In Brief: Schoolyard Action Grant recipients announced

March 19. 2017 1:39AM

Schoolyard Action Grant recipients announced

CONCORD - The New Hampshire Partnership for Schoolyard Action Grants, a collaboration that supports schools wishing to link their curriculum and their students with the local environment, has awarded more than $6,000 in grants.

The organization says the eight schools selected from more than 26 applicants represent a diversity of projects, from wetland buffers to trail development to pollinator gardens.

-- Beech Hill School, Hopkinton, Building bowers, buffers and biodiversity

-- Loudon Elementary, Loudon, Pollinator garden

-- Westmoreland High School, Westmoreland, Nature trail and outdoor classroom

-- Winchester High School, Winchester, Nature trail project

-- Seacoast Charter School, Dover, Schoolyard master plan

-- Prospect Mountain High School, Alton, Shade tree habitat

-- Jaffrey Grade School, Jaffrey, Schoolyard bird-watching

-- Namaste Montessori School, Goffstown, Namaste children's garden

The projects are underway and will be completed this year. Students are involved in planning, creating and maintaining the projects, which incorporate science, math and language arts.

"By working together in the Partnership for Schoolyard Action Grants, NH Audubon, N.H. Fish and Game, N.H. Project Learning Tree and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are able to offer more resources to schools taking on schoolyard action projects." said, NH Audubon President Doug Bechtel.

For educators interested in planning a project to submit for a grant in 2018, workshops on schoolyard projects and planning will be held at the New Hampshire Science Teachers Association spring conference, April 1, at Pinkerton Academy in Derry and in early fall.

For more information, contact: Hilary Chapman, or Judy Silverberg at

Bedford defeats Salem in 'Granite State Challenge'

DURHAM - In last week's "Granite State Challenge" match, the lead ping-ponged back and forth between the Bedford High Bulldogs and the Salem High Blue Devils in the final round.

With less than 30 seconds on the clock, Bedford's Bailey Ellis correctly identified the glockenspiel as a German instrument with metal bars after Salem missed the question, which gave her team a 10-point lead with only 22 seconds left. Another missed question by Salem about the rhombus gave Bedford a 30-point lead and a final score of 440 to 410.

Bedford was represented by captain Jon Hill, along with Ellis, Josh Taranto, Neelam Sandhu and alternates Jacob Nover and Luke Knedeisen. Jon Cannon and Robby Zeller were coaches.

Playing for Salem were captain Tony Consentino, Jonathan Tarness, Aidan Gallo, Julie Appelstein and alternates Laura Perrault and Alixis Ahern. Bernie Campbell was the coach.

Bedford now advances to the second round of the academic quiz contest, which requires teams to quickly recall math, science, social studies, language arts and fine arts facts and answer questions about current events, entertainment, sports and New England.

The show airs at 6 p.m. Saturdays on NHPTV Prime and is rebroadcast multiple times on Prime and NHPTV Explore. Games also can be viewed at

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