Starting Tuesday January 20, the BFMS Student Leadership Council will be holding a collection drive – “Teens for Jeans”. In partnership with DoSomething.org and Aeropostale, this is a national campaign that encourages young people across the country to run a jean drive in their school to help provide clothing for youth experiencing homelessness. We encourage everyone to participate and bring in some jeans (please make sure that jeans being donated are clean). Also, students who bring in jeans will receive a discount coupon to Aerospostale!
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Start designing your future now! 8th grade students that are part of the VSAC program were able to visit the new Vermont Tech/CCV building in Brattleboro. 6th grade students participated in a health careers exploratory provided by the Southern Vermont Area Health Education Center during science class!
We all got a BIG surprise during Friday’s Student of the Month assembly when a “renowned group of percussion soloists” joining the band for a special performance turned out to be none other than our teachers (Mr. Harris, Mrs. Morris, Mrs. Read, Ms. Davis)! A special thanks to Mr. Rumrill for orchestrating [pun intended] this fun-filled number!
After a month long food drive to benefit the Our Place Drop In Shelter, students from the Bellows Falls Middle School collected a total of 2,280 food items, doubling their original goal of 1,200. In what has now become an annual event, the drive culminated in a human chain that went around the school to symbolize the importance of giving to others.
“This is going to make a lot of people happy”, commented a sixth grader as he passed along each food item down a line that extended throughout the four levels of the middle school building. To build up an incentive, teachers developed a friendly competition between grades, with the winning team receiving a half-day of gym time and games. The results were very close with the 7th and 8th grade team collecting 1,116 food items and the 5th and 6th graders bringing in 1,164 – a 48 item difference!
A special assembly was held on Monday at the Bellows Falls Middle School in honor of Veteran’s Day. The event was opened with a rendition of “The Star Spangled Banner” by the middle school band, chorus, and 7th and 8th grade general music group. Guest speakers Richard Long (Social Studies teacher at Kurn Hattin) and Cheryl Gay-Sherwin, Air Force Veteran (Speech/Language Therapist at WNESU) spoke on the importance of honoring veterans, and of paying it forward by serving the community.
A special homage was paid to the Bellows Falls Union graduates who gave the last full measure of their devotion to their country in World War II – Raymond Metcalf (Class of 1933), Bertrand Roby (Class of 1936), Edward Naski (Class of 1937), Donald Shaugnessy (Class of 1937), Gordon Graham (Class of 1938), Robert Roby (Class of 1938), Anthony Lowkowgi (Class of 1939), Stephan Woynar (Class of 1939), Lloyd Fairbrother (Class of 1941), Raymond Massucco (Class of 1941), William Burrough, Jr (Class of 1943), Robert Huntoon (Class of 1943), Lawrence Gray (Class of 1944). A plaque honoring these brave men was donated by the BFUHS class of 1944 and is displayed outside the main doors of the auditorium.