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December 7, 2012

Town Talk: School gives to senior citizens

The Manchester Essex Regional School District has always had a way with senior citizens. For the past two years, the high school has hosted an event bringing generations of residents closer together.

On Dec. 15, seniors are invited to the high school for a special holiday luncheon. The high school band and chorus will perform holiday music during the event, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Students will act as waiters and waitresses for the third annual feast. Anyone interested in attending should call Paul Murphy at 978-526-2041.

“It’s a wonderful way for students to give back to the elderly community,” he said. “They have done so much for the schools, we always look forward to it.”

High school seeing green

Manchester Essex Regional High School recently completed its first green sustainability day.

According to Rachel Daley, a spokeswoman for the high school’s Green Team, efforts have paid off. She wrote to the Times earlier this week about the adventures of the Green Team.

Eighteen students, known as Green Scholars, embarked on their first sustainability day as they traveled to environmental landmarks around Cape Ann.

Eric Magers, Green Team director, said these are not just normal field trips.

“We go to several different places to enhance our knowledge of the environment and shifting climates,” he said.

Daley said the school’s director of facilities, Joe Lucido, began the day by giving the students a tour of the school’s green aspects, including the roof’s solar panels, the boiler room, and the main electrical room.

Jake Tyler, a junior, was thrilled with the experience.

“We got to climb up onto the roof to see the solar panels, which no other classes can do,” he said.

After the tour, the group went to Mike Chapman’s residence in Manchester to see his bee farm. Chapman, who has been raising bees for five years, displayed the structure of the artificial hives to the students and provided samples of the natural honey, which he harvested.

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