First Day Celebration Planned for September 1

See also the PSA on AmherstMedia about First Day.

The First Day Celebration is scheduled for Thursday, September 1 on the Amherst Town Common from 5:30-7pm. Families, teachers and community leaders will gather in a unified show of support for the Amherst-Pelham Regional Public Schools.

Superintendent of Schools, Maria Geryk, invites all families to attend this event. “The First Day Celebration is a wonderful community tradition. It celebrates the people and programs which make our schools so great. The sole purpose of this event is to foster community spirit and demonstrate enthusiasm for and commitment to the education of our students.”    

Kimberly Stender, Volunteer Coordinator, states “All families are encouraged to bring a picnic dinner from a local eatery and enjoy pony rides, musical performances, police and fire demonstrations and more!  The Amherst Lions Club will conduct free vision screenings for adults and children. College students, athletes and mascots will greet guests and organize games and crafts.  All activities are free of charge.”

Free parking and shuttle bus service is available at Amherst Regional High School beginning at 5:15pm.  In the event of rain, the First Day Celebration will take place at Amherst Regional High School.

“This year many groups in the Human Services Network will be on hand to educate the public about health and safety programs.” Stender adds, “We are partnering with the Amherst Survival Center in a concentrated effort to support their “Foundation Initiative: Underwear & Dignity for All”.  The ACS is in need of 10,000 pair of NEW underwear for men, women and children. Please consider donating these items to the ASC. Volunteers will collect these items at the event.”

The Office of the Superintendent gratefully acknowledges and graciously thanks the partnering organizations and individuals who make the First Day Celebration possible:

Town of Amherst , Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce, Amherst Club, Amherst College, Amherst Education Foundation, Amherst Human Rights Coalition, Amherst Human Services Network, Amherst Lions Club, Amherst Media, Amherst Regional High School PGO, Amherst Regional Middle School FSP, Amherst Rotary Club, Amherst Survival Center,  Michelle Brooks-Thompson, Crocker Farm Elementary School PGO, DeMaio Orthodontics, Edward Jones Investments, Fort River Elementary School PGO, Courtney Hall, Interfaith Opportunities Network (ION), Lee Larcheveque, Muddy Brook Farm, Pelham Elementary School PGO, Pioneer Valley Transit Authority, Dave Ranen, State Representative Ellen Story, State Senator Stan Rosenberg, The Sub & Pizza, UMASS, Wildwood Elementary School PGO.

The mission of the Amherst-Pelham Regional Public Schools is to create a dynamic learning community where students and staff work together and where all students are supported and challenged to achieve their full potential in their intellectual, creative, social and civic endeavors.  With parent and community participation, staff and students strive to ensure a safe environment and to promote respect and appreciation for the diversity of individuals, cultures and learning styles.

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Last updated October 11, 2011
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