EPPING — October is National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month. On October 7, Epping Middle School students, faculty, and staff joined thousands of others all over the world by wearing blue shirts to “Stomp Out Bullying”. Over 80% of the student body participated. The winning Morning Meeting Groups from each grade had one hundred percent participation and will be treated to a breakfast later in the month. The sixth grade winning team was Mr. Bouchard’s group; the seventh was Mrs. Flintosh’s group; and the eighth grade was Mrs. Booth’s team.
Students were also involved in coming up with a slogan for Epping Middle School’s anti-bullying program. A bulletin board designed by Emily Jackson of Mr. Christie’s Morning Meeting features a tree with leaves representing each student at EMS. The theme is “Don’t Leaf Me Out!” The individual logo contest continues; students are encouraged to submit their entries.
Trick or Treat for UNICEF - Under the direction of eighth grade Team Leader and Language Arts teacher, Pat Weisberg, students and members of the National Junior Honor Society will be collecting money for UNICEF during the month of October. Students are encouraged to carry their UNICEF boxes with them while Trick or Treating and collect change from those they visit.
The original “Kids Helping Kids”, the United Nations Children’s Fund provides relief to children in need all over the world. Twenty-five cents can give ten kids clean drinking water for a day, as an example. Please support our students as they try to help others in need.
Magazine Sales Subscriptions - Epping Middle School’s only school-wide fundraiser, the Magazine Sales Drive, was held the last week of September and the first week of October. This year’s sales were down a bit, but a strong finish pushed total sales to $4,062.75. EMS will retain 40% of all profits. The money is used to offset the cost of field trips and other school activities.
The seventh grade was the top selling grade with sales of $1,777.75. Top individual sellers were: Grade 8, Emma Coolidge; Grade 7, Michaela Sable; and grade 6, Molly Gallagher. Congratulations to all, and thanks to all who supported our drive.
Ems Pride Team Makes Strides - The Epping Middle School Pride Team of students, faculty, staff, and their families raised over $4,000 for the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. The team participated in the 5-mile walk from Memorial Field in Concord on October 20.
The Epping Pride Team, organized by teacher, Pat Weisberg, consisted of the following: Darby Dwyer, Laura Duguie, Madison Downing, Mr. DeGruttola and family, Stephanie DeFrancesco, Mr. Bowden, Morgan Shanley, Katelyn Nichols, Alison Nee, Gracia Jordan, Addison Bickford, Lexi Kailey, Gabby Hughes, Josie Wentworth, Ava Montalbano, Makayla Swidrak, Sam Prince, Sarah Parenteau, Becky Milbury, Jenna Emma Coolidge, Megan McFadden, Katie Pelletier, Kayla Wells, Ms. Weisberg and family, Ashlyn Vensel, Maylee Gagnon, Mrs. Smith, MacKenzie Newman, Meagan Marasca, Haley Pelletier, Anna Re, and Ms. MacFarland and family. The top fundraisers were Sarah Parenteau and Ashley Vensel collecting $800 and $500 respectively.
Students and faculty participating in the walk wore their Making Strides Shirts to school on Fri., October 19. EMS faculty and staff donated their $5.00 contribution for the privilege of wearing jeans to work on Fridays during the month of October to Making Strides.
Thank you and congratulations to all participants and those who donated!
Turkey Raffle - To offset the ever-rising price of their Washington, DC trip, EMS eight graders will be raffling off five turkey dinners “with all the fixin’s”. Each meal includes: a 20-25 pound turkey, potatoes, squash, stuffing, rolls or roll mix, canned vegetables, cranberry sauce, gravy, mixed nuts, and homemade pies from the Iron Chef class.
All items are donated by EMS faculty and staff, allowing each student to use all the money he/she collects from ticket sales, to go directly to offsetting the price of the trip. Tickets are $1.00 apiece or six for $5.00. Tickets will be sold through November 22, the day of the drawing.