AmeriCorps volunteer to encourage higher education for Mountain Valley students

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DIXFIELD— More students at Mountain Valley High School will receive encouragement and assistance to pursue higher education thanks to a College Access Corps grant to pay for an AmeriCorps position at the school.

Principal Matthew Gilbert told the Board of Directors of Western Foothills Regional School Unit 10 recently that the AmeriCorps volunteer will work with the school’s guidance department to provide counseling to interested students.

According to a letter from College Access Corps 2010-2011, several candidates for the position should be ready to be interviewed by Gilbert by mid-May. That person would then work with MVHS students during the next school year.

The board also accepted a bid by Nick Beaulieu Inc. of West Gardiner of $64,299 to install a greenhouse at Pennacook Learning Center. The project is federally funded.

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The greenhouse will provide hands-on experiences for the school’s special needs students, co-director of special education director Paula Leavitt has said.

Work is expected to begin at the end of the current school year so students can begin using the greenhouse at the start of the next school year.

In other matters, the board approved a five-day trip for 13 Buckfield Junior-Senior High School students to College Park, Md., to participate in the National History Day Competition from June 13-18.

These middle and high school students won first and second places during the state competition last month. At least 13 chaperones will accompany the students.

The $667 per person cost will come from fundraisers.

eadams@sunjournal.com

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