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Success Stories from B.R.I.N.G. I.T.!!!

posted Jun 15, 2014, 5:42 PM by Hillside PTO   [ updated Jul 13, 2014, 11:48 AM ]
Check out the recap of two awesome programs that were brought to Hillside this year by our very own B.R.I.N.G. I.T.!!! program, in collaboration with these outstanding community partners and the Granite United Way.  The students did an awesome job.  Go Hillside!

B.R.I.N.G. I.T!!! - bringing Refuges, Immigrants, and Neighbors Gently Into Tomorrow - is a collaboration between the Manchester School District, Granite United Way and other community organizatins.  It is run by community members and seeks to improve the lives of refugees, immigrants, and New Hampshire natives living in Manchester by facilitating access to, and navigation of, the resources needed by families to better integrate into and succeed in the community.  The aim is to offer a variety of programs that promote positive youth development and support cross-cultural understanding, and to involve the surrounding community to help the families living in the neighborhoods of Manchester.  Having just finished its 8th year, B.R.I.N.G. I.T.!!! has served as an outstanding model of how to bring newcomers and locals together, with the aim of making Manchester a better place for all.  B.R.I.N.G. I.T.!!! is offered free of charge throughout the school year to all Manchester students in grades 4-12.  

SEPIA - In partnership with the New Hampshire Institute of Art, students participated in a 10-week SEPIA (Student Enrichment Program In the Arts) where teacher education students from NHIA taught classes in a variety of mediums, from collage, to painting, and even scan-o-grams.  The student work was featured in an exhibition at the Manchester Millyard Museum during the months of April and May, with a very successful opening event with over 75 community members coming to see the students' work and celebrate their success.  

STEM Discovery Labs - Students participated in classes in the STEM Discovery Labs at UNH-Manchester.  During multiple, 6-week sessions students worked on various science, technology, engineering, and math classes, ranging from mobile app development, to video game design, and even 'disaster detectives,' a science class where students learned about man-made environmental disasters and the ways that municipalities respond.  Classes were taught by local business and community leaders who are STEM experts in their respective fields.  


B.R.I.N.G. I.T.!!! serves over 300 students each school year and is held at Hillside Middle School.  Participants hail from over 20 countries, including students born right here in Manchester.  For more information on the B.R.I.N.G. I.T.!!! program check out their Facebook page at facebook.com/bringitafterschool. 
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