The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, June 25, 1999

Farewell and thanks

To the Editor:

The members of the Carlisle School Association's cultural enrichment team say farewell to Barbara Mancini as she moves on to new volunteer opportunities at CCHS. We want to express our sincere appreciation to Barbara for her many years of service to the committee: attending meetings, previewing programs, reviewing performances and attending to all the scheduling details necessary in bringing the cultural enrichment programs to our children. The team, our teachers, and especially the children, thank Barbara for her valuable input and endless commitment. We all wish her well.

Debbie Dawson
Risha Deary
Carolyn Higgins
Janie Rogoff
Donna Vienneau

Youth enrichment opportunity

To the Editor:

There has been much in the national and local news about social change and its impact on our youth. The privacy, independence, and modern conveniences we have worked so hard to attain can bring isolation, fragmentation, and lots of unstructured time, especially for our youth. If we are looking for ways to enrich our children's lives, there is an opportunity waiting to be developed here in Carlisle. Last week's Mosquito featured the article "Quilting Ties Generation" (page 4). It described a successful inter-generational workshop set up by Carol Zell through the Carlisle School Association with the support of teachers, administration, the COA and RecCom. Four senior citizens shared their time and skill, teaching eight second- and third-graders how to quilt.

A program like this is a wonderful opportunity to bring the generations together. It is a reconnection to some basics that are getting lost in the shuffle, and it carries on the tradition of a diminishing art form. Grandparents often live too far away to spend this kind of quality time with their grandchildren. Working together on common projects is a sharing time for stories, positive role-modeling and a place where ties are formed.

Carol Zell deserves our thanks. She has done a great deal of groundwork to get this program off the ground. Now that there has been a precedent established, there is an opportunity to build upon it. Carlisle has beekeepers, worm farmers, composters and birdwatchers. Carol hopes to put together an ecology workshop for students if she can find some retirees willing to share a few hours with students to explain and demonstrate what you do. What about canning or weaving, maple-syruping, wood-working, pie baking, creating memory pages or basic gardening? Any specialty or memorable experience an adult can share with a handful of interested children would be enriching. Your work may inspire them to carry on the tradition when they are adults.

There is flexibility and control over the number of students, ages, transportation and scheduling. Carol Zell is in the phone book at 371-1957. She welcomes any interest and support and will talk with you if you just give her a call.

Kathy Rubenstein
Nickles Lane

Scouts score a sales success

To the Editor:

The Scouts and parents of Carlisle Boy Scout Troop 135 thank the people of Carlisle for making this year's fertilizer sale the best of the past several years. Total receipts from fertilizer sales and donations increased by 50 percent over last year. Special thanks also to the town selectmen for letting us use the transfer station for selling; Daisy's Market for generously letting us use their location as our second sales location, which was a big help in achieving our goal; Doug Stevenson for arranging for our use of the fire station for distribution; Phil Drew and the Concord Consulting Group for the use of their offices for the phonathon; and Peter Hoseason and Concord Lumber for their continuing support of the sale.

A big factor in these results is that for the first time, the Scouts in the troop took on the responsibility for planning and setting up all aspects of the sale in addition to handling all of the selling. They set a goal to beat the recent best sales year (1996), and then planned an expansion of sales to achieve the goal.

The senior Boy Scouts involved in running this very successful sale were: Andrew and Jeremy Boardman, Brian Boule, Richard Bruce, Jonathan Owen, Eric Pederson, Andy Stone, and Joe Winsby. They divided among themselves the sale activities, including negotiating with the vendors on products and prices, getting approval for selling at the transfer station and at Daisy's, publicizing the sale, getting the sales forms updated and printed, making the signs, adding a fertilizer sales form to the troop web site, training the younger Scouts on salesmanship, organizing the Scouts for their sales shifts, and managing the delivery schedule.

These strong organizational efforts were matched by the impressive salesmanship displayed by the younger Scouts. Brendan Smith broke the $1,000 barrier in receipts, to win the top salesperson award. Joe Carpenito came in a strong second, with almost $900. We are proud of all the Scouts who participated in the sales effort. They all made an important contribution and also gained a valuable learning experience.

Roger Winsby
Carleton Road
Sale coordinator

1999 The Carlisle Mosquito