Science discovery at South Elementary

Second-graders at South Elementary School got a special science lesson on Tuesday, Jan. 6, when the Discovery Museums of Acton paid a visit.

Students investigated the physical properties of solids, liquids and gases. They observed the effects of dry ice and liquid nitrogen to learn the five changes of state and watched with awe as flowers and rubber balls shattered on contact with the chemical. Students also saw a banana transformed into a hammer and solid metal shrink in mere seconds.

The lesson, called the “Traveling Science Workshop,” was sponsored by the South School Parent Teacher Organization. According to the Discovery Museums website, the program has existed for more than 21 years, serving more than 27,000 students last year alone. 

“It is a classroom-based — not auditorium-based — set of 18 hands-on workshops that get students excited about science and help teachers expand their science teaching skills,” the website says. “Dynamic educators excite curiosity and a passion for science with fun, hands-on discovery.”

For more information about the Discovery Museums, visit

Inspiring visit plays out for third-graders

The third grade at South Elementary School was treated to a performance of “Harriet Tubman, Conductor of the Underground Railroad” performed by Young Audiences of Massachusetts last Friday, Jan. 9.

The students got a glimpse of the young woman who led enslaved people to freedom along the Underground Railroad.

Austin Prep holding middle school open house

Austin Preparatory School in Reading will host an open house for families with students interested in enrolling in grades six through eight next year.

The Middle School Open House is Monday, Jan. 26, at 9 a.m. at 101 Willow St., Reading. All families are asked to register so the school is prepared for the number of students attending. Register at

Students will have the opportunity to meet Headmaster James Hickey, speak with middle school faculty members and take tours of the campus with current middle school students. Tours will include visits to the arts and music wings, classrooms and multi-purpose facility/gymnasium.  

For more information, contact Elizabeth Flynn, admissions coordinator, at or at 781-944-4900, ext. 834.

UNICO of Merrimack Valley scholarships

UNICO of Merrimack Valley will once again be awarding scholarships to five deserving, college-bound Italian-American students this spring. Scholarships will be for $2,500 each.

UNICO Merrimack Valley has provided more than $200,000 in scholarship awards, and more than $800,000 to local charities since its inception in 1990.

”The intent was then, and still remains, to provide financial assistance to distinguished, higher education-bound Italian-Americans within the Merrimack Valley and to honor the success and achievement that our Italian ancestors worked so hard to foster when they immigrated to this country,” Scholarship Committee Chairman Joseph DiBlasi, Esq. said in a release. 

For more information or to apply, visit UNICO of Merrimack Valley at


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