Schools Out! hosts family night to seek community support


November 07, 2013
OSSIPEE — The Schools Out! Program at Ossipee Central School is more than just an afterschool enrichment program for the town's elementary-aged children. It is also a host of many community events like the one held at the school on Oct. 24.

The Program partnered up with Ossipee Recreation Department, UNH Cooperative Extension, Remick Country Doctor Museum and Farm, and Center Ossipee Fire Department to host their 11th Annual Fall Family, Food and Fun Night.

About 120 individuals from 20 families attended the event that offered a dinner of make your own subs, salad, chips and brownies. After dinner, families were invited to join in on a wide variety of enrichment activities. The activities focused on team work, communication, fire safety, and family appreciation.

The Mountain Grainery in Ossipee donated pumpkins and mums to decorate the cafeteria and those were distributed as prizes at the event. Schools Out! Director Jen Berkowitz also gave special recognition to Aden Martineau and his mother, Angel Knight. The pair spent weeks volunteering their time to make beautiful leaf centerpieces for the tables.

"I would like to express my sincere appreciation to the partner programs and volunteers who helped make this special community event possible," said Berkowitz.

About 50 students per day participate in the Schools Out! Program. The daily program offers a healthy snack, homework club, an extensive offering of a variety of enrichment programs, and late bus transportation. The program gets about half of its annual budget through a federal 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant. The remaining $80,000 must be raised through town meeting funding, tuition fees, fundraisers, donations, and smaller grants.

Anyone interested in making a donation to or who would like to volunteer to help with Schools Out! Is asked to contact Berkowitz at Ossipee Central School at 539-4589.

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