AROUND THE VALLEY
Top Notch Scholars Announces 2020 Scholarship Class
Joanna DePena, executive director of Top Notch Scholars in Lawrence, an educational enhancement program for local high school students, held the 2020 Senior Awards Celebration on Thursday, August 20, at Tenney Castle in Methuen.
DePena said 13 scholarships were awarded, five of which are full 4-year scholarships. The scholarships are the result of a youth-led fundraising effort that brought in over $7,000 by selling Krispy Kreme doughnuts. The students enlisted the support of three corporate sponsors who partnered by purchasing the donuts to support the scholarship fund.
The mission of Top Notch Scholars is to provide life skills and leadership opportunities to poor and low-income youth in Lawrence and surrounding communities.
The following students were celebrated: Litzie Alvarez (Notre Dame Christo Rey), Noelia Castillo (Lawrence High School), Erika Dejesus (Greater Lawrence Technical School), Dulce Galan (Greater Lawrence Technical School), Remy Garcia (Lawrence High School), Michael Jimenez (Lawrence High School), Paola Martinez (Lawrence High School), Saviel Ortiz (Greater Lawrence Technical School), Destiney Perez (Lawrence High School), Ileana Rodriguez (Notre Dame Christo Rey), Lia Sanchez (Greater Lawrence Technical School), Kassandra Valdez (Greater Lawrence Technical School) and Selina Vasquez (Greater Lawrence Technical School).
Holy Family Hospital Wears White Socks for Peripheral Artery Disease
Holy Family Hospital’s Wound Care and Hyperbaric Center is participating in the White Sock Campaign; this campaign is meant to raise awareness for Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD), a silent disease that if left untreated, can cause unnecessary lib amputations. Approximately 18 million Americans are affected by PAD. The white sock signifies the many wound care patients who often can wear only one shoe, while the other foot is wrapped with dressing.
During the month of September, consider waring one white sock to raise awareness of the importance of caring for wounds. Click here for more information on the White Sock Campaign.
Free Soil Arts Collective Launches Vital Voices Series, Presented by Enterprise Bank
The Free Soil Arts Collective is launching the Vital Voices digital series this month. This six-part series will feature an in-depth discussion with local artists of color, moderated by Free Soil Founder Christa Brown. Enterprise Bank is the presenting sponsor of the series.
Featured artists include (chronologically) Veronica Holmes, illustrator and storyteller (Lowell); Marlene Marmolejos, co-founder and motion designer of Motion Mami (Lawrence); Henry Marte, owner of Marte Media (Lowell); Sam Stevquoah, creative director at Mill City’s Finest (Lowell); Princess Moon, poet (Lowell); and Thaddeus Miles, author and photographer (Lowell).
Each episode of the Vital Voices series will air live on Facebook and YouTube via Zoom on the third Saturday of each month from September 2020 through February 2021, with the first episode airing on September 19th. Visit freesoilarts.org to RSVP.
BRM Production Management Partners with AME, Diversity and Inclusion specialists
Founded by University of Massachusetts Lowell alumni Owen Kelly, Allies in Music Education (AME) is an educator driven, researched based organization dedicated to inclusion, allyship, and accessibility in education.
AME recently announced their latest partnership with BRM Production Management. The BRM team is working in conjunction with the AME consulting division to create a custom tailored series of workshops and training in order to evaluate their business practices and provide educational opportunities for their staff to immerse themselves in the world of diversity and inclusion.
NECC Launches Center for Equity and Justice
Nationwide, community colleges educate the largest proportion of low-income students, students of color, and students from a variety of other disadvantaged or underserved backgrounds—more than any other sector of higher education.
This is particularly true for Northern Essex Community College (NECC); NECC has one of the lowest income student populations out of all 106 colleges and universities in the Commonwealth.
NECC is committing to examining and organizing college staff and resources into a new Northern Essex Community College Center for Equity and Social Justice, and to actively engaging with campus and community partners to identify opportunities for the college to create or contribute to new services and partnerships, or enhance existing ones, that will benefit students through strengthening their communities, ensuring equity and addressing social justice needs.
