By Lois R. Shea, Senior Writer and Communications Officer |
Susan Griffin has taught at least a thousand students who have come through Brown Elementary School in Berlin over the last four decades.
When she does errands, she is probably the most frequently hugged person in the city. She has students now whose parents she taught. She remembers all of their names.
One former pupil, bagging her groceries, challenged: “I bet you don’t remember my name” She didn’t hesitate. “Mark, how could I forget you?”
Susan has devoted her life to the children of Berlin, and in 2017 was awarded the Louise Tillotson Teaching Fellowship, a $10,000 stipend intended to support public school teachers. (Some of which she used immediately to replace chapter books in her second-grade classroom.)
Susan has never considered teaching, or living, anywhere else.
“I was born and brought up here and just wanted to remain true to my sense of community,” she said. “I love this area, I love the people and I wanted to dedicate my work to the community of Berlin.”
Sheri Rockburn awarded Caroline and Martin Gross Fellowship
Rockburn, assistant commissioner of New Hampshire’s Department of Administrative Services, will attend an intensive, three-week program at the Senior Executives in State and Local Government program at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government with public servants from around the world.
Earth science teacher awarded Christa McAuliffe Sabbatical
Teacher Gregg Stott of Hanover plans to produce a documentary film about how the Ice Age affected the Connecticut River Valley and develop an Earth Science curriculum to help students from elementary to high school notice and better understand the geology of their own backyards.
Neil and Louise Tillotson Fund awards $916,000 through its application grantmaking programs to support efforts in the North Country
Large, Local, Dash and Empower Coös Youth application grant programs support essential needs for individuals and families, a healthy workforce ecosystem, environmental stewardship, and more.
Building projects, friendships and community
Wolfeboro’s Makers Mill provides spaces for learners of all ages to tinker, fix, invent, build, design, craft and innovate — together.
Art for all
Julianne Gadoury, executive director of Kimball Jenkins in Concord, wants everyone to have the opportunity to experience — and benefit from — art.
Concentric stories: New initiative eases process for telling pandemic story
"Our Story NH" project, which aims to provide a historical archive, launches new option for people to share stories quickly.
Legal Food Hub helps farms and food businesses thrive
Conservation Law Foundation’s Legal Food Hub connects farmers, food entrepreneurs, and food-related organizations with pro bono legal services to help start, grow, and operate their businesses.
All teens welcome at Avenue A
At Avenue A, young people participate in everything from small group discussions to biking, hiking, cooking and basketball. They listen to and play music, learn woodworking or just unwind in a place where they feel welcomed, appreciated and not judged. They also learn about being part of a community and how to build belonging, while knowing they are in a place created for them by a community that supports them.
Grants help libraries keep up with tech needs
Thanks to a generous donation, the Charitable Foundation was able to develop the New Hampshire Library Technology Grant Program to help rural and under-resourced libraries meet the increasing need for online access by supporting technology upgrades, distance learning and staff training.
Greater Rochester Community Health Foundation awards $80k in inaugural grants
New Foundation awards first grants to improve health and well-being of people in Strafford County.
Charitable Foundation awards $3.8 million in operating support to nonprofits
Recent funding from Foundation's Community Grants program provides multiyear operating support to more than 80 nonprofits working across New Hampshire.
Reason to hope
Traci Fowler, the Charitable Foundation’s director of behavioral health, on the current substance use crisis, why an integrated approach to addressing mental health and substance use makes sense, and promising practices that offer reason for hope.