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The Frances C. Richmond Middle School is contacted by local businesses and non-profits to make our parents aware of upcoming opportunities. We publish information that directly supports or enhances our grade 6-8 population. Please note that these are not school sponsored events. 




Week of May 2 - 6



Saturday - May 7th - Family friendly pancake breakfast!!

Tomorrow, Saturday, May 7th from 7:30-9:30AM. Storrs Pond Recreation Area. $5/adult. $3/youngsters 5-16. Children under 5, free! Blueberry (or plain) pancakes, real NH maple syrup (or sugar-free syrup), sausage (meat or vegetarian options), orange juice, coffee.

Bring your own plates and utensils if you would like to help us reduce waste. This event is done in conjunction with the Town of Hanover's Green Up Day! Families can plan to drop off full bags or pick up bags to fill later in the day. 

Mascoma Bank will have its shred truck there (1 box/family limit). Hanover Fire Department will have fire trucks at the event.

Sponsored by Hanover Rotary Club to raise funds for our international service projects. 




Hartford Area Career & Technology Center Summer Tech Camp (Hartford, VT)

Applications available now for this half day camp that meets the week of June 20th

Examples of past camp activities include welding, videography, photography, creating edible centerpieces, changing a tire, basic first aid, building a small toolbox

$50 participation fee and scholarships available

There will be a bus from RMS and back!


Jack Perri Basketball Camp

2 youth instructional summer camps (July 11th-14th, July 18th-21st) that will be for boys and girls in 3rd-8th grade & 9th/10th grade. 

3 Elite High School Boy’s prospect camps (May 15th, June 5th, and July 17th) for boys in 9th-12th grade.

The prospect camp will be live streamed and sent out to colleges in all 3 divisions. 

I have attached below flyers about our summer camps and prospect camps, can you please forward along the information to people that might be interested? It would be greatly appreciated! You can also register at, please reach out to me if you have any questions or concerns! 

Dawson Dickson - Men’s Basketball - Assistant Coach



New Hampshire Department of Education Financial Assistance for Summer Camps


Launch Pad Business & Innovation Camp

July 11-15 at the Richmond Middle School



William & Mary’s Center for Gifted Education 

Introducing our 2022 Virtual Summer Enrichment Programs for gifted students. Please share this email with gifted educators, school counselors, or anyone in your building who may be interested in providing this information to students and families. 

Our Summer Enrichment Program (SEP) is an academically challenging program with an emphasis on inquiry-based learning for students. This program recognizes the importance of allowing able youngsters to explore additional specialized areas of science, mathematics, humanities, and arts. Course activities are compatible with the expected achievement of talented students at specific grade and age levels.

Prior to the pandemic, this program was only offered in person and to families local to William & Mary. However, over the past year, these virtual classes have expanded our program immensely. We are excited to share our program with you and your community. Included in this email is an electronic flyer, should you wish to share this opportunity with families in your school. If you have further questions, please feel free to browse our website or reach out to me at any time.

Mya Thompson, Precollegiate Program Coordinator,


Stem Robotix 

Registration is now open for both spring groups (3/31/22 - 6/20/22) and summer camps (6/27/22 - 7/29/22)for students in Grades 3 - 8.  Please visit the website for more details.  Open House on Thursday March 10th.   


Carter Community Building Association (CCBA) 

NEW! Middle and High School Strength Training – Open to all, FREE with CCBA Membership! – Starts April 19

Jeremy Chiasson, NASM Certified Personal Trainer, will conduct a strength training program twice a week for those in grades 7-12 on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4:30-5:30pm, starting April 19. Participants will learn how to lift weights properly and safely, develop a personalized weight training program to meet their individual fitness goals, and go through an active workout during each session. Please sign up at the Welcome Desk!


Kids’ Running Program with Expert Trainer, Jon Cioffi


Our expert trainer has designed a 6-week program to help young athletes improve athleticism and on-field performance. Each session will include hands-on coaching and will introduce proper warm-up principles, running mechanics, strength-building, balance, posture and coordination, change of direction, and acceleration/deceleration. Participating athletes will learn skills designed to improve their running mechanics for faster, more explosive movements in competitive situations.