Some of the ways a new NECC Center for Equity and Social Justice may serve as a vital resource to supporting our students and communities may include:
- Working closely with community organizations with missions that serve the needs of our students and support their academic, social, and economic progress and success
- Serving as an educational resource for immigrants in our communities
- Providing education and training for police, public safety, and correctional officers
- Expanding access to civic engagement, service learning, and volunteer opportunities for students
- Providing support and resources to students experiencing housing and food insecurity
- Expanding access to English language instruction
- Recognizing accomplishments in community service and social justice
- Supporting leadership development opportunities focused on equity, inclusion, and social justice
Local Church Celebrates 375 Years with Collaborative Art Project
Members of the North Parish Unitarian Universalist Church of North Andover will work with local potter and artist Larry Elardo in a collaborative art project that celebrates 375 years as a religious community. On work sessions held Sept. 18 and 19, church members will bring personal mementos to “make their mark” in clay slabs. Once fired and bronzed, the slabs will form columns supporting a bronze bell, with the finished sculpture to be installed outdoors in the church gardens. For more information, contact Debb Putnam, email@example.com or 978-852-5033.
Amesbury Carriage Museum Announces a Public Phase of the Campaign for the Industrial History Center
After years of planning, and additional delays caused by COVID 19, the Amesbury Carriage Museum (ACM) is announcing a public campaign to raise the funds needed to build the new Industrial History Center (IHC).
To announce the public phase of the campaign, the ACM is holding a ceremonial ground-breaking event, on Sept. 24 at 3 p.m. Taking place in front of the building site in Amesbury’s upper millyard, the event will also include a virtual tour of the IHC interior which is currently under construction. The public is invited to join virtually on Facebook, the Amesbury Community TV website and cable TV.
$300K Grant to Support Age-Friendly Lowell initiative
UMass Lowell was recently awarded a three-year, $300,000 grant from Tufts Health Plan Foundation to create a citywide, age-friendly initiative that builds community capacity to promote health, independence and quality of life for older residents in Lowell.
The effort is a partnership with the city of Lowell and local organizations that is being led by UMass Lowell’s Sabrina Noel, who is an assistant professor in the Department of Biomedical and Nutritional Sciences and director for community engagement in the Center for Population Health.
The program is designed to provide insight on existing or needed changes to programs, policies and infrastructure within the city of Lowell to support productive and high-quality aging within the community, as well as increase the ability for individuals of all ages within the city to participate in making their city a community that supports aging in place.
This grant is one of 13 new community investments totaling $1.7 million by the Tufts Health Plan Foundation in support of collaborative community efforts and systems change to advance healthy aging.
Element Care PACE Celebrates National PACE Month
Element Care’s Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) is celebrating National PACE Month in September. This provides an opportunity to raise awareness and acknowledge the difference that PACE makes in the lives of older adults, their families and their communities.
Element Care, founded in 1995, is a nonprofit, healthcare organization with a simple mission: to provide the support and services necessary to allow people to remain safe and comfortable in their homes and communities. Element Care provides complete health care to eligible people through PACE throughout the North Shore, the Merrimack Valley and the northeast region of Middlesex County.
Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic Element Care has adjusted to a home-centric and telehealth-enabled model of health care where nurses, home care workers, behavioral health clinicians, activity specialists and other care team professionals pro-actively support participants in their homes.
Salisbury Elementary First in the State to Teach Every Kindergartner How to Ride a Bike in School
Salisbury Elementary School received a complete Learn-To-Ride Program, including Strider Learn-To-Ride Bikes, helmets, and curriculum, thanks to fundraising efforts from the PTA. The bikes will be delivered and assembled this week so kids can get rolling soon.
This generous donation will help approximately 375 kindergarten students learn to ride over the next five years.
Salisbury Elementary School will receive everything they need to get their students pedaling through the Kindergarten P.E. program. The program includes a proven, integrative curriculum, staff training and certification, the revolutionary, child-friendly Strider Learn-To-Ride Bikes, and helmets. The fleet of dual-propulsion 14x Strider Bikes start as balance bikes and convert to pedal bikes. This conversion makes learning to ride easier than ever before and makes training wheels obsolete. The Strider Education Foundation, the program provider, also offers continued support for each school to ensure everyone involved is successful for five years.
MOVERS AND SHAKERS
Dougan Sherwood Named MassINC Award Winner
The Massachusetts Institute for a New Commonwealth (MassINC) has announced the 2020 Gateway City Champion and Innovator Awards, and Dougan Sherwood, president of the Greater Haverhill Chamber, is among the winners. Sherwood will receive the award for small business inclusivity and diversity during the third session in the virtual series on Oct. 22 from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm.
MassINC will feature the work of Gateway City champions and innovators who are leading the way by advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in three key areas: civic leadership, education, and small business.
Over the course of three digital sessions in October, these leaders will share how they went from ideas to actions. Each session will feature a keynote address followed by case study presentations from the Gateway City Innovation Award recipients. To register for the virtual event, go to MassInc.org.