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JERREY ROBERTS
Lavery Greenfield, 8, of Hatfield, talks Monday about how she and six other children organized a food drive and collected 1009 pounds of peanut butter and jelly. A flyer she made for the drive rests in front of her.

Lavery Greenfield of Hatfield collects 1,009 pounds of peanut butter and jelly for Food Bank of Western Massachusetts

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

HATFIELD — For the entire month of October, Lavery Greenfield, 8, came home from school to find several jars of peanut butter and jelly on her front steps. Sometimes, the third-grader at Hatfield Elementary School recalls, there would even be shopping bags with peanut butter and jelly hanging on her doorknob. By the end of the month, Lavery, with help from six friends from three other schools, had collected 1,009 pounds of peanut butter and jelly to donate to the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts — four times the 247 pounds she collected last year when she did the drive on her own. The idea …

Amherst Regional and statewide teachers unions pledge support for Carolyn Gardner

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

AMHERST — Teachers in the Amherst-Pelham Regional School District and the Massachusetts Teachers Association are committed to confronting racism and offering support for Carolyn Gardner, the math teacher subjected to racist and hostile incidents during the last school year, according to a joint statement issued Tuesday. The statement from Amherst-Pelham Education Association President Jean Fay and Massachusetts Teachers Association President Barbara Madeloni, who …

Area briefs

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Amherst CITRUS SALE: Citrus is being sold to benefit the band and orchestra programs in the Amherst Regional schools. Oranges and grapefruit are being sold in two-fifths and four-fifths bushels as well as 10-pound bags. To order, email Ben Peterson, high school orchestra conductor, at petersonb@arps.org. High school and middle school students also are taking orders. Friday is the deadline to order and …

ABC Fall Foliage Walk and 5K Run fundraiser Saturday in Amherst

Monday, October 13, 2014

AMHERST — A program that has given young men of color the opportunity to live in Amherst and study at Amherst Regional High School will holds it major fundraiser Saturday. Walkers and runners can support the A Better …

NYC poised to end school cellphone ban

Sunday, October 12, 2014

NEW YORK — New York City is preparing to end its ban on cellphones in schools, dooming an industry that sprang up near dozens of schools where teens could park their phones in a van for a dollar …

South Hadley considers two-tiered high school diploma system

Friday, October 10, 2014

SOUTH HADLEY — The bar for getting a diploma from South Hadley High School may be too high for some students, said Superintendent Nicholas Young, and he has appointed a group to look into offering two types of …

Laura Fallon selected to fill vacant Ward 2 seat on Northampton School Committee

Thursday, October 9, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — An educator and mother of four is the newest member of the School Committee. Laura Fallon, 42, of 12 Massasoit St., received 10 of 17 votes at a special joint meeting of the City Council and School Committee Thursday night to fill the Ward 2 position …

Northwestern district atorney’s youth conference aims to deter substance abuse

Thursday, October 9, 2014

GREENFIELD — By the end of the six-hour youth conference for preventing substance abuse on Wednesday, middle school students across Franklin, Hampshire and the North Quabbin region believed they would say “no” if offered drugs or alcohol by a peer. “A lot of people our age have already …

Northampton celebrities join children in promoting International Walk to School Day

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — On their 45-minute walk to school Wednesday morning, Bridge Street School fourth graders Otis Roessler and Ellis Stewart, both 9, could hardly believe their luck. “The mayor’s up there in a brown jacket,” Otis told Ellis …

Violent images at assemblies on bullying in Amherst secondary schools prompt apology by administrators

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

AMHERST — Violent images described at assemblies on bullying at Amherst’s secondary schools by a nationally known social justice advocate last week left students sobbing and administrators apologizing for the “developmentally inappropriate” content. Calvin Terrell of the Social …

Christine Murphy of Monson named interim assistant principal of Hampshire Regional middle school

Monday, October 6, 2014

WESTHAMPTON — An educator from Monson will start her job Friday as interim assistant principal of the Hampshire Regional middle school. Christine Murphy was selected from a pool of 31 applicants for the job, which is officially called …

Riverside Industries cafe nabs lunch contract for Hilltown Charter, new city neighhbor

Sunday, October 5, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — Sitting at a table in the Tuscan & Savannah Café on a busy afternoon last week, Adam Goodwin acknowledged that he is not Emeril Lagasse, Rachael Ray, or Mario Batali. “But I feel like I’m one …

Colo. school protesters resist ‘patriotism’ edict

Thursday, October 2, 2014

GOLDEN, Colo. — Students and teachers fighting a plan to promote patriotism and downplay civil disobedience in some suburban Denver U.S. history courses packed a school board meeting Thursday where the controversial changes could face a vote. Turnout …