Children's Book Author, Bill Doyle, Skype visits Indian River School's Fifth Grade

Holly Howes, IRS media specialist and the Grade Five teachers of Indian River School received a mini-grant from Friends of Mascoma that enabled every student and teacher to receive a hardback copy of "The Prizewinners of Piedmont Place",  Bill Doyle's entertaining book about a fifth grader's family quest to win a contest. The IRS Library Book Sales fundraising helped also. All the students knew they were going to meet the author via Skype, so they all kept questions to ask, as they were reading.  And.... they came prepared.  Bill told them all about being a writer and some tips, also, to help them write. The students were insightful and Bill was inspirational.  Thank you donors for making very special projects like this happen.

To read more about Bill Doyle go to www.billdoyle.net .

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Bill Doyle's newest book and sequel to the book the students just read.  FOM donated these five books to the library and we are pretty sure they are already checked out!

Bill Doyle's newest book and sequel to the book the students just read.  FOM donated these five books to the library and we are pretty sure they are already checked out!

Volunteer and Artist Reception at MVRHS on March 10th

Friends of Mascoma Foundation celebrated our art initiative "Art All Around" and our volunteers at a well attended reception. This is a great example of how community artists and volunteers support our school district and link together to offer more opportunities and resources. 

Michael Kraatz of Canaan in front of "Diverse Unity", a multi-media mural he designed and created in collaboration with his wife, Susan Russell. Thanks to the support from the Brundage Foundation, the Mascoma Bank Foundation, Friends of Mascoma Foundation donors and volunteers, Chris Morse with Experiencing the Arts and Mascoma students in Dave Shinnlinger's wood shop classes.  There are pieces of wood in the mural from the old gymnasium, bleachers and library shelves, along with pieces students created.  Please go view this in the entrance hall to the media center. 

Michael Kraatz of Canaan in front of "Diverse Unity", a multi-media mural he designed and created in collaboration with his wife, Susan Russell. Thanks to the support from the Brundage Foundation, the Mascoma Bank Foundation, Friends of Mascoma Foundation donors and volunteers, Chris Morse with Experiencing the Arts and Mascoma students in Dave Shinnlinger's wood shop classes.  There are pieces of wood in the mural from the old gymnasium, bleachers and library shelves, along with pieces students created.  Please go view this in the entrance hall to the media center. 

Rebecca Powell, an Enfield tapestry weaver, has collaborated with Experiencing the Arts in Art Design class to create from the students' nature themed designs a beautiful-to-be 4x6 foot tapestry to hang in the new media center. Woodshop students built the loom for her and Friends of Mascoma Foundation is happy to fund all the materials for all of our artists through our above mentioned sources. Becky can be found most weeks in the front entrance halls of the MVRHS and welcomes a visit from you. Margaret LeVesque a volunteer from Enfield is also pictured.

Rebecca Powell, an Enfield tapestry weaver, has collaborated with Experiencing the Arts in Art Design class to create from the students' nature themed designs a beautiful-to-be 4x6 foot tapestry to hang in the new media center. Woodshop students built the loom for her and Friends of Mascoma Foundation is happy to fund all the materials for all of our artists through our above mentioned sources. Becky can be found most weeks in the front entrance halls of the MVRHS and welcomes a visit from you. Margaret LeVesque a volunteer from Enfield is also pictured.

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Gary Wood, a Canaan master wood craftsman, collaborated with Dave Shinnlinger's wood shop students to build this beautiful cherrywood bench that graces the front lobby. This project was supported by Friends of Mascoma Foundation and the Guild of NH Woodworkers.  

 

Friends of Mascoma Foundation is proud to have saved and restored the Generations Mural that had to be removed in pieces from the old existing wall , stored and rehung in a new spot. We thank Matt Dow, our board member, and MTD Property for donating their time and expertise to rehang the mural. Gary Hamel of Orange, pictured above in the hat and beard, was the original artist in residence.  We would love to see this mural continue.

