Chamber awards 2018 Business Grants for Teachers

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Concord, NH (July 2018) – Sean Skabo, Chair of the Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce Business Grants Committee, is pleased to announce recipients of the 2018 Business Grants.

Through its 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 seven grants chosen this year demonstrated that 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 held annually in August at Beaver Meadow Golf Course and generously sponsored this year by Northway Bank.

The Chamber’s 2018 grant recipients will use awarded funds to enhance local education as follows:  Shawn Moseley, Mark Paveglio and Amy Golden’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 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. The team writes, edits and publishes The Eagle Insider.

At Concord High School, Howie Leung’s CHS SOCK (Save Our Cold Kids) Club, a student organization focusing on supporting homeless students, will start a Crimson Care Closet. The SOCK Club will operate a food pantry, hosting food drives and partner with NH Food Bank to keep the shelves full of nutritional food.

At Bow High School, Michelle Hlavaz’s students will promote literacy through its Promoting Reading 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.

Corrine Lajoie and Danielle Meserve, Career Counselors at Hopkinton Middle High School, will have an opportunity to thank their generous mentors and partners with Career Connections. The grant will assist in recognizing businesses and individuals for offering internships, job shadows and speaking engagements through events. The grant will also help support the Career Fair.

Hailey Simpson, Merrimack Valley High School, will receive funding to support The Lion’s Den, MV's school store.

And Susan Seagroves will continue her well-known Knitting for Payson program at Bishop Brady High School, training students and teachers how to knit and sell finished products at craft fairs, using the proceeds as a fundraiser for Payson Cancer Center.

Grant recipients will be recognized at the Chamber’s October Business after Hours at Bank of New Hampshire. Thank you to the following members of the Business Grants Committee who generously gave their time to help review the 2018 grant applications: Sean Skabo (Chair), Merrimack County Savings Bank; David Luneau, ClassCo, Inc; Gary Miller, Unitil; Erin Schaick, CATCH Neighborhood Housing and Ryan Taylor, Consolidated Communications. Congratulations to our 2018 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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