Edward Fenn Kindergarten donates to victims of Hurricane Harvey

10 12 17 Ed Fenn KindergartenKindness counts at the Edward Fenn Elementary School. The kindergarten students wish to thank everyone who donated to their Houston Hurricane Relief collection. They mailed six boxes of school supplies and a gift card for books to their adopted classrooms. They look forward to spreading more kindness throughout the school year.

Gorham High School students traveled to Quebec

 

For the fourth year in a row, Gorham High School students who study French in the upper levels will have a chance to be immersed in French-Canadian culture by spending a day across the border.

The initiative, which aims to increase students’ cross-cultural competency and pride of the local French heritage, began with a day trip in December 2014 to Coaticook, where the group dined in a restaurant, explored the supermarket and visited the famous Laiterie de Coaticook for ice cream. During a 2015 trip, students participated in a scavenger hunt organized by the Ressourcerie des Frontieres, a recycling and conservation center. The Gorham High School group that year was greeted by the press and the story of their visit appeared in two Quebec newspapers and on one radio station.

This year the French III class visited Coaticook on Sept. 29, where they spent the day touring the local library and listening to a “storytime” session, eating in a French restaurant, shopping at a thrift store and a supermarket, and seeing the Foresta Lumina light show at Parc de la Gorge. Other trips this year will include a French IV class and a sociology class collaboration to visit the Universite de Sherbrooke for a campus tour and a French IV class and AP biology class trip to the Zoo de Granby.

The trips have been different each year, but each trip involves the application of French and some interesting discoveries about language and culture. Students are always surprised by the Canadian accent and the fact that so many Quebecers speak English.

They are even more surprised when they manage to communicate without using any English. In many cases, it is the first time students have been able to travel outside the United States. The day trips are possible since students on school trips who are under 19 are permitted to travel using their birth certificates and written permission from their parents.

The majority of students in Gorham have family members who speak French, and in many cases they have relatives who live in the region just north of the border. Given that the use of French within North Country families has died out in recent generations, the trips are part of an attempt to maintain its use and to build appreciation for the French ancestry shared by many people in the region.

The initiative will receive funding from the Neil and Louise TIllotson Fund of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation for the next three years. Success of the trips to Quebec will be measured by increased use of French within homes, especially across generations, as well as increased comfort of families to venture beyond the border and be immersed in Quebec culture.

 

 

Cutline: On the left side of the bus, from front to the back, and then from back to fron on the right side of the bus: Carley Roy, Isabelle Balch (the one holding the money), Grimmie Jones, Sophia Allen, Gavin Corrigan, Bryce Gauthier, Robert Morehouse, JT Harrington; Olivia Cyr (in center), Alexis Kruskie (sitting in back), Melvin Olson, Karyssa Lachance, Hannah MacDonald, Abbie Bernier, Kyle Tetreault and Bryanna Taylor.

 

 

Financial aid workshop to be held Wednesday

On Wednesday, Oct. 4, from 6 to 7 p.m., the Berlin High School guidance oice will host a financial aid workshop for parents and seniors in the school library

The New Hampshire Higher Education Assistance Foundation will make the presentation. Families will learn how to navigate through the federal financial aid process, explore what type of additional aid is available, review scholarship searches and understand the importance of meeting deadlines.

All seniors and parents are encouraged to attend.

There's plenty to do in Berlin during the fall

By Alexa Goyette
Special to The Berlin Sun
Are you wondering what to do this fall? If you’re like myself and many other teenagers, you may think that there’s “nothing to do” in Berlin, but you will be surprised at the many activities the area offers. Fall is the best time of the year to get out and enjoy the crisp air and time of changes.
Apple picking is the first thing many people think of when they think of fall. If you aren’t a sports enthusiast, you can go pick your own fresh and sweet apples at Gibson Orchard in Bethel, Maine. The people there are awesome and will supply you with everything you need.
The changing of the leaves is another thing that comes to mind when I think of fall. If you want to see the beautiful leaves on the trees or flowing in the wind, go for a drive around your town or somewhere in the woods.
Another way to see the leaves, clear your mind and enjoy the fall weather is to go for a nice walk in the woods. I suggest going for a hike up Mt. Jasper. The foot of the trail is located at the Berlin High School parking lot and when you get to the top, you will see the whole town.
If you’re more of a indoors person, you can get crafty and make a wreath out of leaves and pine cones. This will look great for a fall decoration. Speaking of decorations, fall is a great time to get your scarecrows, pumpkins and flowers out. Mums are the staple flowers of fall, and you can buy them in many places — for example, Sherman Farm in Center Conway. They also provide many other fun things to do, such as corn mazes and pumpkin patches. They will be open for these activities weekends through Oct. 29. If you get a pumpkin, you can make cute pumpkins and put them outside of your house.
This fall will also bring the annual Riverfire at Heritage Park in Berlin on Oct. 14. There will be a great supply of food, games and music, and there is also a hayride.
If you’re into scary things, there is the Ghoullog, located at Cranmore Mountain in North Conway. The Ghoullog is open on Fridays, Saturdays, and sometimes Sundays. They open in September and close in October. The cost is $32.
If you want to go to something more subtle, there is a Fall Foliage Festival in Warner on October 6-8. If you love to go buy things or look around, there is a farmers market in Berlin every Tuesday on downtown Main Street, where you can go hang out and enjoy the outdoors. Another fun thing to do outside is to have a picnic. Gather your friends or family and go have a picnic at a park in your area. You can also invite your friends and family to your fall themed cookout.
If you’re more of a homebody, don’t worry, there are fun ideas for you to do as well. You can get a pumpkin spice latte, which is the only thing that really matters in fall, at Dunkin Donuts, or make your own at home. All you need is milk, coffee and pumpkin spice. You can curl up with your latte and a nice cozy blanket and watch a seasonal movie.
Another thing you can do while you’re curled up is read a good book. Fall scented candles are also a necessity. You can light your candles and take a warm bath and just relax. If you love to cook or bake, you can bake some goodies and go to a bake sale. Baking is a stress reliever and also very yummy to eat after. You can bake some brownies, cookies, pies, cakes and anything else you can think of. You can also make candy apples, caramelized popcorn, pumpkin seeds and some soup.
If you aren’t a cook, you can come to the annual Key Club Pie Auction at Berlin High School, which will be held in November. With any of these things, apple cider is a must have. Apple cider can go with anything, and it is a fall item.
If you and your friends or family are night owls and want something to do at night, you could have a campfire and make s’mores and tell scary stories. Just make sure you have a fire permit, which can be obtained at the Berlin fire station or online. If you want to go all out at night, you can go climb a mountain or go on Cates Hill and watch the sunset.
One thing that I personally love to do in any season is go stargazing, but the crisp fall air is especially good for seeing stars. Stargazing is a peaceful, and relaxing thing to do, and this fall there will be two meteor showers, the Orionids on Oct. 21 and the Leonids, on Nov. 17.
All in all, fall is the best season of all, and you can’t argue with me on this. Berlin may seem boring and you may think there is nothing here, but if you think hard and deep enough you will find that there is actually a lot to do. This article should help you have the best fall season possible. Enjoy!
Alexa Goyette is in 10th grade and is a member of the publications class at Berlin High School.