Friends of Mascoma Foundation is proud to have saved and restored the Generations Mural that had to be removed in pieces from the old existing wall , stored and rehung in a new spot. We thank Matt Dow, our board member, and MTD Property for donating their time and expertise to rehang the mural. Gary Hamel of Orange, pictured above in the hat and beard, was the original artist in residence.  We would love to see this mural continue.

As you can see this was a festive night celebrating our wonderful community Artists and Volunteers. If you would like to be a volunteer, please email us at info@friendsofmascoma.org.  

As you can see this was a festive night celebrating our wonderful community Artists and Volunteers. If you would like to be a volunteer, please email us at info@friendsofmascoma.org.

 

We are grateful our students chose us to fulfill their community service hours.

We are getting lots of community service help to organize, weigh and pack our donations of food for the upcoming winter break food boxes that are Indian River School's Helping Hands project and the MVRHS Making a Difference project.  

Pictured here are students Sam Rizzo, Zoe Stanford, Julianna Morse and Lana Evans (Pantry Volunteer) Standing are helping moms, Liz Rizzo and Jodi Morse.

Pictured here are students Sam Rizzo, Zoe Stanford, Julianna Morse and Lana Evans (Pantry Volunteer)

Standing are helping moms, Liz Rizzo and Jodi Morse.

Student of the Month "Perks" from FOM!

Ashlynn Moses of Enfield  

Ashlynn Moses of Enfield

 

Joshua Simoneau and Kylie Sumner of Canaan  

Joshua Simoneau and Kylie Sumner of Canaan

 

One of our annual fundraising auction items in September was to treat the first three Students of the Month with an ordered lunch from Mickey's Cafe in Enfield delivered to them by an FOM board member.  They also received VIP parking for the day.  This auction item was won by Kate Plumley Stewart.  Who will be the next three lucky and deserving students?

VIP parking for the Day!

VIP parking for the Day!

Brooks Hubbard and Hannah Hoffman Rock Whaleback to Benefit FOM

Tuesday, December 27th: Over 100 Friends of Mascoma Supporters turned out for our 2nd Annual Night of Homegrown Talent featuring Mascoma alumni Brooks Hubbard and Hannah Hoffman at Whaleback Mountain. Many thanks to both artists for sharing their talent for another fun night celebrating community! You can see live video from the event on our Facebook page. Hear more and support the artists by downloading music through their webpages [linked above].

We are grateful to Whaleback for their partnership and to Donnie Dunkerton, a Mascoma alum and owner of Dunk's Concessions, for serving up delicious fair food for everyone at the event. We were thrilled to have Mascoma's Best Variety Mix 96.6, a radio station run by Mascoma students, broadcast live from the event. Listen to Mix 96.6 online and show them some love on Facebook.

We would also like to thank our amazing team of volunteers of all ages for being wonderful ambassadors for Friends of Mascoma and to everyone who took the trip out to the Whale - it's fun and now you all know it's actually not that far! The event raised over $600 to support Friends of Mascoma's ongoing work in our community.

Did you miss it? Watch for other #MascomaMixer events throughout the year and pencil us in for Christmas break next year!

Did you know? Whaleback is also a 501(c)(3) non-profit community foundation. They are open for skiing now and also rent out their facility in the off-season. Hit the slopes at this family friendly mountain and enjoy reasonable rates and the new snow while it lasts!

Not Too Late to Donate in 2016!

Please consider a donation to Friends of Mascoma Foundation!  We are busy working on our 2016 Annual Newsletter. We hope you will be part of our support system in 2016.  Let's ring in the New Year with strong commitments!

Thank you all; we are excited about 2017.  Look for the grand installation of the Kraatz and Russell multi media mural to be revealed in January!  This is one of our Art All Around Initiatives.

Friends of Mascoma Foundation wishes you all a Happy New Year!  Let's go out with a bang for your buck!

Friends of Mascoma Foundation wishes you all a Happy New Year!  Let's go out with a bang for your buck!

