Showing posts with label challenge. Show all posts
Showing posts with label challenge. Show all posts

Monday, June 20, 2022

Olivia Quinn can use your help in her Shoot4Cure Challenge

Olivia Quinn can use your help
Olivia Quinn can use your help

"I am so excited to compete for the 3rd year in the @ASFL_Shoot4Cure challenge!! Help me reach my $1,000 goal by donating through the link below or in my bio!! You can also venmo me: oliviaquinn1 

Any and all donations are greatly appreciated. "

Shared from Twitter -> https://twitter.com/oliviaquinn22/status/1537059680249425921 


What is the Shoot4Cure Challenge?
The A Shot For Life Challenge is a marquee basketball shooting event. To be eligible to compete in the A Shot For Life Challenge a player must be 19 or under and they must be in high school. Seniors who are going to college in the fall are eligible. Players are chosen based on their shooting ability that was demonstrated during the previous high school and AAU seasons. The winner of the A Shot For Life Challenge is named the best shooter in the state where the ASFL Challenge is held.

For more about the Shoot4Cure Challenge visit -> https://www.ashotforlife.org/asfl-challenge.html

To donate and help Olivia, use this link -> https://www.flipcause.com/secure/cause_pdetails/MTUyNTg1

Olivia Quinn can use your help in her Shoot4Cure Challenge
Olivia Quinn can use your help in her Shoot4Cure Challenge

Tuesday, February 1, 2022

Marble Run Challenge! Tuesday, Feb 1 - Friday, Feb 25, 2022

At the Franklin Public Library; this sounds like fun!
"A special program brought to you by our VolunTeens! Register to play, pick up your kit and complete the tasks to earn materials that you will use to build your very own marble run! Then join us on the 26th to put your design to the test!"

Marble Run Challenge! Tuesday, Feb 1 - Friday, Feb 25, 2022
Marble Run Challenge! Tuesday, Feb 1 - Friday, Feb 25, 2022



Sunday, January 30, 2022

Kids Heart Challenge at Kennedy School beginning Jan 30, 2022

"All the @jfkladybugs are excited for Kids Heart Challenge to begin next week.  
Over the past 5 years we have raised $57,823 for the @AmericanHeartMA !  Our goal this year is $12,000!  
Be on the lookout for the envelope next week."

Shared from Twitter: https://twitter.com/MrBanksPE/status/1487097047614464004

https://twitter.com/jfkladybugs
https://twitter.com/jfkladybugs


Thursday, December 16, 2021

FYI - Franklin (MA) Public Schools, Franklin Police prepare for another TIkTok challenge

Please see the attached message from the Office of Superintendent and the Franklin Public Schools
Dear Franklin Families, 
I find myself in the unfortunate position of, once again, writing to inform you of the latest TikTok challenge.  There have been reports of a “School Threat Challenge" encouraging followers, on Dec. 17, 2021, to call in bomb threats, school shooting threats, etc., at schools in the United States. We do not believe these posts originated in our area. 
We must remain vigilant when it involves these types of threats. Any situation that involves threats to our schools is taken seriously and acted upon immediately using our well-established threat assessment protocols.  Our partnership with the Franklin Police Department is an essential component for quickly investigating and assessing the level of concern. As a precautionary measure, we have notified the Franklin Police Department, and we will have a police presence at each school tomorrow. As of this afternoon, Dec. 16, 2021, the Franklin Public Schools have not received any threats.
As I stated in my last “November Tik Tok Challenge” communication, social media is a powerful tool often used to influence others, and not always for good. I enlist your support and strongly encourage you to discuss the negative impact of engaging in inappropriate TikTok challenges with your children. Students must understand that making violent threats towards the school is a criminal act, and violators will face disciplinary action, including suspension, expulsion, and criminal charges for making threats against the school. 
Despite the apparent threat these trends present to our community, many of our students are engaging in positive behaviors across the district worth acknowledging. 
I hope this information allows you to connect with your children about the concerning content on TikTok and other social media platforms. For resources on how to support your children’s healthy and safe technology use, we encourage families to access Common Sense Media for their social media monitoring guidance. 
Respectfully, 
Lucas Giguere
Assistant Superintendent
Shared from Franklin Police Facebook page

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

"Mask Innovation Challenge: Building Tomorrow’s Mask"

 

"The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has launched a competition to develop “the next generation of masks” with the winning submission receiving a $500,000 cash prize.

