Students and staff from Southern New Hampshire University purchased 369 gifts for eight community organizations. 70 of those generous gifts came to our school district to help Manchester's middle and high school students who could use a holiday boost. Our school district social workers picked up the gifts and some of the university's athletes, including memebrs of the womens' lacrosse team, were on hand to help load the vehicles.
Bonnie Lorento, Office Manager at the Center for Community Engaged Learning
at Southern New Hampshire University has been coordinating this effort for the past several years, and we are so grateful!
Manchester School of Technology is open for enrollment in next year's 2- and 4-year programs. MST-HS uses competency-based education providing rigorous academics in combination with career and technical education (CTE) classes. Current eighth graders can apply to MST-HS by February 17. Students for the class of 2021 will be chosen by lottery.
Current high school sophomores interested in the Career and Technical Education program can register at the end of this school year for the courses they're interested in at their home schools. Transportation is provided for students spending part of their school day at MST. The CTE program serves juniors and seniors from Manchester and surrounding towns.
There’s a community experiment going on at West High School that by all accounts seems to be successful. Now in its second week, the “Before I Die” project allows students and staff to anonymously reveal their deepest hopes, life goals, and dreams on chalkboard walls. Anyone can pick up a piece of chalk and complete the stenciled sentence, “Before I die I want to. . . .” with whatever their personal aspirations are.
A group of English learner students spearheaded the project at West, inspired by a New Orleans artist they learned about in class. Candy Chang created the very first “Before I Die” wall in her own neighborhood. Since 2011, more than 1,000 Before I Die walls have been created in at least 70 countries, in over 35 languages.
Most of those walls are community projects. We know of just one other Before I Die wall in New Hampshire -- created in Portsmouth -- but the ones at West are the first ever in a school. The EL students monitor the walls they created in a stairwell and in t…