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Talented Olivia Girard joins staff, helps kids

Olivia Girard and her young friend Morgan Raffa make great use of their time at after-school.
Olivia Girard and her young friend Morgan Raffa make great use of their time at after-school.

EVERY DAY is a new adventure for Olivia Girard, the new employee for the after-school program.

Olivia is very friendly, has long, light-brown hair, and says she loves working with children. She recently graduated from Mohawk High School, where she was on the honor roll, played tennis, and performed in three plays.

She said she enjoyed acting and singing very much. She was the green bird girl in “Suessical the Musical” and had roles in William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and in “All Talk.”

Soon she’s going to be studying at Greenfield Community College to learn more about sociology and cultural anthropology.

“Sociology is the study of people; looking deeper into people’s values and beliefs past and present,” she told the Flow.

At BSE she is working with After-School Director Raelene Lemione. Together they look after 12 to 30 kids every day.

Kids Can: After-School food drive tops 70 pounds, helps feed the hungry

STANDING, L-R: Jackson Morey, James Nichols. SEATED L-R: Phinneas Tuttman and Morgan Raffa. The kids said helping is fun!
STANDING, L-R: Jackson Morey, James Nichols. SEATED L-R: Phinneas Tuttman and Morgan Raffa. The kids said helping is fun!

“We already know how to show compassion at school, so let’s spread the love and show compassion for our community too.”

That was the challenge Before- and After-school Director Raelene Lemoine, Doreen Nichols, and their crew set for themselves in working to collect 50 pounds of food for the Franklin Area Survival Center.

Non-perishable foods have been pouring in to the school and weighed daily. More than a week before reaching its Nov. 24 deadline, the team exceeded its goal. That’s compassion!

Left to right, Davin Ojala, Reuben Bassett, and Oscar Cassin. They helped make short work of an ambitious collection goal.
Left to right, Davin Ojala, Reuben Bassett, and Oscar Cassin. They helped make short work of an ambitious collection goal.

For more information or to donate, contact the Franklin Area Survival Center, 94 Fourth St., Turners Falls, at franklinareasurvivalcenter.org or 413-863-9549.