The competition — “Mask Innovation Challenge: Building Tomorrow’s Mask” — is a partnership between HHS’s Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).

In the announcement, HHS notes that many health authorities around the world are encouraging people to wear masks to mitigate the spread of infectious diseases, but masks often present some challenges such as: “contact dermatitis with prolonged wear, physical discomfort, fogging of eyeglasses, and difficulty communicating.”

Continue reading the article online
 
More info on the "Mask Innovation Challenge" can be found

"Mask Innovation Challenge: Building Tomorrow’s Mask"
"Mask Innovation Challenge: Building Tomorrow’s Mask"


Tuesday, December 15, 2020

United Regional Chamber issues the $50 Challenge


"I'm Issuing a $50 Dollar Challenge"

A Message from Our CEO/President Jack Lank 

Typically, right about now we'd be singing about "the most wonderful time of the year". It's an understatement to say that 2020 has had other plans. If you've replaced wonderful with some other choice words, I promise, you're not alone.

I always ask small business owners, "What keeps you up at night?" In the past, they responded that prime concerns are regulations or the ability to retain quality employees. This year, the most common response has been, "How is my business going to survive?" The corona virus has significantly hit our communities' economy. 

 
Jack Lank
Jack Lank

How can the chamber help? The chamber supports local business by advocating on their behalf and communicating their needs to elected officials. We work with local partners to provide a prepared workforce so that our member businesses have access to qualified employees. We hunt down resources designed to help them succeed in entrepreneurial ventures. We create networking opportunities and facilitate connections.

THIS year, especially, shopping local is what's going to keep small businesses ALIVE. The truth is we can shop and remain safe.

Shopping looks different this year, but most small businesses are still open for business. We can shop safely (masks ON please), support our community, and make a significant difference in our friends' and neighbors' lives. This isn't about politics or your opinion on wearing a mask. This is about preserving what makes our communities special before it's too late.

One study found that for every $100 spent at a local business, $68 remained in the community. However, only $43 of $100 spent at a chain retailer remains in the community.

I'll be the first to admit that I shop at the big chain retailers. Many of these businesses employ our friends and neighbors, and they're a vital part of our community. However, let's not forget the local businesses – the ones that support our children's baseball team or theater program, volunteer their time, and give to the non-profits in our community.

According to the small business support organization Independent We Stand, "If every family in the country shifted $10 a month to locally owned, independent businesses instead of national chains, over $9.3 billion would be directly returned to local economies."

I have a challenge for you: Shift $50 of your holiday budget this month to a locally owned, independent business. If you don't have $50, shift $25. If you don't feel comfortable going inside, every shop will walk products or gift cards out to your car if you'll only ask.

Post this challenge on social media with the hashtags #50 DollarChallenge, #URCC, and #Supportsmallbusiness. Check in and tag businesses on social media and post pictures to show your support.

Together we can do this. This time next year, no matter where COVID takes us, we'll all be better for it.


Jack Lank, IOM
President & CEO
The United Regional Chamber of Commerce
310 South Street
Plainville, MA 02762
Phone:  508-316-0861
www.unitedregionalchamber.org
"People Do Business With People They Know" 

Monday, November 23, 2020

"Healing Power of Gratitude Challenge”

Dear Residents of Franklin,

This week many will be away from family and friends, unable to join together for the holidays. This week, let's spread gratitude & thanks and help each other remember the good!

Recently, Russell M. Nelson, global faith leader, prophet and president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, gave a message of hope and healing while calling upon the world to increase prayer and gratitude.

I am excited to share his brief message with you, and ask that as a member of the Franklin community, you consider taking part in his "Healing Power of Gratitude Challenge".

The challenge from Nelson began with, "I invite you—just for the next seven days—to turn social media into your own personal gratitude journal.  Post every day about what you are grateful for, who you are grateful for, and why you are grateful.  At the end of seven days, see if you feel happier and more at peace.  Use the #GiveThanks

The next part of the challenge encouraged those of faith to offer daily prayers of gratitude.

Youtube Link:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tlcILxGmVrI

Facebook Link:  https://www.facebook.com/russell.m.nelson/videos/2150464655087765


The challenge has 2 parts.

