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Neighbors: Deerfield Elementary School second-graders helping the hungry

Hello neighbor.

Our neighbor Dawn Kempf of Greenfield, who teaches second grade at Deerfield Elementary School, has been working with her class and the other two second-grade classes — about 60 students — for the past three years to create jewelry, which is sold to other students, as part of that grade’s social studies curriculum.

The nice thing about this annual project is that all of the money goes to the local food bank.

Dawn told me second-graders raised $100 the first year, $300 last year, and have raised $706 so far this year. They will present the food bank with the money at the end of the school year.

She said every dollar students raise is worth $9 of food.

Dawn said students are learning about supply and demand, production and consumerism, working as a team to create something of value and, maybe most importantly, giving to others through community service.

She said students begin making bracelets, necklaces, beads, pendants and spinning tops in February or March each year — parents volunteered to help this year — and sell them for $1 to $2 to other students in the school at recess and before school each day.

“Everyone is so excited about this project,” said Dawn.

She said kindergarteners through sixth-graders buy second-graders’ products, and the money helps hungry children receive the nutritious food they deserve.

“They are having a great time while doing something really important for others,” said Dawn.

This is just one more example of neighbors helping neighbors and the wonderful work Franklin County residents are doing. Remember, you’re never too young or old to start.

OUR NEIGHBOR JONATHAN BOSCHEN would love to share his passion and teach other people about the Jam Handy Organization, which was a one-of-a-kind operation in its day. Henry Jamison “Jam” Handy was a man who contributed immensely to the field of audio and visual communications and defined the educational, industrial and documentary film genres.

Jonathan has begun a Kickstarter campaign to raise $27,000 to make a documentary on Handy. That amount will allow him to finance several tasks during production and postproduction of the film, including traveling to various locations to interview historians and former Jam Handy employees and also shoot footage.

In postproduction, Jonathan will need to hire a professional actor to narrate the film, as well as an audio engineer to work on the sound track and someone to adjust the scenes.

To contribute, visit:

For more information, contact Jonathan at 413-522-2112 or email him at:

THE GREEN RIVER HOUSE on Franklin Street in Greenfield has canceled its tag sale for next weekend and will reschedule to a date in September — the date and time will be announced in a future column.

HOLY TRINITY CHURCH ROSARY SOCIETY will hold a tag, rummage, book, plant, jewelry and bake sale on Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Father Casey Church Hall, 133 Main St. in Greenfield.

On May 31 only, there will be $1 bag sale at noon.

Items may be donated (bring them to the hall) on Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon, Monday from 1 to 5 p.m., and Tuesday from 9 a.m. to noon and 5 to 7 p.m.

Only clean items will be accepted. No magazines will be accepted.

For more information, call Marcy Hoynoski at 413-772-6983.

SWIFT RIVER SCHOOL will hold a pancake breakfast on May 31 to raise money to build a running track. The breakfast starts at 9:45 a.m. The cost is $5 for adults and $3 for children. It will be held at the school at 201 Wendell Road in New Salem.

From 10 to 11:30 a.m., there will be a dunk tank, raffle, bracelet sale and cake silent auction.

For more information, contact Christine Morin at 978-544-1929 or email her at:

IT MAY BE A BIT OF A HIKE for some of you, but Cameron’s Winery in Swanzey, N.H., will be kicking off its summer program on June 7 and several of our neighbors will be helping.

The winery, owned by Paul and Leslie Cameron at 766 Swanzey Road, will hold the program every Saturday this summer.

Maureen Sky of Bernardston, the author of a new children’s book, The Bling Fairies of Junket Falls,” will be there on June 7 to read from and sign her book at a Fairy Tea Party for the kids from 2 to 4 p.m. that day.

Each Saturday evening beginning then, there will be bands and musicians featured, including The Fall Town String Band of Bernardston, Corey Knapp of Orange, and Ken and Corki Lively from western Massachusetts.

Artists will be showcased every day throughout the summer, with each having a reception at the start of their show.

Leni Gaudet of Northfield will display pastel and animal portraits from July 5 through 13, while Marie Welch of Bernardston will have her paintings on display from July 19 through 27. The farm stand will be open every Saturday and Sunday at 7 a.m. — you’ll find plenty of cheese and local wines. Find your way up there at least once this summer — it sounds like a lot of fun.

THERE WILL BE A FUNDRAISER DINNER for our neighbor Michael Baronas on June 8 from 4 to 7 p.m. in Holy Trinity Parish Hall, 133 Main St. in Greenfield.

The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children younger than 10. There will be raffles, a bake sale and music by DJ Dark Knight.

All proceeds will go to Michael, who suffered a cerebral bleed on Dec. 22. He has been in the hospital and rehab centers for four months. The money will help with medical expenses. Tickets will be available at the door. If you cannot make it, but would like to donate, call 413-772-6687.

IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR SOMETHING FUN AND DIFFERENT for your children this summer, check out Just Roots Outdoor Adventure Week. Two one-week sessions will be held June 23 through 27 and Aug. 11 through 15.

Children ages 8 to 12 will find themselves exploring farm beds, river beds, wetlands and woodlands with guides Anne Naughton, Michael Sustick and Anna Marchefka.

To find out more about the program or to register your child or children, call 413-325-8969, email, or visit:

A REMINDER THAT RELAY FOR LIFE of Franklin County is just around the corner. On June 13 and 14, cancer survivors and their friends and families will take to the Franklin County Fairgrounds track for this American Cancer Society event. It all starts with a “Victory Lap” at 6 p.m. on June 13.

For more information, contact Sandy Brodie at 413-773-9217 or email her at:

To contact Anita Fritz, a staff reporter at The Recorder, send an email to: or call 413-772-0261, ext. 280. You can also reach Anita on Facebook at Anita’s Neighbors. Information to be included in Neighbors may also be sent to: up to noon two days before you want it to run.

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