Give Us a Turkey and You Might Get an Eagle or a Birdie!

Golfer Bill Blanchette and Glenn Brandish leave they turkeys with Sally Perkins from the Pleasant Street United Methodist Food Pantry and Marilyn Campbell of the Campbell Scottish Highlands Golf Course.

For the 10th year, Campbell’s Scottish Highlands Golf Course hosted a day of Golfing to support a local Food Pantry.  Golfers were invited to play for free by simply bringing a frozen turkey to the clubhouse on Monday of this week.  By 10 o’clock over 50 turkeys were safely stored in the back of a pick up truck waiting to be placed in the freezers at the Pleasant Street Methodist Church Food Pantry.  Greta Rose Barnes, one of the food pantry coordinators, helped at the golf course and mentioned that currently the pantry is helping 50 - 60 families every week, and sees the need growing.  Marilyn Campbell of the Scottish Highlands Golf Course noted that the New England Golf Courses Association first developed the program and this year over 120 people have registered for tee times to play for this great cause.

From the left, Marilyn Campbell, Stan Currier and Greta Rose Barnes survey the turkeys collected for the food pantry.

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Beginners to Dance Class Halloween Performance

by Anum Hussain

The Salem High School Beginners to Dance class performed a Halloween dance to their fellow students and staff during block 4 in the Davis Gymnasium last Friday. Instructor Ms. Slater, along with independent study student Cally Wickson, helped to teach and choreograph the dance.

The dancers wore black pants and shirts, made and decorated in class, to add effect to the debut dance. As a class consisting of mostly female students, the girls split into groups to perform their dances, while the only male student, Niko Pelosi, began the dance with a solo. With a touch of flips and turns, Niko commenced the performance with his dance to the popular teen song Low by Flo Rida.

Each group of girls took turns performing to popular high school songs including I Got It from My Momma by Will.I.Am., Coconut Juice, by Tyga, and Calabria by Enur. The special needs students were also given their time to shine, dancing in sync to Wall to Wall by Chris Brown.

Then, unexpectedly, the lights turned off. All performers moved to the back center of the gym holding flashlights as the well-known song Thriller by Michael Jackson boomed through the gym. The lights flashed back on, the students formed a line, and one by one turned to show the backs of their shirts spelling out “Happy Halloween.”

At the end of the performance, the many classes invited to watch the show roared in applause as the dancers took pumpkin buckets and threw candy to the audience.

    The class worked hard to put together the dance, ending the quarter with a well-deserved final performance.

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A Fun Day at Haigh

by Robyn Hatch

The Walter Haigh School, under the direction of Principal Gail Rowe, finished up an incredibly fun-filled day.  This is probably not unlike some of the adventures in the other Salem schools, but this is an example to show how education has changed for the better over the years.

Haigh started off with ‘Grandparents/Special Friends Day.’  This was a time for family and friends to actually interact with the teachers and students, by learning some of what goes on daily in the classrooms.  Much to everyone’s surprise, the topic was Math, and everyone walked away with a better understanding of how to move this learning experience from school into the home.  Math proved to be more interesting than ever thought possible!

Later in the day, Haigh had a huge Awards Assembly.  This type of assembly happens often, but this one was for ‘Wee Deliver’ and the ‘Postmaster Award.’  Haigh recently started Wee Deliver after it had been cut in many of the school programs.  Gail and her staff thought it important to be brought back, to provide the children with real-life experiences in which to apply basic skills.

Some of the skills learned consisted of addressing envelopes, writing letters with correct punctuation, locating street addresses using zip codes, and job interviewing skills.  This was an effort completed by all, with interviews, teacher recommendations, and much hard work by students and teachers.  The Postmaster winner was 5th grader Connor Rowe, who had his award presented by Salem Postmaster Heidi Stewart.  There were many other awards for facers, nixie clerks, sorters and letter carriers.  This event was incredible fun and a real learning experience by all who participated.

Pat Desmarais with Kylie Greeley (Miss Mahoney, gr. 1)

Emma Sheedy and grandpa, Bill Roddy (Miss Mahoney, gr.1)

Waiting for results

A few of the winners for Wee Deliver

Connor being sworn in by Heidi Stewart, Postmaster of Salem

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Kiwanis Club Donates $25,000 to the Salem Council on Aging

Howie Zidel, President of Kiwanis Club of Salem, is proud to announce the $25,000 donation to the Salem Council on Aging to complete the necessary fund raising for a new 1,500 square foot addition to the Salem Senior Center.  This two-story addition will include a new entry/reception area for the popular Salem Senior Center.  Construction is expected to start in the very near future.

Recently, the Kiwanis Club was approached by Patti Drelick, Salem Senior Center Director, and members of the Salem Council on Aging for a donation.  They gave a very compelling presentation to Kiwanis Club members at a recent meeting.  According to Howie Zidel the presentation was very professional and complete.  They asked for a $25,000 donation to complete the fundraising for the new $200,000 addition.

“We are proud to make this contribution”, said Howie Zidel, “and the vote by the membership was unanimous.”  The Kiwanis Club of Salem strongly supports the council’s efforts and its many contributions to the seniors of the greater Salem area.  We are very proud to be partners with the other donors who are making this project happen.

The Salem Kiwanis Club has a longstanding tradition of serving the Salem Community with its financial donations and service projects.  Recently, the club celebrated its 55th anniversary.  In recent years, the Club has gifted thousands of dollars to the Greater Salem community.  The long list of recipients include the Salem Boys and Girls Club, Salem Caregivers, Silverthorn, Salemhaven, Meals on Wheels, Salem Welfare Administration, Rockingham Nutrition Center, and over $100,000 in scholarships to deserving Salem High School students.  In addition, the Club has made a very strong financial commitment to the New England Kiwanis Foundation who supports the Children’s Trauma Unit at the Tufts Medical Center in Boston.

For further information concerning this donation and other Kiwanis Club of Salem matters, contact Howie Zidel, Club President, at (978) 521-0901 or 894-4156, or Tom, Fabrizio, Club Treasurer.

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