EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

April 4, 2014

Young people join forces to prevent child abuse

The Eagle-Tribune

---- — The city’s youth organizations — Girls Inc., the YWCA and YMCA, the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Haverhill, and Haverhill High School’s Excel Club — will come together on April 19 in support of the Haverhill Exchange Club’s efforts to prevent and bring attention to child abuse.

The two-mile “There’s No Excuse for Child Abuse” walkathon begins and ends at GAR Park. Check in is at 9:30 a.m. and the walk begins at 10:15 a.m. Registration fee is $5. Premier sponsor is Align Credit Union.

The 99 Restaurant & Pub in Haverhill will provide a free cookout for participants. It will include hot dogs, hamburgers and other refreshments. Other sponsors are the Boys & Girls Club, ServPro of Haverhill, the Haverhill School Department and Haverhill Police Department. Music is by DJ Ron Carpenito.

The first 150 people to register will receive a free backpack from Align Credit Union and a water bottle from the Boys & Girls Club. Checks may be made payable to the Haverhill Exchange Club, PO Box 543, Haverhill, MA 01831, attention Lise Zapatka. You can also register at the Boys & Girls Club, 55 Emerson St.

‘My Life, My Health’ workshop planned

The Council on Aging will host a free “My Life, My Health” chronic disease self management workshop on Mondays from April 28 to June 9.

The workshop meets from 1 to 3:30 p.m. at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St. To register or for more information, contact Nancy Galinsky of Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley at 978-552-4674.

Middle school science and engineeringfairs planned

Seventh- and eighth-graders in Haverhill’s middle schools are in the final weeks of preparation for the second annual Haverhill Middle School Science and Engineering Fairs.

Students, family, friends, and members of the public are invited to the fairs.

More than 100 projects will be featured. Here is a schedule of events: Hunking Middle School, April 9, from 5 to 8 p.m.; Consentino School, April 10, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.; Nettle Middle School, April 10, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.; and Whittier Middle School, April 10, from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

At the fairs, students will share their findings and what they have learned about research and design.

“Students, teachers, and parents praised the science fairs last year and commented on how much the students learned and enjoyed their experience,” said Science and Technology Curriculum Supervisor Meg Keppler.

This year’s fairs are bigger than last year’s. In addition to expanding to include engineering designs, the fairs will feature judging of all projects. Sponsors include Haverhill Bank, Capitol Waste Services, Pentucket Bank and Exxon Mobil Corp.

First-, second- and third-place winners at each school will be awarded gift cards. Those who receive honorable mentions will receive certificates.

Twelve students have applied to enter their projects in the New England Regional Science Fair at Lowell High School on April 12.

There will be well over 100 projects to be judged in the Haverhill fairs. If you would like to be a judge or assist in any way at one of the schools, contact Meg Keppler at 978-420-1933 or mkeppler@haverhill-ps.org.

Church plans supper on April 12

St. James Episcopal Church in Groveland will host a bean supper on April 12 from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Parish Hall.

The event will feature food and desserts. Cost is $8 for adults and $4 for children. For more information, visit online at www.saintjamesgroveland.org.