For 7-days during November 21, 2020 through the 28:
Turn your social media page into a gratitude journal using #GiveThanks. Post every day about what you are grateful for, who you are grateful for, or why you are grateful.  Share experiences, remembrances, and people you are grateful for. At the end of seven days, see if you feel happier and more at peace. Use the #GiveThanks.
Say daily prayers of gratitude.

I will be participating in the #GiveThanks campaign and sincerely hope you will consider joining with me to share a message of hope and gratitude with others in our community.


With appreciation,

Alisa Hansen

Monday, November 9, 2020

Navigating a Mess of Unending Challenges Five Questions to Get Us Unstuck And Make Things Better

Now that we can back to our lives... Really looking forward to this free webinar with former IDEO designer and current Olin College prof @ElaBenUr next Monday: https://t.co/gXITrezKzy Some practical strategies to get unstuck and move forward. Register now!
Navigating a Mess of Unending Challenges
Five Questions to Get Us Unstuck And Make Things Better 
– Especially During the Pandemic

With Ela Ben-Ur of Olin College, Formerly of IDEO

Two sessions: November 16, 2020 at 12 PM or 7 PM US ET
 
 
Navigating a Mess of Unending Challenges
Navigating a Mess of Unending Challenges

 

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Spier Family Issues Giving Challenge At Hockomock Area YMCA

Greg and Kathy Spier of Foxborough are issuing a $50,000 challenge grant to support the Hockomock Area YMCA’s commitment to support kids and families during this pandemic. The Spiers are matching every donation made August 10th through September 26th up to $50,000. When the Spier Family Kindness for Kids Challenge is met, it will result in $100,000 to benefit food security initiatives through the Hockomock Area YMCA.  

Since the pandemic started, when the Y’s doors were closed in March, the Hockomock Area YMCA immediately began providing food for people in need and providing emergency child care for essential personnel. As of August 7th, 152,000 meals and 15, 623 grocery bags have been provided to people in the local communities that the YMCA serves.

Every Wednesday, since March 18th, the Hockomock Y has provided free family-size grocery bags valued at $50 each at their branches in Foxboro, Franklin and North Attleboro to anyone in need. Additionally, the Y has been working with school nutrition departments and community partners to ensure that children and families have grab and go meals for breakfast and lunch while schools have been closed and through the summer months. As the need for food access continues to grow, grab and go meals are now offered in Bellingham, North Attleboro, Milford and Wrentham.

“In these challenging times, our YMCA has been there for our community providing an important safety net for so many kids and families,” said Ed Hurley, President of the Hockomock Area YMCA. “I’m so proud of the work our Y has done – reflecting our mission and values - to provide emergency support focused on the needs of those challenged with food insecurity. Greg and Kathy Spier have been passionate partners for so many years with our Y.  This incredible challenge will help our neighbors when they need it most and is the latest example of the Spier family’s commitment to our YMCA and the communities we are so proud to serve.”   

Greg and Kathy Spier, long time Foxborough residents, Y members and volunteers, and community leaders, are committed to improving the quality of life in their community.  The Spier Family’s legacy includes the naming of the indoor and outdoor aquatics centers at the Y’s Invensys Foxboro Branch, along with their parents, Sonja and the late Alex Spier.

Through the Spier Family Kindness for Kids Challenge, Kathy Spier expressed her hope that this challenge “will inspire people to make a gift to help feed kids and families and spread kindness and a caring hand to those who need it during a difficult time in our communities.”

“Our family has always believed in giving back to the community and this YMCA.  We have learned from our mom and dad the importance of paying it forward and making your community a better place. Through this challenge, and with the support of our community, together we will make a difference providing food access to our neighbors in need during this pandemic,” said Greg Spier.

When asked why the Spiers are issuing this challenge, Greg shared, “Kathy and I give because our hearts feel good when we do so, and we advocate for the Y because we know the Y’s reputation and commitment to helping people. Now more than ever in these uncertain times, we all need to come together to support one another.”

Every gift matters. To learn more about this challenge and ways to make a gift, visit www.hockymca.org/spier-challenge

To learn about other ways to support this initiative, please contact Katie Moore at katiem@hockymca.org.

