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Hawlemont receives state award, grant

  • Hawlemont Regional Elementary School Principal Lindsay Rodriguez, third from the left, poses for a photo during a ceremony for winners of the Secretary’s Award for Excellence in Energy and Environmental Education in the Great Hall of Flags at the State House. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Staff Writer
Published: 6/20/2019 4:51:15 PM
Modified: 6/20/2019 4:51:05 PM

CHARLEMONT — Hawlemont Regional Elementary School recently received an award and a grant from two state departments.

The school received the Secretary’s Award for Excellence in Energy and Environmental Education for its Hawlemont, Agriculture and You (HAY) program, as well as a grant of $3,409 from the state Department of Education to fund a free summer lunch program, Principal Lindsay Rodriguez said.

The Secretary’s Award, which the school has now won two years in a row, included a citation and a check for $300. Rodriguez said the HAY program is expanding next year with a new initiative called “Farm to School,” which seeks to bring more local foods to Hawlemont.

“The purpose of this program is to bring better local foods into meals of our children, while strengthening our relationship and commitment to our community farmers,” Rodriguez said.

The Department of Education grant will fund the school’s “Summer Eats” program. The initiative provides any community member ages 18 and under with a healthy meal from July 8 to Aug. 2. Local children and adolescents can visit Hawlemont between those dates from 11:30 a.m to 12:30 p.m. to receive a free lunch. Activities like arts and crafts will also be offered at the school during this period, Monday to Wednesday from noon to 12:45 p.m.

“Our community and environmental responsibility are important to us,” Rodriguez said. “We are excited to continue our work and build on these programs.”

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