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March 29, 2014

Town Talk: Teens to go Dumpster diving

The Manchester Essex Regional High School Green Team is scheduled to have a Dumpster dive on Thursday, April 3. Members will be sorting through the school’s dumpster and separating trash from recyclable items.

The point of the event, according to the team, is to show that many things that are thrown away are recyclable and “to raise environmental awareness in the community of Manchester.”

‘Walk in My Shoes’

All students face various difficulties and challenges while in schools. For those with special education needs, this could be more so.

The Special Education Parent Advisory Council is hosting an event Monday, April 14, called “Take a Walk in My Shoes.” The event will be open to all parents and take place in Manchester Essex Regional Middle School’s Sixth-Grade Pod from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

The guest speaker is Sarah Cullen, family support director for the Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress. Cullen has two sons with special education needs and will talk about how this affected her sons socially and emotionally at school and in the community.

The event will focus on challenges for all students.

Those interested need to RSVP with Rosie Read by calling 978-525-6060 or emailing her at readr@mersd.org.

Shelter operations training

Want to know how to run an emergency shelter? Here’s a chance to learn tricks of the trade.

The Essex and Manchester emergency fire departments are scheduled to host two separate shelter operations training sessions.

Each session is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on April 10 and April 12 at the BankGloucester community room at 160 Main St. in Gloucester. Registration for each is from 8:30 to 9 a.m.

Those interested only need to attend one of the sessions to be trained.

Shelter operations training is helpful for assisting in running a shelter during an emergency, such as a winter storm, extensive power outage, flood or any other extreme weather situation.

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