Indian River School Fifth Grader Rides to School in Canaan Firetruck Engine #1

Cameron Jesperson-Pecor had a great ride to IRS in a big red Canaan Firetruck thanks to the Canaan Fire Department for generously donating their time for an auction item for our annual fundraising dinner in September. Christine Jespersen had the winning bid and she awarded this experience to her grandson. 

   

 

 

Alton Hennessy, John Hennessy, Cameron, Chief Bill Bellion ready to get to school!

Co-Principal for the Day at Indian River School

Rachel Dargie, an eighth grade student at Indian River School, was Co-Principal for a day with Principal Kevin Towle, who generously donated his time to give Rachel a wonderful experience that was the result of our annual fundraising auction item that Linda Paulsen of Canaan won and awarded to Rachel.  We thank you for supporting our efforts to offer more opportunities to our staff and students.

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Great News from our Margarita's Lebanon Fundraiser on Veteran's Day!

We raised over $1400 at Margarita's Lebanon On November 11. We are so appreciative of all of the support. Thank you to Margs for hosting and generously donating to FOM, to everyone who came out to dine and celebrate community with us, and to our awesome volunteers who greeted restaurant goers all day. 

Pictured are board members: Andrew Cushing, Carolyn Cusick and Theresa Sabol

Raffle winner of FOM swag: Jayden Montebianchi of Canaan

Veteran's raffle of a $25 gift certificate to Margs: Steve Josephson of Virginia

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King Arthur's Flour Bake for Good Program benefits FOM pantries.

Fourth graders at Canaan Elementary School participated in King Arthur's Bake for Good program.  The fourth graders and their teachers, Mrs. Naranjo, Mrs. Landry and Mr. Henry were proud to donate their home-baked bread loaves to two local charities: End 68 Hours of Hunger and Friends of Mascoma Foundation. We were delighted to offer this fantastic contribution to our Friends Feeding Friends Food pantries.  Thank you for caring!

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Some of the participating Fourth Graders with their take home kits.

Mrs. Kim Naranjo, fourth grade teacher at CES, handing off some of the Bake for Good bread to Carolyn Cusick, representing FOM.

Margarita's Fundraiser for Friends of Mascoma 11/11/16 from 11 AM to 11 PM

Join us Friday, November 11th at Margaritas Lebanon and have some fun for a great cause!

20% of your DINNER receipt WILL BE donated to us if you do one of the following 4 things:

  1. Save this voucher on your smartphone and show it to your server,
  2. Print your voucher and show it,
  3. Mention that you are dining to support "Friends of Mascoma" or
  4. Grab a voucher in the entryway to give to your server while you are signing up to win Friends of Mascoma gear in our FREE RAFFLE!

Many thanks to Margaritas of Lebanon for graciously hosting this fun event!

Something Exciting Coming to the Beautiful Blue Wall in the MVRHS!

This Blue Wall is there for an amazing reason!  Michael Kraatz and Susan Russell, mixed media artists of Canaan, actually started our Art Initiative by donating their awesome talents within a week of the bond being passed by our five towns to create an art installation in the renovated high school.  They have been working on a 300 square foot creation since then.  FOM has funded all materials and added the "blue reinforced wall".  We will keep you in suspense!

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Winter Clothing Giveaway Helps Keep Our Community Residents Warm

Many thanks to all who donated items and to the many volunteers who helped organize the donated clothing and blankets to the Friends of Mascoma Warm Winter Clothing Giveaway. We had lots of happy shoppers who found some great items.  In the Spirit of sharing, leftover items were donated to other Upper Valley charities.  We thank the Community Lutheran Church of Enfield for the awesome space to use and for allowing us to collect and sort items ahead of time right on site!

Volunteers put the finishing touches on sorting and organizing clothing, jackets, blankets, and many other warm winter items.

Volunteers put the finishing touches on sorting and organizing clothing, jackets, blankets, and many other warm winter items.