Chamber awards 2017 Business Grants for Teachers

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Concord, NH (July 2017) - Gary Miller, Chair of the Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce Business Grants Committee, is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2017 Business Grants.

Through the Business Grants program, the Chamber awards more than $5,000 annually to teachers who have developed innovative teaching programs for use in Capital area schools. Recipients of the six grants chosen this year demonstrated their projects fit a specific educational need, were unique to their respective schools, and were not supported by their school system’s annual budget. Funding for the Business Grants program is raised through the Chamber’s Annual Funds for Education Golf Tournament which is held annually in August at Beaver Meadow Golf Course and sponsored by Merrimack County Savings Bank.

Here are some of the ways this year’s grants will be used to enhance local education: At Bishop Brady High School, Susan Seagroves will continue her well-known “Knitting for Payson” program for students and teachers, training them how to knit and sell finished products at craft fairs, and use the proceeds as a fundraiser for Payson Cancer Center.

Shawn Moseley’s students at Rundlett Middle School will learn how to become community leaders and organizers through its Student Ambassador Program. Students meet weekly to plan events and school service projects, learn to seek charitable causes and how to organize donations by contacting businesses.  

At PACE Career Academy, Rachel Carver will offer students with a passion for culinary arts a Food Safe Certification program, to help prepare them from work in the food industry.

At Concord’s Broken Ground Elementary School, fourth and fifth grade students will have the chance to improve their writing and journalism skills in the after-school newspaper team led by Fiona Quirk. And Matthew Finney will lead a Young Culinary Specialists project designed to teach all students how to plan meals, purchase food and be involved in all aspects of food preparation.

At Bow High School, Michelle Hlavaz’s Child Development students will promote literacy through its Connecting Through Books project. Students will choose books from Gibson’s Bookstore that they will read and gift to younger children at day care and community centers throughout the community.

Grant recipients will be recognized at the Chamber’s October Business After Hours at Merrimack County Savings Bank. Thank you to the following members of the Business Grants Committee who generously gave their time to help review the 2017 grant applications: Gary Miller, Unitil (Chair); Sean Skabo, Merrimack County Savings Bank; and Ryan Taylor, FairPoint Communications. Congratulations to the grant recipients!

For more information please contact the Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce at (603) 224-2508.

The Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to developing economic opportunities, a strong business climate and enhanced quality of life in its communities throughout the region.

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