High Plain Elementary School was awarded the 2019 Bridge Builder Grant from the Martin Richard Foundation.
The $500 award will support its community service project to create care packages for those affected by homelessness.
Some 30 organizations throughout the state received 2019 Bridge Builder Grants. Recipients were selected for their potential to broaden horizons for young people and encourage them to embrace civic engagement. They also reflected the foundation's values of choosing kindness, working for inclusion, and celebrating diversity.
The Bridge Builder campaign encourages youth to be proactive and recognize now is the time to lead an effort in their neighborhoods that brings people together in service.
Seventh-grade basketball champs
Andover Gold seventh-grade travel team won the 7 South division of the Merrimack Valley Youth Basketball League by defeating Stoneham Blue on Sunday, March 10.
Andover Gold took home a win at Wilmington High School with a score of 56-48.
Led by Head Coach John Bowab and Assistant Coaches Tim Reilly and Tim Hornbrook, Andover Gold was 13-2 in league play, including playoffs. With tournament play and out-of-league games, their overall record was 27 wins and 5 losses.
Students raise money for hospital
Two Andover students helped raise over $117,000 for the University of Vermont Children's Hospital.
The money was raised through active participation in RALLYTHON - the university's annual year-long student-led fundraiser and 12-hour dance marathon in support of Vermont's local Children's Miracle Network Hospital.
Cara Cahill and Kyra Morissette, both of Andover, raised enough money to reach the "Dancer Goal" - a distinction given to participants who have fundraised between $100 and $249 over the course of the year.
During RALLYTHON, which took place Saturday, March 2, students listened to stories from patient families treated at the UVM Children's Hospital and engaged with current and past patients of the hospital. They also fund-raised, participated in games, and danced until the final reveal their annual fundraising total.
Through its five years in existence, participant students have raised over $378,000 for the UVM Children's Hospital.
PE teacher of the year
Andover High School health teacher Jacquline Salvensen has been selected by the Massachusetts Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (MAHPERD) as the 2019 Health Teacher of the Year recipient. The award recognizes an outstanding practitioner who has made valuable contributions in the area of health.
Valerie Meiners, adapted physical education teacher at West Elementary School, has been selected by MAHPERD as the 2019 Amelia Rio award recipient. The award publicly recognizes an outstanding practitioner who has made valuable contributions in the area of adapted physical education.
The awards will be presented at MAHPERD’s awards banquet on Sunday, May 6, at the DoubleTree Hotel, located at 11 Beaver St., Milford.
High School Musical at Doherty
The Doherty Middle School Drama Club is bringing High School Musical to the stage of the Doherty Middle School Memorial Auditorium.
The artistic team - including Beth Kennedy, Amy Blanchette, and Timothy Chavez - along with a cast of nearly 70 sixth, seventh and eighth graders, are excited to present the fast-paced Disney musical.
“We are thrilled to share this fun production with our community and spread the strong message of acceptance and staying true to yourself,” said Amy Blanchette, an educator at Doherty Middle School.
Three performances are set for Friday, April 5 at 7 p.m., Saturday, April 6 at 7 p.m., and Sunday, April 7 at 1 p.m. Tickets are $10 and will be available at the Andover Bookstore and at the door the night of the event.