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Artist Segun Olorunfemi visited Henniker Community School on Dec. 18 and 19 as the school's artist-in-residence. Olorunfemi, a native of Nigeria, worked with sixth-grade students on printmaking projects.

(SUSAN DOUCET / Monitor staff)

As part of artist-in-residence program, Henniker students learn about African culture

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Social studies teacher Beth Spaulding is teaching the sixth-grade students at Henniker Community School about Africa this year, beginning with ancient kingdoms and working through to modern history. Enforcing the cultural piece of the curriculum is artist-in-residence Segun Olorunfemi, a Nigerian printmaker who worked with the students Thursday and Friday. “That’s the first thing I know they walk away with,” said Olorunfemi of the cultural experience. Each year, the school invites an artist-in-residence to work with the sixth grade, varying the artists depending on the focus of the social studies department’s five-year rotating curriculum on Africa, South America, Japan, China and India. “This is their …

New Hampshire moves to ease distance learning

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

New Hampshire is joining a national effort to make education more accessible to college students across state lines. The New England Board of Higher Education recently voted to make New Hampshire the first state in New England and the 18th nationally to join the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement, which is aimed at making it easier for students to take online courses offered by …

Kearsarge Regional Elementary School students propose mastodon as official N.H. fossil

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

The fourth-graders at Kearsarge Regional Elementary School in Bradford are preparing for a busy winter. The class is mapping out meetings with legislative committee chairs, penning letters to lawmakers and scheduling testimony at State House hearings, all in the name of the mastodon. The mammal, similar in appearance to an elephant, walked the …

Dartmouth partners with Posse Foundation

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Dartmouth College is partnering with a youth leadership and college access organization to provide full tuition scholarships to groups of veterans. Joining Vassar College and Wesleyan University, Dartmouth is the third institution to join The Posse Foundation’s Veterans Program, which has set a goal of expanding to a …

Four teams compete in We The People Constitution competition in Concord

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Four teams of students flexed their constitutional muscles yesterday as they squared off in an academic competition called “We the People: the Citizen and the Constitution.” Teams of students from John Stark High School, Hollis-Brookline High School, Milford …

Concord Community Music School provides healing outlet through song

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

In a small, square room on a recent Tuesday evening at Concord Community Music School, 9-year-old Sophia Bush sat tall atop a stool as she tapped, tapped, tapped on the drum set before her. Her teacher, Julieann Hartley, …

Concord cosmetology expo lets hairdressing students get ahead

Monday, December 1, 2014

Meghan Hardy’s first clients were her Barbie dolls as a young girl. Now a senior studying cosmetology at Concord Regional Technical Center, Hardy has moved from playing with dolls to pursing a career in the beauty industry. “I …

The inadequate child care system that confronts student parents

Sunday, November 30, 2014

As a growing number of young parents find a way to pay for and attend college, they’re confronting a spotty and inadequate child care system that drives many to drop out or load up on debt – a …

Merrimack Valley SD: Washington Street School not for sale

Thursday, November 27, 2014

The Washington Street School in Penacook is officially off the market. In response to an unsolicited offer from the Penacook Community Center to buy the building, Merrimack Valley School District officials have drafted a position paper that says the building is an important asset that will not be …

Andrew Card to lead Franklin Pierce University

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Former White House chief of staff Andrew Card has been named Franklin Pierce University’s fifth president. Card, a former Franklin Pierce trustee, starts Jan. 12, the university announced yesterday. He succeeds James Birge, who became president in 2009 and announced his intent to resign last summer. Card was …

PHOTOS: NHTI dental hygiene students practice their skills with after-schoolers

Monday, November 24, 2014

The NHTI Dental Hygiene Program held its Dental Wellness Fair recently at the Boys & Girls Club in Concord. Students in the dental program set up stations to make students aware of dental health issues. Top: Jessica Bonenfant …

Three local high schools to compete in 31st season of ‘Granite State Challenge’ on NHPTV

Monday, November 24, 2014

Some of the smartest students in the state are gearing up to compete in the 31st season of the Granite State Challenge on New Hampshire Public Television. Students from 16 high schools will participate in the televised competition, including teams from Concord High School, Bow High School and …

Colleges hope to engage students on wealth gap

Monday, November 24, 2014

Many students at Keene State College and Mount Wachusett Community College already know something about the widening gap between the wealthiest Americans and everyone else. Now, the schools are working together to get them to do something about it. Keene State, a four-year liberal arts college, and Mount …