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‘Audrey’s Angels’ seeks teams for May 22 cystic fibrosis walk

SHELBURNE—Winter will end and spring will bloom, and with it will arrive the 17th Annual Shelburne Falls Great Strides walkathon, which is raising funds toward a cure for the debilitating disease cystic fibrosis.

Walk day, which leaves from BSE, is a fun, family-oriented event with a healthy 2.5-kilometer walk, children’s activities, food, and festivities that participants look forward to year after year.

Participants can form walk teams at their workplace, through their clubs and organizations, and with friends and family.

The event is Sunday, May 22. Check in is at 1 p.m., and the walk starts at 2 at BSE. The route will traverse the Bridge of Flowers.

According to Great Strides’ Massachusetts/Rhode Island chapter, the event is part of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s largest national fundraising event. Locally, the walk is  in honor of BSE alumna Audrey Clark.

Clark notes on Great Strides’ “Audrey’s Angels” page that she is fighting for her life against CF, which affects 70,000 people worldwide, including 30,000 Americans. CF is an inherited disorder that damages the lungs and digestive system.

“Cystic fibrosis has caused me to need two double lung transplants, the first of which when I was 12. I am 21 now. I have rejected them both and need to wear oxygen to breathe. Only due to the money raised toward research could this have happened and given me this much extra life. Please donate so others don’t need to endure the hardships that I have,” she says.

Clark adds that she plans to walk the route. You can raise funds as a walker or “virtual walker” by visiting Great Strides.

Clark’s mother, Sandra Gaffey, is the bookkeeper at Mohawk. Each year, she says, more than 125,000 people participate in hundreds of walks across the country to raise funds for cystic fibrosis research and drug development.


For more information, call Sandra Gaffey  at 413-625-0227 or call the CF Foundation at 800-966-0444.

Parents name favorite books, authors from childhood

Parents name favorite books, authors from childhood

Holiday Briefs: Community Clothes Closet takes donations at Cowell site 24/7

Trinity Church’s Community Clothes Closet, next door to the West County Food Pantry in the lower level of Cowell Gymnasium, on 51 Maple St., is open on Wednesdays with the food pantry: noon to 6 p.m.

All are welcome to visit and take free apparel.

Organizers ask that donors use the clothing drop-off shed, available 24/7 in the Cowell parking lot, and that they place clean clothing in good condition in plastic bags before dropping off their goods.


Third ‘Early Night’ Dec. 31
from 6-8 p.m. at Cowell Gym

Spend your New Year’s Eve with family, friends, and neighbors at the annual party at Cowell Gym.

Early Night, running from 6 to 8 p.m., features hundreds of balloons to play with on the floor; tables filled with games, crafts, and activities; and music and dancing for all ages.

Naturally, there’ll also be a New Year’s Eve countdown featuring a silver basketball drop.

Cowell Gym is at 51 Maple St. The Cowell is hosting the event in partnership with the Shelburne Recreation Committee.

The event is free. Donations to the gym’s Operating Fund are welcome, and a donation box will be available.

For more information, call Doug Martin at 625-3054 or visit Shelburne Recreation on Facebook.


20 Christmas trees donated

The Mary Lyon Foundation is proud to acknowledge a tree grower, who wishes to remain anonymous, made 20 families very happy with a delivery of free Christmas trees well in time for the holiday.

The Mary Lyon Foundation supports all aspects of quality education in the towns of Ashfield, Buckland, Charlemont, Colrain, Hawley, Heath, Plainfield, Rowe, and Shelburne.

Quick Chat: Rachel Silverman moves on to Mohawk

RACHEL SILVERMAN assists Flow staffer Ainsley Bogel on a feature then in the works for our coverage of the spring Art Show. Ms. Silverman left the elementary schools this fall for Mohawk. Our art shows will continue under new BSE art teacher Rebecca Cummings.
RACHEL SILVERMAN assists Flow staffer Ainsley Bogel on a feature then in the works for our coverage of the spring Art Show. Ms. Silverman left the elementary schools this fall for Mohawk. Our art shows will continue under new BSE art teacher Rebecca Cummings.

Rachel Silverman logo

Dear BSE families,

JUST AFTER SCHOOL ended back in June I was offered a full-time position as art teacher at Mohawk, and I accepted.