Many family and individuals have lost jobs which has an increasingly hard strain on people’s budgets for basic needs like food and other necessities and are not able to make ends meet. Through the YMCA, people will have access to healthy meals and food as a result of these philanthropic efforts and the support of a caring community of people who want to strengthen our community and make a difference.

For more information about the Y’s food securities initiatives, visit hockymca.org/food-access.

About Hockomock Area YMCA:

Where Cause Meets Community.  At the Hockomock Area YMCA, strengthening community is our cause. The Hockomock Area YMCA is an organization of men, women, and children sharing a commitment to nurture the potential of kids, promote healthy living, and foster a sense of social responsibility. 

The Hockomock Area YMCA is committed to partnering and collaborating with others to create and deliver lasting personal and social change in the 15 communities they are privileged to serve. The Hockomock Area YMCA is a not-for-profit charitable cause-driven organization with facilities in North Attleboro, Foxboro, Franklin, and Mansfield. For more information visit hockymca.org.


Spier Family Issues Giving Challenge At Hockomock Area YMCA
Spier Family Issues Giving Challenge At Hockomock Area YMCA

Monday, April 6, 2020

FM #237 Jamie Barrett - "Sisu Ubuntu" 4/02/20 (audio)

FM #237 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 237 in the series.

This session of the radio show shares my conversation with Jamie Barrett, Franklin teacher and singer/songwriter. We had our conversation via conference bridge to adhere to the ‘social distancing’ requirements of this pandemic period.

We jump right into the making of “Sisu Ubuntu”, his new song, collaborated on with over 100 word suggestions, and as we find out, it came together once he picked up his guitar to work on the music to frame the lyrics.

We also talk about TuNesDay and his “Wake up with Mr Barrett” Live concert that he performs on Tuesday mornings at 8 AM. We also raise another challenge for Franklinites to help Jamie get more than 2,000 subscribers to his YouTube channel. He really needs 1,000 but we believe Franklin can do better than that, so let’s go for 2,000.

This recording runs about 15 minutes, so listen to my conversation with Jamie and get some insights into the creative process for this teacher and singer/songwriter.   https://www.hipcast.com/podcast/HyZXbC07



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If you haven't heard it, you can listen to the “Sisu Ubuntu” song here 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HVP2eDzQGnQ

Please subscribe to Jamie’s YouTube channel here:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCiitAGAChXLE-lzyzPxauhg

We are now producing this in collaboration with Franklin.TV and Franklin Public Radio (wfpr.fm).

This podcast is my public service effort for Franklin but we can't do it alone. We can always use your help.

How can you help?
  • If you can use the information that you find here, please tell your friends and neighbors
  • If you don't like something here, please let me know

Through this feedback loop we can continue to make improvements. I thank you for listening.

For additional information, please visit Franklinmatters.org/
If you have questions or comments you can reach me directly at shersteve @ gmail dot com

The music for the intro and exit was provided by Michael Clark and the group "East of Shirley". The piece is titled "Ernesto, manana" c. Michael Clark & Tintype Tunes, 2008 and used with their permission.

I hope you enjoy!
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You can also subscribe and listen to Franklin Matters audio on iTunes or your favorite podcast app; search in "podcasts" for "Franklin Matters"

FM #237 Jamie Barrett - "Sisu Ubuntu" 4/02/20 (audio)
FM #237 Jamie Barrett - "Sisu Ubuntu" 4/02/20 (Twitter photo)

Thursday, October 17, 2019

FHS Unified basketball challenge game a success

"Thank you to all that were able to come out and support our troops at tonight’s unified game! AND a huge thank you to
@franklinpolice @FranklinMAfire and @FranklinHS for coming out to play against unified! We appreciate your support and hope to see you at more of our games!!"


FHS Unified basketball challenge game a success
FHS Unified basketball challenge game a success

Sunday, July 7, 2019

Spier Family Issues Camp Challenge At Hockomock Area YMCA

The Spier Family of Foxborough is issuing a challenge grant to Hockomock Area YMCA members, donors, local businesses and partners. For the third straight year, a generous $25,000 matching gift challenge is being offered. The Spiers are matching every donation made July 8 through July 21 up to $25,000, which will result in an additional $50,000 to provide more kids with a summer camp experience in August.

