Cutline: Bubble Man brings fun upclose

Bubble ManJaxsen Gagnon got to experience bubbles up-close with Mike the Bubble Man on Feb. 3, at the Medallion Opera House. The Gorham High School sophmore class was able to raise $800 at this event, which will benefit future class functions. The Gorham High School sophomore class thanked Capone Iron Corporation, Gorham House Florist, Chrissy Grant’s: It Works, Gorham House of Pizza, Gorham Corner Market, the Berlin Marketplace, Welches and the Yokohama for sponsoring this event. (COURTESY PHOTO)

Leaders of non-profits speak to students about importance of community service

GORHAM — Gorham Middle High School will join thousands of schools throughout the United States, Canada, and around the world to celebrate National Student Leadership Week, April 16-22, presented by National Honor Society and National Junior Honor Society.

The week is dedicated to recognizing and reinforcing the important role of student leaders. The theme for this year’s event is "Making a World of Difference."

National Student Leadership Week is celebrated each April to highlight and encourage student leadership and service in the nation’s schools. This year’s National Student Leadership Week celebration aims to encourage students to think globally and act locally to make a difference in their schools, communities and beyond. In conjunction with the theme, student leaders at Gorham Middle High School have planned special activities to showcase the many ways involvement as student leaders helps prepare young people for their roles in life.

On Monday, April 16, leaders of local non-profit organizations spoke to students on behalf of service within the community. The idea was to show students that there are different ways to make a "world of difference." To end leadership week, there will be a recognition ceremony on Friday, April 22, for all the leaders in GMHS from various clubs.

To learn more about National Student Leadership Week, visit

Louise Tillotson Teaching Fellowship is now accepting applications

The New Hampshire Charitable Foundation is now accepting applications for its Louise Tillotson Teaching Fellowship and Professional Development Scholarship programs.

Now in its tenth year, the Louise Tillotson Teaching Fellowship was established to honor and celebrate North Country teachers in public education. The fellowship is available to K-12 public school teachers in the North Country, which includes upper Grafton and Carroll Counties and Coos County, and in bordering communities in Essex County, Vt. Preference is given to teachers in Coos County.

Each year, the fellowship provides one to three teachers with awards ranging from $10,000 to $15,000 each. A selection committee will award fellowships based on candidates’ commitment to public education, breadth of experience, demonstration of innovation in education, creativity in solving problems, communication skills and ability to inspire educators and students.

Fellowship applications are available on the foundation’s website at

Completed applications are due Friday, April 28. Applications will be reviewed, and a small number of finalists will be invited to a personal interview in May.

The fellowship committee is also offering a scholarship program for professional development and continuing education for North Country teachers. Scholarships are available to K-12 public school teachers in the North Country and in bordering communities in Essex County, Vt. Preference is given to teachers in Coos County. Scholarship funds can be used for continuing education expenses, as well as workshops, tuition and conferences in support of professional development.

Candidates can apply for up to $1,000 by submitting an online application at The application deadline is Friday, April 28. Applicants may be contacted for more information regarding their application.

For more information on the fellowship or scholarships, contact Peter Benson, senior program officer, at (603) 225-6641 ext. 20271 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

College Equals Opportunity scholarship application now available for New Hampshire residents

In partnership with business leaders from New Hampshire companies, The New Hampshire Higher Education Assistance Foundation Network Organizations announces its 2017 College Equals Opportunity scholarship program is accepting applications through Friday, April 21. This annual scholarship program awards $2,500 scholarships to rising college juniors and seniors from New Hampshire with demonstrated outstanding leadership abilities, commitment to community service and academic excellence.

Eligible scholarship applicants must:

• Be a New Hampshire resident entering their junior or senior year as a full-time student in college (in-state or out of state) in the fall of 2017.
• Have a current grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 or higher.
• File the 2017-2018 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Since its inception in 2005, the CEO Scholarship program has awarded $345,000 in college scholarships to 79 New Hampshire resident college student leaders through the support of sponsors, including Tom Raffio, president and CEO of Northeast Delta Dental.

“Northeast Delta Dental is proud to support the CEO Program to help New Hampshire’s youth become more aware of the great benefit that a degree will have in their future. We enjoy partnering with NHHEAF and other local organizations to help make college less of a financial burden and therefore, a reality, for these students,” said Raffio.

For more information about the CEO program or to nominate a business leader to participate in the program as a supporter, visit or visit The NHHEAF Network Organizations online at