjoy and appreciate the things we do together. 

We really like learning, working, and playing with you. We have fun too!

Have a good summer. We’ll see you in the fall!

Sincerely,
Valley Grange Bookworms and Members

Where Does Chocolate Milk Come From?

GrowME logoAt least one second-grader from Guilford now knows it does NOT come from brown cows!

We completed activities at SeDoMoCha Elementary (353 students), Milo Elementary (121), Greenville Elementary (77 students), and Piscataquis Community Elementary (79 students) for a total of 630 students and 40 classes in four districts.

As impressive as the numbers are, we also should take pride in the impact we have on kids and teachers. Mrs. Kimball’s letter speaks to that… and our experience confirms it. For example, in several butter-making classes, we had “teachable moments” that included some math. In one case, the teacher and I “co-taught” a couple of math lessons… reinforcing my belief that relevance and curriculum fit is what makes this program work. In one kindergarten class, a young “farmer” shared that he has “6,000 horses” which he “rides and feeds every day.” (I whispered to the teacher, “I’ll bet you’ve told him a billion times not to exaggerate.”) I think he represents enough excitement for agriculture, farming, and the GrowME program that we may forgive him for his distortion.

A surprise visit from Channel Five and Channel Seven kept Mrs. Bosworth and I hopping during our last day of activities in Guilford. While Mrs. B tried to hide, she did end up in the story… and you’ll have to laugh at some of the faces the kids made while tasting apples:

Link to WABI TV5 Story:

http://www.wabi.tv/video/?vid=478695593

Link to Fox22/7 Story:

https://www.foxbangor.com/news/item/24685-growme-project-teaches-elementary-kids-farming-skills

A sincere thanks to those who contributed time, materials and support to this program. There’s always lots of growing in GrowME!


SeDo Thank You

 

Newspapers in Education Winners

“We started this program before some of you were born…” was the way Walter Boomsma, Valley Grange Program Director opened the recent assembly of third and fourth graders at Piscataquis Community Elementary School in Guilford. “The Newspapers in Education Program has been around for ten years now.” Boomsma went on to introduce Valley Grange members who were present for the assembly. “These are some of the people who make this program possible.”

The Piscataquis Observer based in Dover Foxcroft began publishing the special supplement every spring, featuring news about and by area students. Local businesses enlist local students to create ads for them. Most ads are done by middle and high school students, but the Grange saw an opportunity to include some younger artists. After collaboration with Mrs. Daniels, the art teacher at P.C.E.S, Valley Grange continues to sponsor two ads every year: one drawn by a third grader and another by a fourth grader. All students in both grades participate and Mrs. Daniels now includes the program as part of her art curriculum. “This is a great opportunity for the kids to experience the commercial aspect of art and see how they might explore a career in art,” she says.

Because the Grange actively supports the local elementary school with additional programs like Dictionary Day/Words for Thirds, Bookworming, and GrowME agricultural activities, the students can decide what to emphasize in the ads they draw. “It’s always personally rewarding to see the emphasis on reading and bookworming,” Boomsma notes. “These kids seem to understand what Valley Grange values and what it takes to make those things happen. The ads feature a ‘call to action’ that often encourages people to volunteer or become a member.” Boomsma also believes “some of these kids are destined to become Grangers.”

While the ads themselves are still under wraps until the supplement is published on April 11, 2018, this year’s winner list includes third graders Braylin Beckwith, first place; Chris Merrill, second place, and Aiden Graves, third place. Fourth Grade winners include Jaiyde True, first place; Lizzi Gilbert, second place; and Caleb McKusick, third place. Every student who participates receives a “mini” certificate in the form of a magnet.

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Aiden Graves, Braylin Beckwith, Chris Merrill, Lizzi Gilbert, Jaiyde True, Caleb McKusick. The monkey on Lizzi’s head is explained by the fact it was “Crazy Hair Day” when students and staff have the option of doing something crazy with their hair!

Bookworm Schedule, April 2017

Reading is fun!Bikes for Books!! Don’t forget to get an entry form for every book you read… deadline for entries is this month!

Tuesday, April 4 – Mrs. Kimball will be at school to read starting at 8:45 a.m.

Thursday, April 6 – Ms. Erwin will be at school to read starting at 8:45 a.m.

