Andover Townsman, Andover, MA


March 14, 2013

Town Talk

Grant helps school offer healthy breakfast, exercise club

West Middle School has been awarded $4,000 to support its Fuel Up to Play 60 initiative from the New England Dairy & Food Council. West Middle School is Andover’s second school to receive this grant. Last year, Wood Hill Middle School used their grant for new smoothie equipment and a before school exercise program.

West Middle School was selected from among hundreds of schools across the country that applied for the money. West Middle School will use the funds to create and promote new “grab-and-go” breakfasts and offer a smoothie station so students may get healthy breakfast meals before school. Students will work with the school nutrition staff to help select healthy foods for the new breakfast kiosk, and students will also help to promote the new offerings through taste samplings and contests.

In addition, half of the money will be used to expand and develop the “AM Fit Club” at West Middle by purchasing exercise equipment to help further develop the curriculum.

The Shadower now knows

On Tuesday, April 9, North Shore Women and Esperanza Academy of Lawrence will team up for Shadow (Career) Day, to provide the school’s 80 girls, in grades 5 to 8, an opportunity to learn about a wide range of careers. This year’s focus is on the STEM fields, including science, technology, engineering, finance and medicine. Volunteers are needed.

The girls will be bussed by faculty and will spend approximately six hours in the workplace and will need to have lunch provided. See or contact via

Nest egg protection

Atria Marland Place will host a series of breakfast programs for seniors the first Tuesday of each month, starting April 2. A featured speaker will offer a presentation on topics relevant to seniors.

Raymond Cannon, an attorney, will present “Protecting Your Nest Egg” for the April program. The meetings will be held from 8:30 to 10 a.m. at 15 Stevens St. A light breakfast will be offered. People are asked to RSVP at 978-475-4225 by March 26.

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