Lifestyle Briefs: Camp Mariposa receives $25,000 State Farm grantDecember 16. 2017 7:06PM
Camp Mariposa receives $25,000 State Farm grant
NASHUA - After 10 straight days of voting nationally, the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Nashua's Camp Mariposa was chosen as one of 40 causes slotted to receive a $25,000 grant through the State Farm National Assist Program.
"We are so grateful for the opportunity to fund on a program that's been vital to our members whose home lives have been rocked by the complexities of addiction," said Chief Operating Officer Kurt Norris. "We also feel especially fortunate to be selected out of 2,000 national causes across the country. This grant is going to benefit so many kids who rely on Camp Mariposa for a much-needed support system."
Camp Mariposa is a mentoring and addiction prevention program for youth ages 9 to 12 who are affected by a family member's substance abuse.
The program includes six annual weekend overnight camps that combine traditional camp activities with education and support exercises led by mental health professionals and trained mentors.
For more about the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Nashua, go to www.bgcn.com or call 883-0523.
Trout in the Classroom program expands
WALPOLE - The Trout in the Classroom program, which is designed to help foster an understanding of the habitat that native brook trout need, is expanding to another school.
The Monadnock Chapter of Trout Unlimited, with financial support of the Cheshire County Conservation District, is purchasing a new chiller for Marlborough School, which will become the 10th school in the Monadnock Region to participate in the program. More than 50 schools are involved statewide.
Each year, teachers and students take on the responsibly of raising brook trout eggs. Aquarium tanks with external chillers provide a cold, clean place for the eggs to develop. The eggs are cared for over two to three months and then released into local habitats. While the eggs are developing, students keep records, document the development of the eggs and research the local habitat where the fry will be released.
"This program offers hundreds of students a hands-on way to understand more about the environment where they live and cultivate a caring stewardship ethic," said Amanda Littleton, district manager of the Cheshire County Conservation District.
Eric Swope of Keene's Public Works Department, who helps with the program, added, "The students make the connection that we all have a role in keeping our streams clean and healthy. When they release the trout that they have been raising into a local stream, it helps give them a reason to care about the health of that stream."
Fuller Elementary, Keene High School, Trinity Christian School, St. Joseph Regional School and Keene Montessori preschool, all in Keene, also will receive chillers and technical support from the city of Keene and Monadnock Trout Unlimited, which also supports the program at ConVal Regional High School, Harrisville-Wells Memorial School, Hinsdale High School and Monadnock Regional High School.
N.H. Fish and Game provides the trout eggs, permits, curriculum and training support for the program.
For more information and a look at some of the tanks the schools are using, go to www.monadnocktu.org and click on the "Trout in the Classroom" link.