Corey Nystrom, class of '15, won two top awards this year for his drawings at the annual Student Art Month Art Show sponsored by the Arts Council of Windham County. Corey received Best in Show/Drawing for his portrait titled, Malaysian Boy. The Arts Council also honors students with a People's Choice Award determined by votes from the public at each of the exhibit sites. His drawing received the award - Most Votes for One Piece of Art/2D. Congratulations Corey!
TOWNSHEND The Leland and Gray Chapter of the National Honor Society, class of 2015, is preparing to induct the new members of the chapter, rising seniors with an average of 85 or better who demonstrate excellence in academics, leadership, service and character.
This year’s class-- co-presidents Madison Cannella and Giannina Gaspero-Beckstrom; co-treasurers, Emily Stockwell and Olivia Reilly, and members Billy Culver, Corso Donati, Jesse Cannella, Ryan Borgesen, Haley Buffum, Erica Cutts, Emily Thibault, Abby Winrich, Alexa Litchfield, and Sarah Sheppard—will pass the mantel at the 2015 induction ceremony on May 18.
This year’s class led various service and fundraising efforts: Accomplishments included leading the school’s Project Feed the Thousands campaign yielding 737 items to donate to the Townshend Food Shelf and $258 in cash donations. In addition, the group raised funds to donate to the Windham County Heat Fund and Outright Vermont. The NHS class of 2015 concludes its year of service at Leland and Gray with its annual “Raise the Bar” campaign aimed to encourage peers and underclassmen to set high expectations for themselves and to take advantage of opportunities afforded them at Leland and Gray—opportunities which further learning about themselves and the world in which they live while preparing them for fulfilling independence after Leland and Gray.
Rationale: The Windham Central Supervisory Union and its operational member districts recognize that motor vehicle idling poses a risk to people in the vicinity and to the environment. Exhaust from motor vehicle emissions may contribute to human health problems, air pollution, and global climate change. In addition, the EPA states monitoring at schools has shown elevated levels of air toxics during the afternoon hour coinciding with parents picking up their children. Children’s lungs are still developing, and when they are exposed to elevated levels of these pollutants, children have an increased risk of developing asthma, respiratory problems and other adverse health effects. Limiting a vehicle’s idling time can dramatically reduce these pollutants and children’s exposure to them. State law limits the idling of school buses while waiting to board or exit students at a school, and prohibits the idling of all motor vehicles to five minutes in any 60 minute period (with exceptions). It is the intent of the schools’ administration to further limit the idling of motor vehicles other than school buses on school grounds.