Chamber awards 2019 Business Grants for Teachers

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Concord, NH (July 2019) – Sean Skabo of Merrimack County Savings Bank and Chair of the Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce Business Grants Committee is pleased to announce the Chamber's 2019 Business Grants recipients.

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 seven 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 Northway Bank.

Here are some of the ways this year’s grants will be used to enhance local education:

        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 Amanda Neidhardt. The team writes, edits and publishes The Eagle Insider.

        Kinetic Sculpture Building, led by Rick Bragg, will teach Rundlett Middle School students the principals of STEAM through the creation of a kinetic sculpture (a human powered, all-terrain, aquatic artwork); designing, building and creating visual sculpture.

        Joan Follansbee’s third graders at the Harold Martin School will manage a Popcorn Business; taking orders, making and delivering popcorn to the entire school each Friday.

        Students at Pembroke Academy will host students from the entire school district to an all-day Spanish Immersion Festival. Led by Molly McCrum and Christine Ferguson students will be immersed in Spanish language and culture and learn more about the advantages of speaking a foreign language.

        The students in Robert Woolner’s class at Hopkinton Middle High School will monitor weather data to gain a better understanding of the slowly changing conditions of the atmosphere with the with Weather Data in Contoocook project.

        Leadership BHS , a program inspired by the Leadership Greater Concord program, will allow students at The Beech Hill School to design and lead a community service project, meet community leaders and learn the value of collaboration. Rick Johnson’s eight graders will take an active, hands on role as they hone their own personal leadership development skills.

        The Multimedia Announcement Project at Pembroke Academy will allow students in Kae Cunningham’s media class a means to better communicate with students via broadcast media. Students will create videos of school activities, write PA announcements and even solicit advertising from area businesses.

Grant recipients will be recognized at the Chamber’s October Business after Hours at The Hotel Concord. The Chamber thanks the following members of the Business Grants Committee who generously gave their time to help review the 2019 grant applications: Sean Skabo (Chair), Merrimack County Savings Bank; David Luneau, ClassCo, Inc; Gary Miller, Unitil; Melissa Howard, CRVNA; Erin Schaick, CATCH Neighborhood Housing, and Ryan Taylor, Consolidated 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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