Children and families who face financial challenges are welcomed each day to enjoy a YMCA experience in a place where they are nurtured and where they belong. On average 1,300 kids attend Hockomock Y camps each summer day, including YMCA camps located in Bellingham, Foxboro, Franklin, Mansfield, and North Attleboro.

Last year, the Y provided $180,985 in confidential scholarships for summer camp; more than 20% of campers received some form of financial assistance. As the need continues to grow, the generous Spier Challenge gift will provide more opportunities for kids to experience camp this summer.

Many family budgets are increasingly strained, placing a hardship on children in area communities, especially during the summer when they may not have access to quality care, active outdoor fun, and healthy meals each day. To learn more and make a gift, visit www.hockymca.org/camp-challenge.

Kids deserve to be active, happy and care-free, especially during the summer months. Summer days are longer, warmer and more enjoyable for children to explore the world around them. This is exactly the setting YMCA member Mary needed and wanted for her son Parker. “It was kindergarten going into first grade when we experienced camp for the first time and my son went for two weeks. I was still a stay at home Mom, but just to have that opportunity to give him a break from having to go to his Dad’s cancer treatments those two weeks out of the summer really helped.

Last summer Parker attended summer camp for the whole summer and that’s because his Dad had passed and I had gone back to work and I didn’t know how I was going to be able to take care of my son and still provide for him. I think his favorite counselors really made an impact on his life, for which I’m forever grateful,” says Mary.

“The Y is important to kids like Parker, but also to all the other kids. The benefits of summer camp are phenomenal. Becaues of the Reach Out for Youth & Families assistance program, my son was able to have these opportunities when we couldn’t afford them. It not only gave my son a sense of normalcy during a time that wasn’t normal for him but it also gave me the opportunity to have a stress relief by having a membership to the Y for myself.”

Greg and Kathy Spier, long time Foxborough residents, Y members and volunteers, and community leaders, are passionate about improving the quality of life in their community. The Spier Family name is prominently displayed on the indoor and outdoor aquatics centers at the Y’s Invensys Foxboro Branch. The Spiers are also benefactors of the SPLASH program which has resulted in teaching hundreds of local school children how to be safe around water, learn to swim, and begin enjoying swimming as lifelong recreation.

“Our family has always believed in giving back to the community we love and our Mom and Dad modeled the importance of paying it forward. There is something magical about summer camp that every child needs and deserves. Through this challenge, together with our community, we can provide more kids an opportunity to experience their best summer ever at the Hockomock Area YMCA camps,” said Greg Spier.

When asked why the Spiers are issuing this challenge, Greg Spier shared, “Kathy and I give because our hearts feel good when we do so, and we advocate for the Y because we know the Y strengthens families and communities. Summer camp provides a special opportunity to shape a kid’s life while building confidence and self-esteem.”

Ed Hurley, President of the Hockomock Area YMCA expressed, “We are so grateful to the Spier Family for their continued commitment and confidence in our YMCA. This donor challenge and the gifts that will result means more children will have the opportunity to experience the magic of summer camp at the Y.

Our Y has a proud yet ever-growing history of inclusiveness. Whether it’s a family that cannot afford a Y camping experience for their children or a teenager who struggles with bullying at school, we continually extend our arms, welcoming them into our Y family. We are grateful to be part of 15 communities full of caring, committed people who share the values of youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility,” said Hurley.

In 2018, the Hockomock Area YMCA provided $ $2,111,811 in confidential scholarship assistance and program subsidies.

To learn more and make a gift, visit www.hockymca.org/camp-challenge.

The Spier Family with summer campers in 2012
The Spier Family with summer campers in 2012

About Hockomock Area YMCA:
Where Cause Meets Community. At the Hockomock Area YMCA, strengthening community is our cause. The Hockomock Area YMCA is an organization of men, women, and children sharing a commitment to nurture the potential of kids, promote healthy living, and foster a sense of social responsibility.

The Hockomock Area YMCA is committed to partnering and collaborating with others to create and deliver lasting personal and social change in the 15 communities they are privileged to serve. The Hockomock Area YMCA is a not-for-profit charitable cause-driven organization with facilities in North Attleboro, Foxboro, Franklin, and Mansfield. For more information visit hockymca.org.

