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  • Junior Achievement of Western Massachusetts wil host a Teen Reality Fair on Wednesday, April 25, to teach students about financial decisions. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Published: 4/17/2018 10:21:37 PM
Teen Reality Fair at NHS needs volunteers

NORTHAMPTON — Teens will get a chance to learn about money-management skills through role-playing at a Teen Reality Fair scheduled for Northampton High School next week.

The fair, hosted by Junior Achievement of Western Massachusetts, will be held Wednesday, April 25, from 7:45 to 10:30 a.m.

At the event, high school students will play the role of a 25-year-old who has to make decisions about money based on a chosen job. Students are given a salary, correlating to the job they chose and a credit score.

Each student will visit up to 16 different booths, including banking, part-time jobs, transportation, housing, education and training, entertainment, food and nutrition, clothing, furniture, insurance, loan center, savings and retirement, charitable giving and more. They will make decisions on how to budget their monthly salary.

The money behaviors students have and develop today will have an impact on their futures. Poor money management skills and behaviors could prevent someone from purchasing a car, house, or many of the other things someone may want for their family.

Understanding and experiencing the power of money can play an important role in learning how to manage that power in order to achieve goals.

The deadline to register to volunteer is Sunday, April 22. Junior Achievement is seeking 25 more volunteers for the day to help students navigate through the financial and educational aspects of the booth. All volunteers receive a short training before the event, either over the phone or in person. Each booth is equipped with a “cheat sheet” for the volunteers’ convenience.

To volunteer, contact Megan at, call 413-747-7670, or sign up at

Health scholarship applications are available

WORTHINGTON — Applications are now available for the Peg Brodrick Memorial Scholarship, an award given to anyone of any age who plans to further their secondary education in a health-related field.

To be eligible, an applicant must live in the Gateway Regional School District or a Hilltown served by the Washington or Huntington health centers. Applicants can apply more than once.

The memorial scholarship was established in he name of Peg Brodrick, who served the Worthington Health Center for many years as a staff nurse. Contributions to this fund are accepted throughout the year and can be mailed to 14 Harvey Road, Worthington, MA 01098.

Applications are available at the guidance offices at Gateway Regional School, Wahconah Regional School, Hampshire Regional School and Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School, and at the Worthington and Huntington health centers. Applications must be postmarked by Monday, May 14, to 14 Harvey Road, Worthington MA 01098.

Literacy Project lands Arts and Humanities award

The Literacy Project is one of four recipients of the NEPR Arts and Humanities Award 2018.

The Literacy Project has approximately 300 students studying in its classrooms in Greenfield, Orange, Amherst, Northampton and Ware. Adult students study reading, writing, math, social studies and science to prepare for the High School Equivalency Exam, formerly known as the GED now called the HiSET.

Through its work over the last 34 years, more than 300 adults a year discover the power of reading and writing for their own lives. Participants are immigrants and refugees, formerly incarcerated men and women, young mothers, recovering drug addicts and homeless veterans. They are the working poor and welfare recipients.

Each year, New England Public Radio invites the community to nominate their choice for the award.

Recipients will be celebrated on Tuesday, May 8, at the Log Cabin in Holyoke. The celebration benefits the programs and services of NEPR. Tickets are available at

White Brook to host circus artist

EASTHAMPTON — White Brook Middle School community will welcome resident circus artist Chris Oakley from SHOW Circus Studio to work with the fifth- and sixth-graders for a week of visits in April and June, to learn about ways to integrate the lessons of a circus practice into their daily life.

The goal of this repeating five-day residency is for the students to work with Oakley to practice simplifying complexity in a tangible, physical and fun way; expand their intrinsic motivational capacity; and to share the results of their focus and practice as inspiration.

The circus play sessions will incorporate group games to heighten body/space awareness, develop focus, and to build trust and leadership. They will use spinning plates, peacock feathers, juggling scarves and balls, in which students explore balance and rhythm individually at the level that is most appropriate for each student.

Students will show off what they learn at an assembly in the gymnasium on both April 27 and June 8.

The program is paid for by a grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council STARS Residencies Grant program.

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