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Friends of Mascoma: “We’ve got you.”

The Friends of Mascoma Foundation has grown into a respected volunteer organization providing scholarships, awarding mini-grants to teachers, sponsoring art in the schools, donating musical instruments and establishing food pantries.

Equitable access through homegrown career pathways

‘I didn’t know these doors were open to me.’ Partner post from Reaching Higher NH about how schools are promoting equitable access through homegrown career pathways.

Mary Ann Dempsey awarded 2022 Caroline and Martin Gross Fellowship

The honor will enable Dempsey to attend an intensive, three-week program this summer with public servants from around the world. Dempsey will attend the Senior Executives in State and Local Government program at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government in July. The fellowship, now in its 28th year, was established in memory of the late New Hampshire House Majority Leader Caroline Gross and the late Concord Mayor Martin Gross to honor dedication to public service.

Young people raise their voices about covid

In Laconia, the local paper has embarked on an ambitious project to hear directly from young people about their COVID experiences and other issues important to them. The Laconia Daily Sun is taking a Solutions Journalism approach to reporting on the issues raised by young people: examining how similar issues have been addressed elsewhere and what possible solutions might be options in the Lakes Region. 

Growing community, joy and satisfaction

Grow Nashua connects people through urban gardens, programs and education at elementary schools, farm stands with free produce and curbside compost pickup.

McAuliffe Sabbatical recipient focuses on early literacy

“Early literacy is the most pressing issue in education today,” said teacher Elizabeth Cannon of Hopkinton. “You can’t start building all of the other blocks of learning until literacy is there.”

Sports, adapted for all

Adaptive Sports Partners of the North Country provides year-round opportunities for sport, recreation and wellness, enriching quality of life for people with disabilities.

A scholar, a worker – and a welcoming presence for refugees

As a youngster in Afghanistan and Pakistan, Hussain Amiri collected and sold firewood and made carpets to help support his family, then studied at night. After enduring war and trauma, his family arrived in Concord with only what they carried and very little idea of what to expect. Now, he is studying at Plymouth State University for a career in computer science and working as a case manager at Building Community in NH, helping refugees as they build new lives in New Hampshire.

Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum teaches important lessons

“Native people still live here in New England and they are your neighbors or work at the supermarket or are your doctor,” said Museum Executive Director Andrew Bullock. “It’s a really vibrant community that’s just simmering below the surface.”

Kate Knox awarded 2021 Artist Advancement Grant

Dover artist wins grant that helps cultivate the Piscataqua Region’s arts community, boost artists’ careers and keep artists living and working in the area.

Local organizing, education, action to fight climate change

Nonprofit 350NH works to combat the climate crisis by promoting the use of clean and renewable energy sources and advocating to phase out polluting and non-renewable energy sources.

Dover High School’s Eric Schlapak awarded Christa McAuliffe Sabbatical

Schlapak will help Career and Technical Education teachers connect the dots for students between math concepts and career skills. Math matters in diagnosing auto problems, adjusting recipes in a culinary class, welding, carpentry, reading meters in electrical work — even in cosmetology, where geometry helps sculpt hairstyles.