For more details and to sign-up on CCBA website: Movement, Mechanics, and Motion


Upper Valley Wrestling Club - New Offering for Youth!

A new Upper Valley wrestling club will be hosted by the CCBA, beginning in mid-April. Open to all middle and high school students. No experience necessary – a great sport for building strength, discipline, and leadership. If you are interested in learning more, please contact Shawn O'Meara:


This Land: American Engagement with the Natural World  

January 5–July 24, 2022 

This groundbreaking exhibition explores artistic responses to the natural world by diverse American artists working from the early nineteenth century to the present. Approximately 160 objects by Euro-American, African American, Latin American, Asian American and Native American artists compel us to consider new perspectives on America’s histories and to reflect on our own relationship to place and land. Appropriate for students of all ages and teachers of all disciplines, from humanities to STEM.

Click Here to Schedule a Tour or contact Tour Coordinator Randall Kuhlman at 


Hartford Police Drug Take Back Days!

Hartford Police Department in support of the National Prescription Drug Take Back Days – to promote safe disposal of unused prescription medications.

​Safely mail-in your unused prescriptions. Get an envelope and more information here.


Mt. Ascutney Prevention Partnership & Green Peak Alliance!

Below please find our April 2022 prevention digest. 

This month’s edition focuses on celebrating young children and youth!

This month’s topics: 

*Week of the Young Child: April 2nd – April 9th celebrates early childhood programs.

*Training Opportunity: Upcoming trainings on youth mental health and substance use.

*MOVIE DAY J : Wednesday April 6th from 12pm-1pm ~ “LIKE” movie, impacts of social media.

*Learning from our Librarians: See what librarians did after receiving LGBTQ+ training.

*Your Input Matters!:  Take survey to shape Vermont’s plan to reduce Tobacco & Vaping

*Latest Research: Youth Mental Health, protective factors that worked during COVID

*NEW* additions to the health policy clearinghouse – see below for updates!

*Spring Drug Take Back is Back!:  April 30th from 10am – 2pm at local police stations, see details.


Week of the Young Child – Sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children, this week of April 2nd – 9th celebrated early childhood programs that help expand opportunities for children and families. MAPP also wishes to celebrate families with young children and the value of spending time together, dinners together, crafting, laughing, etc. For fun activities to share with young children, visit:

1. []

2.      Time Together Packet []

3.      Activity Cube []

4.      FREE Downloads [], how to build assets that ensure healthy youth develop


Training Opportunities -  Please consider these important opportunities

PROJECT ECHO: Supporting Students in Mental Health Distress

ECHO sessions will be held every other Tuesdays starting April 5, 2022 - May 31, 2022, from 3:30-4:30pm EST

At the conclusion, participants will be able to design a plan of care to address the needs of students who are at risk of harm due to mental distress by completing accurate assessments that lead to appropriate support and referral to providers.


CONFERENCE: Teaching Cannabis Prevention and Awareness - A Focus on the Triangulum of Cannabis, Tobacco, and Vaping

April 27th, 2022 & April 28th, 2022 from 11am – 3:30pm EST (note: registration materials use PST time 8am – 11:30am)


*Lots of sessions, consider sending a team! Email  for a flyer of breakouts or if cost is a barrier.


MOVIE DAY! - Please join us next Wednesday  (4/6) at noon,  when HCRS will be sponsoring a virtual screening of the “Like” movie. This is the second in the Indie Flix series and it focuses on the effect of social media upon youth.  It’s a great film, and I hope that you will be able to join to view it—AND!!—will you please share this with the teenagers and parents that you work with? They, and you will  need to register in advance, so please get the word out.

Panel Discussion to Follow the 50 Minute Screening ~ For the Zoom link, please email Mary at

Learning from the Librarians – We recently surveyed librarians about changes they’ve made to policies and practices after attending a training MAPP hosted about LGBTQ+ Inclusion. Here’s some of what they shared about changes that have been made as a result of the training:

Collections and programs

Policy and Practice


~ We have made a point to diversify our collection, adding titles by and about LGBTQ+ folks. We are also updating our library policies to have more inclusion language.

~ More focus on including titles by/about diverse authors/topics in all our collections.

