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Hawlemont ‘farm idea’ goes to Boston

CHARLEMONT — Community Innovation Challenge Grant Program Manager Tim Dodd received a visit Friday from Hawlemont students Jaxon and Rosco Palmer, their mother, School Committee Chairwoman Ivy Palmer and Superintendent Michael Buoniconti.

Buoniconti wore a borrowed cow costume from one of last fall’s Community Spelling Bee participants to promote Hawlemont’s bid to create a Common Core curriculum that uses agriculture as a focus.

The four went to Boston to bring student-written letters of support for Hawlemont’s application for a $325,000 Community Innovation Challenge Grant, which would be used to build the curriculum, as well as a greenhouse and barn that the schoolchildren would use as part of their learning experience.

Despite getting a little lost in Boston, “We had a very pleasant trip,” said Buoniconti. “We were very well received by the office.

“He was a former classroom teacher. He spent time talking with the students, and he showed us around the Statehouse.

Buoniconti said he should know within the next three weeks whether Hawlemont will get the grant.

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