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Chili & Chowder Challenge - April 14

Chili & Chowder Challenge to support the Relay For Life of Western Norfolk County on April 14 from noon - 4 PM at the Medway VFW Post 1526. Some of the best restaurants and fire departments around will be presenting their version of chili and chowder for you to vote on. 

There will be a DJ, Raffles, Silent Auctions, Free Ice Cream and more Chili and Chowder than you can eat. Tickets are on sale now and are $10.00 with advanced purchase or $20.00 at the door. Contact me if you would like a ticket, have any questions or would like to help support the Challenge. We are still accepting donations for the raffle.

Tickets can be purchased in advance by making a donation directly to my Relay For Life page or contacting me directly. There is a link on our Facebook page below. We look forward to seeing you there.

Please take a moment to support these local business and fire departments that will be at the Challenge this year. (in no particular order)

  • T.C. Scoops
  • PJ's Smoke "N" Grill
  • PJ's Bar & Grill
  • The Alumni Restaurant
  • Napper Tandy's Millis
  • The Raven's Nest
  • Jimmy D's Bar & Grill
  • Pollard's Texas Que
  • J & L Catering
  • The Moonlight Chef
  • Medfield Fire Department
  • Medway Firefighters Local 4602
  • Westwood Fire
  • Hose Heads Chili Team
  • Wrentham Fire Department
  • Norwood Firefighters Local 1631
  • Needham Firefighters - Local 1706
  • Sherborn Fire

Follow the event on Facebook  https://www.facebook.com/events/312734096267458/

Chili & Chowder Challenge - April 14 (Facebook event photo)
Chili & Chowder Challenge - April 14 (Facebook event photo)

Monday, January 7, 2019

2 MAEA emerging artists selected from FHS; N Calitri wins Soph Boys 1000M Indoor; NPR Student Podcast Challenge

2 MAEA emerging artists selected from FHS

Congratulations to Drew Conrad (ceramics) and Jackie Forcina (painting). Their artwork has been accepted into the MAEA Emerging Artists Exhibition at the State Transportation Building from Feb 11th - March 27th. Just amazing!!

https://twitter.com/johnsonb_ms/status/1082013071277768704


Nick Calitri wins Soph Boys 1000M Indoor

Boys 1000 Meter Champion Nick Calitri of Franklin wins with a 2:41.33 at the #mstcafreshmansophomorechampionship

https://twitter.com/MSTCA1/status/1082023083492417538


NPR Student Podcast Challenge

This spring, @NPR is challenging students across the country to make their own podcasts. It’s the NPR Ed Student Podcast Challenge. Contest rules and details are here:

https://twitter.com/npr_ed/status/1063036347978563584


Sunday, July 15, 2018

Spier Family Issues Camp Challenge At Hockomock Area YMCA

The Spier Family is once again issuing a challenge grant to Hockomock Area YMCA members, donors, local businesses and partners. For the second straight year, a generous $25,000 matching gift challenge is being offered. The Spiers are matching every donation made July 16 through July 27, 2018 up to $25,000, which will result in an additional $50,000 to provide more kids with a summer camp experience in August.

Children and families who face financial challenges are welcomed each day to enjoy a YMCA experience in a place where they are nurtured and where they belong. On average 1,300 kids attend Hockomock Y camps each summer day, including YMCA camps located in Bellingham, Foxboro, Franklin, Mansfield, and North Attleboro.

Last year, the Y provided $173,409 in confidential scholarships for summer camp; more than 20% of campers received some form of financial assistance. As the need continues to grow, the generous Spier Challenge gift will provide more opportunities for kids to experience camp this summer.

Many family budgets are increasingly strained, placing a hardship on children in area communities, especially during the summer when they may not have access to quality care, active outdoor fun, and healthy meals each day. To learn more and make a gift, visit www.hockymca.org/camp-challenge.