While I am excited about the change and the challenges ahead, I am certainly feeling the bittersweetness of it as I say goodbye to BSE.
For five years I have been lucky enough to work in a fabulous school community with an awesome group of creative young people in a beautiful art studio. We have made lots of spectacular art happen and I have enjoyed every art show immensely as I see the pride of the faces of students and parents alike.

I have grown as an educator here and learned so much from my colleagues and students. Leaving is not easy. Hopefully it’ll only be a matter of time before I get to teach my BSE gang again at Mohawk. Until then, I thank you all for your support of the arts — and of me over the years. I will always be grateful for that.

— Fondly, Rachel Silverman


Asked a bit later
how she was settling in at Mohawk,
Mrs. Silverman told the Flow…

I’m trying a lot of new things and learning a ton about gearing art education toward middle- and high-school students. I miss my elementary school kids a lot, but I’m enjoying the new challenge of creating a rich and meaningful art program at the older level.

I realize that my experiences at BSE and Heath have taught me so much about what is important and developmentally sound in art education and I am really just building on that and taking my practice beyond the sixth-grade year into what comes next.

I’m also piloting a new course next semester and looking forward to launching more in the future.

I feel excited and grateful to be in this community. The kids aren’t as small but they are still pretty sweet, up for trying new things and exploring different ways art can be a part of our lives.


Hence the Quick Chat…

Our staffers wondered what some of their fellow students might have to say on the occasion of Mrs. Silverman taking her new job. We enjoyed taking these photos, and getting the quotes into and out of our reporters’ notebooks…

 

Principal, preschooler pause to ponder pups

BSE preschool student Alex Campbell interviewed Principal Joanne Giguere in September about her love for Labrador retrievers. Ms. Giguere’s chocolate lab, Gunther, can often be seen in the school hallways, visiting with students and staff.
BSE preschool student Alex Campbell interviewed Principal Joanne Giguere in September about her love for Labrador retrievers. Ms. Giguere’s chocolate lab, Gunther, can often be seen in the school hallways, visiting with students and staff.

Alex: How many dogs have you had?

Ms. Giguere: A big number, do you want to guess? Nine! I’ve had nine dogs. Gunther is number nine. That’s a lot, isn’t it?

Alex: Yeah! So here’s another one: What kind of dogs have you had?

Ms. Giguere: I have had mostly labs, like Gunther. They come in different colors. They come in black, yellow, and brown, and I’ve had all colors!

Alex: Well, that one that you do have, that’s Gunther, and he’s brown.

Ms. Giguere: He’s brown, and he’s a Labrador Retriever. He loves to go swimming, and hiking, and just loves to play. That’s why I love Labradors.

Alex: I’m trying to get a lab. I want to convince my dad to get me two of them.

Ms. Giguere: Two of them! What colors would you get?

Alex: Black and white.

Ms. Giguere: Perfect! They do have white ones. Every now and then you see a white lab.

Alex: Do you have any puppies?

Ms. Giguere: My yellow lab, Emma, had puppies once. They were all over the place! There were six of them; they were so cute. They were all yellow. I don’t have any puppies right now.

Alex: You should get a girl dog so they can mate, so they can get more babies.

Ms. Giguere: Well, that’s how you do it!

Alex: And then you should keep them!

Ms. Giguere: Keep them all? That would be a lot of dogs. That’s a great idea, I love puppies. They are just so cute!

Alex: Do you have a favorite kind of dog?

Ms. Giguere: I think that’s going to have to be labs. How about you?

Alex: Yup, I’m trying to get one. A playing dog: a lab, so I can play for a long time, for most of my day — play on a bunch of days off with him.

Ms. Giguere: That would be great, I hope you can do that.

Alex: Yup, and I’ll be cleaning up their poop.

Ms. Giguere: Yup, you’ve got to do that. And you have to feed them, and make sure they have water, and sometimes they need baths. And they love to play!

Alex: Yup! The part that I’m really going into is playing.


Editor’s note: We are delighted to bring you this piece sent in by Flow reader Maya Jalbert, BSE’s speech and language pathologist, and hope Alex gets his wish.