~ Our new library card application asks for pronouns.

~ Included pronouns on name badges.


~ I have pronouns in my email signature now.

~ Additional readings on this topic and other marginalized groups.


Your Input Matters! Vermont residents, educators, prevention professionals, etc. are being given a great opportunity to contribute to an important effort to reduce the burden of tobacco and nicotine addiction among Vermonters, and to connect with others in the state who share this goal. Please, take this survey [] and contribute your thoughts in the Vermont Tobacco Control Program’s strategic planning process. Thank you!

New Additions to the Health Policy Clearinghouse! - The Green Peak Alliance’s Health Policy Clearinghouse, hosted by TRORC, has additional resources available for policy makers to support healthy communities. New additions include templates for municipal smoke-free housing and smoke-free town-owned parks and recreation areas, as well as the municipal guidance document released by the Cannabis Control Board in January. To access these resources and more, go to []

Latest Research - Longitudinal survey data of more than 3,000 adolescents ages 11-14 recorded before and during the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 found that supportive relationships with family and friends and healthy behaviors, like engaging in physical activity and better sleep, appeared to shield against the harmful effects of the pandemic on adolescents' mental health. To read and find out more, visit NIH News [].

Like this study shows, MAPP and other community partners know that developing youth assets can protect kids from hard decisions and also put them on a path to health and success. Here are some great messages from our partners at Green Peak Alliance.

Spring Drug Take Back – Saturday, April 30th from 10am – 2pm, dispose of unwanted medications safely. This protects youth, pets, and our environment. Police Departments hosting DTB include: Chester, Hartford, Ludlow, Norwich, Royalton, Springfield, Windsor. Also hosting is Windsor County Sheriff’s Office in Woodstock and Weathersfield Transfer Station.


Circle UP!

Circle Up! Invites all Dresden-Area Community members to participate in monthly meetings to support youth wellness, resiliency, and prevent substance misuse and suicide. Engage on whatever level feels right, bring ideas or listen to what other caregivers are thinking about. 

Meetings are the second Tuesday of each month at 7 PM and can be accessed via zoom at this link.

Unable to attend meetings, but want to stay involved in the conversation? Please consider joining the Circle Up! Facebook group and our email list 


Dartmouth - Paid Tutoring

Peter Mikhlin is the tutoring operations chair for Health Access For All (HAFA), a Dartmouth College student group that offers inexpensive tutoring and donates all proceeds to organizations fighting health inequities. 

Their members offer tutoring to high school and middle school students, and help high school seniors with college essays. They are all highly qualified Dartmouth students, and all of their proceeds are donated to the nonprofits they support. This term, all of their proceeds will be sent to Good Neighbor Health Clinic, an organization providing free medical and dental care to uninsured adults in the Upper Valley. HAFA tutors can help children who need to brush up on course material, while giving families the opportunity to contribute to their own community. Due to the current pandemic, they are offering financial aid to low-income families, children of essential workers, and financial alleviation for anyone in need, as their main goal is to support the community in all ways possible. .

People can request tutoring by filling out this form, and you can find out more information about their work on our website.


Research Opportunities

Join our research to better understand how children and adolescents process visual media and health outcomes.  Sponsored by Dartmouth - Full information here.


Friends of Hanover Norwich Schools

Please join the Friends in making our schools stronger, and supporting projects that enrich the student experience. This past year, the Friends made a major rapid-response grant to SAU70 to help underwrite Covid-19 expenses and the important work of the Equity Committee. We also increased our funding of supplies and teacher-led initiatives that will enrich the curriculum and make our schools safer. Other recent grants include funding for a district-wide curriculum review, books for young readers, science and art materials, Responsive Classroom training, and support for an LGBTQ+ workshop. Learn more and make a contribution at Thank you!


Howe Library Events

Howe Library/Happening @ the Howe

Job Opportunity! The Howe Library Corporation is seeking a talented Development Coordinator to help galvanize community support for library programs and collections. Flexible schedule, generous compensation. Do you have a love of libraries, strong organizational skills, and excellent interpersonal abilities? We'd like to meet you. Learn more on the Howe Library website:


Upper Valley Websites to Explore