Kids deserve to be active, happy and care-free, especially during the summer months. Summer days are longer, warmer and more enjoyable for children to explore the world around them. This is exactly the setting YMCA member Lisa needed and wanted for her three grandchildren. “Thanks to a Y scholarship, this will be our fourth summer coming to camp,” explains Lisa, the guardian of her three grandchildren Chloe, Davion and Dashon. Lisa, a single grandparent, speaks with pride when she describes the growth in her children through their Y experiences. “Chloe is my oldest and the social butterfly. She’s become even more confident. She’s always there to help her brothers and looks to help others. She aspires to be a camp counselor someday.”
Spier Family Foundation at opening of Spier Family Outdoor Aquatics Center
Spier Family Foundation at opening of Spier Family Outdoor Aquatics Center

Greg and Kathy Spier, long time Foxborough residents, Y members and volunteers, and community leaders, are passionate about improving the quality of life in their community. The Spier Family name is prominently displayed on the indoor and outdoor aquatics centers at the Y’s Invensys Foxboro Branch. The Spiers are also benefactors of the SPLASH program which has resulted in teaching hundreds of local school children how to be safe around water, learn to swim, and begin enjoying swimming as lifelong recreation.

“Our family has always believed in giving back to the community we love and our Mom and Dad modeled the importance of paying it forward. There is something magical about summer camp that every child needs and deserves. Through this challenge, together with our community, we can provide more kids an opportunity to experience their best summer ever at the Hockomock Area YMCA camps,” said Greg Spier.

When asked why the Spiers are issuing this challenge, Greg Spier shared, “Kathy and I give because our hearts feel good when we do so, and we advocate for the Y because we know the Y strengthens families and communities. Summer camp provides a special opportunity to shape a kid’s life while building confidence and self-esteem.”

Ed Hurley, President of the Hockomock Area YMCA expressed, “We are so grateful to the Spier Family for their continued commitment and confidence in our YMCA. This donor challenge and the gifts that will result means more children will have the opportunity to experience the magic of summer camp at the Y.

Our Y has a proud yet ever-growing history of inclusiveness. Whether it’s a family that cannot afford a Y camping experience for their children or a teenager who struggles with bullying at school, we continually extend our arms, welcoming them into our Y family. We are grateful to be part of 15 communities full of caring, committed people who share the values of youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility,” said Hurley.

In 2017, the Hockomock Area YMCA provided $ $2,017,318 in confidential scholarship assistance and program subsidies.

To learn more and make a gift, visit www.hockymca.org/camp-challenge.


About Hockomock Area YMCA:
Where Cause Meets Community. At the Hockomock Area YMCA, strengthening community is our cause. The Hockomock Area YMCA is an organization of men, women, and children sharing a commitment to nurture the potential of kids, promote healthy living, and foster a sense of social responsibility.

The Hockomock Area YMCA is committed to partnering and collaborating with others to create and deliver lasting personal and social change in the 15 communities they are privileged to serve. The Hockomock Area YMCA is a not-for-profit charitable cause-driven organization with facilities in North Attleboro, Foxboro, Franklin, and Mansfield. For more information visit hockymca.org.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Chili & Chowder Challenge - April 29

Please join us for a Chili and Chowder Challenge to support the Relay For Life of Western Norfolk County at the Medway VFW post 1526 on April 29 from Noon - 4 PM. 

Some of the best restaurants and fire departments around will be presenting their version of chili and chowder for you to enjoy and vote on. There will be a DJ, Raffles, Silent Auctions, Free Ice Cream and more Chili and Chowder than you can eat. 

Tickets are on sale now and are $10.00 with advanced purchase or $20.00 at the door. 

Contact Bill if you would like a ticket, have any questions or would like to help support the Challenge, donations are gladly accepted. 

Bill 508-254-9008 or Billdff@yahoo.com


Please take a moment to support these local business and fire departments that will be at the Challenge this year. (in no particular order)


  • PJ's Bar and Grill
  • PJ's Smoke "N" Grill
  • Union Street Grill
  • Uptown Pub
  • Restaurant 45
  • Jandl Catering
  • Carnivores All American BBQ
  • Dirty Steve's Famous Wing Sauce!
  • Napper Tandy's Millis
  • Teddy Gallagher's
  • T.C. Scoops
  • Medfield Fire Department
  • Medway Firefighters Local 4602
  • Hose Heads Chili Team
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  • Norfolk Fire - MA
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Chili & Chowder Challenge - April 29
Chili & Chowder Challenge - April 29

Friday, September 29, 2017

Information meeting Oct 5 for Destination Imagination

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:

"An information meeting about Destination Imagination (DI) in Franklin will be held on Oct. 5, 7 p.m., in the pre-school room at the Franklin YMCA, 45 Forge Hill Road, Franklin, to learn more about DI and all that the program has to offer children. 
Franklin Destination Imagination is a 501c3 non-profit organization that operates this after school enrichment program open to all kids from 2nd grade through high school in Franklin. 
Also check out www.destinationimagination.org.

