Tuesday, June 6, 2023

Spofford Pond 5th Grade Trip

The Spofford Pond School in Boxford, Massachusetts was well represented at the State House today - the 5th grade came to Boston for a big tour. The students met with MA State Rep. Tram T. Nguyen, State Representative Adrianne Ramos,, and others and got to tour the House Chamber, Memorial Hall, the Governor's office, The Senate Reading Room, and the Senate Chamber. Welcome back soon.



Girl Scout Cadette Jocelyn Maddelana Shines Brightly

Jocelyn Maddelana has earned the highest rank a Girl Scout Cadette can earn - the Silver Award, for her remarkable efforts at the Cape Ann Animal Aid Animal Shelter. I secured a Senate Citation to help recognize her amazing efforts. Click this link to see a recent WHDH-7 News Room report on this amazing girl. https://whdh.com/news/gloucester-girl-scout-helps-renovate-animal-shelters-play-yard-as-part-of-silver-award-project/



Gloucester Public Schools Awarded State Grant

The Massachusetts Farming Reinforces Education and Student Health (FRESH) grant program is designed to help school districts deepen children’s understanding of where their food comes from and how it is grown. These funds can be used to support a variety of initiatives that improve school food and nutrition programs, including: 

  • Kitchen equipment: This includes items such as refrigerators, stoves, ovens, and other appliances that are used to prepare and serve food.  
  • Training for kitchen staff: This includes training on food safety, nutrition, and cooking techniques. 
  • Training for educators and other school staff: This includes training on how to incorporate lessons about the food system into their curriculum. 
  • Infrastructure and programming for activities like school gardens: This includes items such as land, tools, and materials for gardening, as well as programming for students to learn about agriculture, food production, and distribution.

These are just a few examples of how these funds can be used. Schools are encouraged to be creative and innovative in their use of these funds to improve the food and nutrition programs that benefit their students.



Monday, June 5, 2023

Civics Education In Action

If you have read this page for a while you know of my legislative advocacy to expand civics in our public schools. Today, I was delighted to be a guest of Ginger Fritz, a Social Studies teacher at Ipswich High School. Her Advanced Placement Government and Politics students were engaging and Kristin Kassner State Representative 2nd Essex District and I enjoyed the visit. Great visit! 




Wear Orange Day

Wear Orange Day was celebrated in Gloucester on the 2nd. The day was a chance to raise awareness of gun violence and honor the victims and survivors of gun violence. The color orange, worn by hunters in the woods to protect themselves and others, has been chosen as a symbol of hope and resilience in the face of gun violence. On Wear Orange Day, people all over the country wore orange to show their support for gun violence prevention. 

Photos by Dru Tarr.



Friday, June 2, 2023

Gloucester Teachers Retirement Banquet

This week I had the honor of attending the Gloucester Teachers Association annual Retirement Banquet. This year we gave thanks to several dedicated professionals who are retiring - Marla Polizzia, Celestino Basile, Amy Cole, Theresa Dannaher, Deborah Faunce, John Griffin, Maureen Michaud, Patricia Hand, Lynn Munroe, and Hugo Smith. At the Cruiseport Gloucester.with Rep. Ann-Margaret Ferrante.



Essex COA Ice Cream Social

Hot day with the cool kids. The Essex, Massachusetts Council on Aging hosted an ice cream social yesterday, and not only was that a treat - there was a graduate's gallery of all of our high school yearbook photos.