Remember Valley Grange is hosting the Piscataquis Pomona Meeting tonight! Chicken Pie Supper at 6:00 p.m. – meeting at 7:00 p.m. features National Grange Master Betsy Huber. All are welcomed!

Friday, April 7 — Jump Rope for Heart activities all day at school!

Tuesday, April 11 – Mrs. Kimball will be at school to read starting at 8:45 a.m.

Wednesday, April 12 – Newspapers in Education Supplement (including winning Valley Grange ads) will be in the Piscataquis Observer.

Thursday, April 13 – Ms. Erwin will be at school to read starting at 8:45 a.m.

Friday, April 14 – Bikes for Books Assembly! Bikes… books… clowns… oh, my!

April 17 – April 21 – School Vacation!

Friday, April 21 – CWA Potluck Supper at 6:00 p.m. and special program at 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday, April 25 – Mr. Boomsma will be at school to read starting at 8:45 a.m.

Thursday, April 27 – Ms. Erwin will be at school to read starting at 8:45 a.m.

Reading gives us a place to go when we have to stay where we are!”

Bookworm Schedule, March 2017

Reading is fun!Bikes for Books!! Don’t forget to get an entry form for every book you read!

Thursday, March 2 – Mrs. Lander will be at school to read starting at 8:45 a.m.

Tuesday, March 7 – Ms. Erwin will be at school to read starting at 8:45 a.m.

Thursday, March 9 – Mr. Boomsma will be at school to read starting at 8:45 a.m.

Tuesday, March 14 – Mrs. Lander will be at school to read starting at 8:45 a.m.

Thursday, March 16 – Mrs. Kimball will be at school to read starting at 8:45 a.m.

March 20 – March 24 is Agriculture Week — GrowME activities will be scheduled!

Tuesday, March 28 – Mrs. Kimball will be at school to read starting at 8:45 a.m.

Thursday, March 16 – Ms. Erwin will be at school to read starting at 8:45 a.m.

January 2017 Bookworm Schedule

Reading is fun!Welcome to a new year of reading!

Thursday, January 5— Ms. Erwin will be at school to read starting at 8:45 a.m.

Tuesday, January 10— Mrs. Chadbourne will be at school to read starting at 8:45 a.m.

Thursday, January 12— Mrs. Lander will be at school to read starting at 8:45 a.m.

Monday, January 16— No School!

Tuesday, January 17— Mrs. Kimball will be at school to read starting at 8:45 a.m.

Thursday, January 19— Mrs. Kimball will be at school to read starting at 8:45 a.m.

Tuesday, January 24— Ms. Erwin will be at school to read starting at 8:45 a.m.

Thursday, January 26Mr. Boomsma will be at school to read starting at 8:45 a.m.

Tuesday, January 31— Mrs. Lander will be at school to read starting at 8:45 a.m.

 


“The book you don’t read won’t help.”

–Jim Rohn

Bookworm Schedule — December 2016

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A short but busy month it is!

Thursday, December 1 — Ms. Erwin will be at school to read starting at 8:45 a.m.

Friday, December 2 is the Fellowship Breakfast at Valley Grange, starting at 6:00 p.m.

Monday, December 5 is the K-3 Holiday Concert at PCSS, starting at 6:00 p.m.

Tuesday, December 6 — Mrs. Kimball will be at school to read starting at 8:45 a.m.

Wednesday, December 7 is the 4-6 Holiday Concert at PCES, starting at 6:00 p.m.

Thursday, December 8 — Mrs. Chadbourne will be at school to read starting at 8:45 a.m.

Tuesday, December 13 — Mrs. Lander will be at school to read starting at 8:45 a.m.

Thursday, December 15 — Mrs. Erwin will be at school to read starting at 8:45 a.m.

Don’t forget to bring canned goods to PCES for the Giving Tree!

Monday, December 19 — No school–unless you’re a teacher! Christmas vacation for students begins… and the first day back isn’t until January 3, 2017! Enjoy the time off, but keep reading!


“Do give books – religious or otherwise – for Christmas. They’re never fattening, seldom sinful, and permanently personal.”

– Lenore Hershey

“My first copies of Treasure Island and Huckleberry Finn still have some blue-spruce needles scattered in the pages. They smell of Christmas still.”

– Charlton Heston

A Month of Reading!

This comes to you from Reach Out and Read, a non-profit organization that works to incorporate reading into pediatric care. There are some great ideas!

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