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http://franklin.wickedlocal.com/news/20170926/time-to-sign-up-for-destination-imagination-in-franklin

Destination Imagination Twitter image
Destination Imagination Twitter image

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Chili and Chowder Challenge - April 22

Chili and Chowder Challenge on April 22nd at the Medway VFW from Noon-4pm to benefit the Relay For Life. 

Local restaurants are being asked to submit their versions of Chili or Chowder for judging by the public. 

Tickets are $20 per person. There will be raffles, music, silent auctions and more.

Chili and Chowder Challenge - April 22
Chili and Chowder Challenge - April 22


Friday, September 30, 2016

In the News: Parents forum scheduled; Destination Imagination info night

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:

"The Franklin Public Schools will be hosting a talk in mid-October to help parents understand and communicate with their adolescent children. 
The event - scheduled for Monday, Oct. 17 at 7 p.m. at the high school auditorium - will feature mental health counselor Jon Mattleman. 
Superintendent Maureen Sabolinski said the idea to bring Mattleman to town came about last year. 
"Some Franklin parents went to see him talk in Natick, and they felt it was really good," she said.

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http://www.milforddailynews.com/news/20160929/franklin-chools-schedule-communication-lecture


destinationimagination.org
destinationimagination.org
"Franklin Destination Imagination will hold a parent information meeting at 6 p.m. Oct. 6 at Franklin Public Library, 25 Kenwood Circle. 
For information: di.franklin.ma@gmail.com; destinationimagination.org. 
Destination Imagination Inc. is an educational nonprofit aiming to teach students the skills needed to succeed in school, their careers and beyond.


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http://www.milforddailynews.com/news/20160929/franklin-destination-imagination-to-hold-information-meeting

Friday, August 12, 2016

Attention Students: Open Call for Verizon Innovative Learning App Challenge Submissions Now Open to Franklin Residents


Verizon Issues Call to Massachusetts Students for the Best Problem-Solving App Ideas

Fifth Annual Verizon Innovative Learning App Challenge Opens for New Submissions;
Deadline is November 18

Fifth Annual Verizon Innovative Learning App Challenge
Fifth Annual Verizon Innovative Learning App Challenge

WHAT: The Verizon Innovative Learning app challenge – the no-coding-skills-needed contest that gives middle and high school students a chance to bring their problem-solving app ideas to life – is now accepting new app ideas for the 2016-2017 competition.

Winning student teams will be chosen from each state, earning a $5,000 grant for their school or organization and free tablets for each team member. Then the Best In State teams will compete for the ultimate prizes: an additional $15,000 for their organizations, and chance to turn their app ideas into real, working smartphone apps that will be made available for download.

Now in its fifth year, thousands of students across the U.S. have participated in the app challenge - gathering teams, dreaming up ideas, and creating concepts for mobile apps that could solve problems in their schools and communities.

Past winners have been featured at the White House Science Fair and even gone on to sell their completed apps for cash.

Students can submit ideas from Aug. 1 - Nov. 18, 2016, and the winners will be named in January and February 2017.

For more information on how to register for the Verizon Innovative Learning app challenge, or to download the completed apps, visit www.verizon.com/appchallenge. Follow us on Twitter (@VerizonGiving) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/verizonfoundation).

WHY: The app challenge, part of Verizon Innovative Learning, was developed to give all students, regardless of their technology experience or access to technology, a chance to make a difference, and to help spark their interest in STEM subjects and careers.

Over the past 10 years, for example, STEM jobs have grown three times faster than other jobs. STEM jobs are expected to grow by 1 million by 2022 to a total of more than 9 million jobs.

The app challenge provides hands-on, experiential learning that can equip students with the in-demand skills of the future and empower them to envision brighter futures for themselves as business owners, app inventors, coders, technology professionals and more.

The 2016-17 Verizon Innovative Learning app challenge is open for new submission August 1 – November 18, 2016.