Watch the entire 2015 season of growth at the Manchester Community & Educational Garden as it grew from April to September!
Nothing says spring like the arrival of a new season’s YAP! shirts!
This season’s shirts are cooler than ever as they were produced by another social enterprise, Exclusive Tees, that operates out of the Springfield, MA area.
Not unlike our YAP! program, Exclusive Tees provides vocational training, workplace skills, and employability programs but instead of using agriculture, they produce silk-screened products. The program is based in the Center for Human Development and gives committed youth in the residential program an enriching opportunity and valuable employment references.
Each winter The Tutorial Center Manchester provides the educational arm of winter training for the athletes in training at the American Snowboard Training Center. This year’s group was as dedicated as ever to their studies, and their olympic dreams. We love being on their team.
Cole Chopper, Alex Atno, and Austin and Alphonse Esposito with their teachers in Global History, Graphic Design, and Algebra 2 classes at TTC Manchester. And below, check out more of this season’s excitement!
The Tutorial Center in Bennington received a surprise visit last week by Michelle Peabody and Julianna Burnley of TD Bank, who handed out flowers to TTC teachers as a way to celebrate The Tutorial Center’s role in the community. TDBank employees are delivering these “random acts of kindness” to acknowledge area organizations that are important to the community.
“The Tutorial Center’s programs help to better the community and we just wanted to show how much we truly appreciate them,” said Peabody and Burnley.
We just received the great news that our YAP! program has been selected for a Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation Community Sprit Award.
The award was established to honor and encourage the spirit of community caring awakened by the tragic events of September 11, 2001. Harvard Pilgrim Health Care created a special fund to help their employees direct mini-grants to local community programs, helping to improve the places where we live, work and play.
The Harvard Pilgrim Foundation board recently created the Harvard Pilgrim Healthy Food Fund to support nonprofit organizations throughout Harvard Pilgrim’s service areas that make fresh (and often local) food easier to find and buy. In an effort to support our colleagues at Harvard Pilgrim who get involved in giving and service projects that focus on fresh food, the Foundation will add an extra $50 to the 2015 $500 mini-grants that support healthy fresh food programs.
We will certainly put the grants to good use, fueling our mission of providing agriculture education to students and fresh, local food to the community!