February 22, 2017

Inbox [Feb. 22]: Applications open for early childhood development grants, Pakachoag Music seeks student volunteers, free course available for community health workers, SPM honors first responders

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Blue Mass

Courtesy of St. Peter-Marian

Approximately 50 parents and alumni, who serve or have served our community as police officers, firefighters and first responders, joined students and staff at St. Peter-Marian in a Mass led by Rev. Stephen Lundrigan.

Interesting and worthwhile things happen every day in our community. Alas, we can’t cover them all. That’s where Inbox comes in, to offer readers an easily digestible compilation of interesting and noteworthy items you and your neighbors keep telling us about.

Applications open for early childhood development grants

The Greater Worcester Community Foundation is now accepting online applications for community grants in Support of Early Childhood Development.

The typical grant range is $5,000 to $25,000 and will support early childhood programs that:

  • Increase the quality and quantity of formal early education for low-income children;
  • Provide a foundation for lifelong development rooted in behavioral and physical health;
  • Support parents and families in their roles as teachers, caregivers, and supporters of their children’s development;
  • Help eliminate summer learning loss among low-income children in greater Worcester.

The submission deadline is Wednesday, March 1.

More information is available on the Greater Worcester Community Foundation website

Pakachoag Music seek student volunteers

Pakachoag Music has two opportunities for students who’d like to lend their support and earn volunteer hours.

The group is looking for artists to help paint a backdrop this week or in March for April’s production of Disney’s “Beauty & The Beast Jr.”

There are also opportunities for behind-the-scenes stage management for the production. Pre-show rehearsals are 4:15 or 4:30-5:30 p.m. March 29 and April 5. The show is 6-8 p.m. Friday, April 7.

Interested students can email info@pakmusic.org for more information.

Free certificate course offered to local community health workers

The Outreach Worker Training Institute is enrolling community health workers in the “Community Health Workers: Addressing Opioid Epidemic in Central MA” 80-hour certificate course offered free of charge.

The course is funded through the Fairlawn Foundation, which is administered by Greater Worcester Community Foundation, and delivered by the Center for Health Impact. The goal of the course is to help community health workers become a part of current local and state efforts addressing the opioid epidemic.

The course runs 9 a.m.-1:15 p.m. Tuesdays beginning March 7, with Thursday classes on March 16, March 23 and May 18.

More information, including registration form, can be found here

Blue Mass

Courtesy of St. Peter-Marian

St. Peter-Marian honored first responders at its recent Blue Mass.

SPM Blue Mass honors first responders

St. Peter Marian Junior-Senior High School recently hosted a Blue Mass to celebrate Catholic Schools Week.

This event was an opportunity for students to honor the men and women who are dedicating their careers to be of service to others as exemplified in the areas of fire, police and first responders.

About 50 parents and alumni who serve or have served our community as police officers, firefighters and first responders joined students and staff in a Mass led by Rev. Stephen Lundrigan.

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