Manchester Proud Newsletter: October 25, 2019

Connecting with the school board

Our first workshop with the Board of School Committee was well-received and well-attended. In our three-hour session, board members got their first look at our community engagement findings and school district research. 

In a Visioning Session with board members, they identified the following skills and knowledge as essential to success: Ability to read and write well, think critically, organize thoughts and priorities, solve problems, show empathy, and demonstrate financial literacy.

We’ve posted everything we shared with the board on the homepage of our website, and it was published in the Manchester Ink Link.

We will hold a second session Nov. 18 with the newly elected school board. It is open to the public and will be held at the Institute of Art and Design at New England College in Manchester from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. 

What do you wish for our graduates?

We also want to know what skills and knowledge you believe graduates need to be successful. If you haven’t, please complete our short two-question survey and share it with friends, family, and colleagues. It is available in seven languages.

Kids helping kids in need

Nearly 400 Manchester students know they won’t go hungry during weekends thanks to a nonprofit run mostly by students. 

Every Friday, Fueled by Kids sends backpacks of food home with 400 students in seven Manchester schools who may not otherwise eat between school lunch on Friday and school breakfast on Monday. Donations pay for the food, and volunteers pack and deliver the food bags.

To learn more, connect the group with other schools in need, or donate your time or money, visit

Way to go

In case you missed it, three Memorial High School students were among the state’s 16,000 semifinalists for National Merit Scholarships worth more than $1 million. Congratulations to Lela Connors, Matthew Coughlin, and Brian Truong. Winners will be announced between February and July.

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