Osram Sylvania Supports STEM Project at White Birch Center

Osram Sylvania Supports STEM Project at White Birch Center

White Birch Center will be expanding Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) activities at their summer camp this year thanks to a generous donation of $1,550 from Osram, parent of Sylvania Automotive located in Hillsboro. The Extended Education Program at White Birch offers day camps over school breaks, providing quality care, recreational, and enrichment opportunities for nearly 75 children during summer vacation. This year, the summer camp is now able to offer a STEM initiative to campers.

“With this incredible gift from our friends at Osram, we get to immerse ourselves in 12 different fun and educational hands-on STEM activities throughout the summer”, explains Alison Palmer, Site Director for the Extended Education Program. In addition to the STEM activity kits, guides, and materials the donation affords, Osram employee volunteers are also participating during some of the lessons, sharing their experience and passion for science, engineering, and community service. Ms. Palmer is quick to point out the other significant benefits of STEM learning, including fostering teamwork, developing problem-solving skills, and understanding conflict resolution.

Sasha Grimes, a Planning Analyst with Osram, is president of Osram’s Community Engagement Committee, the team who approved this donation and service project. “Our committee is formed by employee volunteers who are passionate about giving back to their local communities and increasing the culture of volunteerism, and we are so pleased to be an integral part of this STEM Camp project with White Birch,” notes Grimes.

The mission of White Birch Center is to be a community leader in providing exceptional programs and services that support learning and active living for children, adults, and families.

The mission of Osram’s Community Engagement Committee is to provide assistance in the community to better the lives of those who live in the area, and to express the concern of all Osram associates and the company for the welfare of others.  Osram strives to be a valued corporate neighbor, improve the quality of life in the community, and increase the pride and enthusiasm of its Hillsboro associates.

(l-r: Robin Sweet and Sasha Grimes of the Osram Sylvania Community Engagement Committee present a check for $1,550 to Alison Palmer of White Birch Center, in support of the nonprofit’s summer camp STEM project)

Kentucky Derby Party Combines Fun and Fundraising!

Kentucky Derby Party Combines Fun and Fundraising!

On May 5, guests enjoyed some Louisville excitement at the White Birch Center Kentucky Derby Party held at Pats Peak. Derby-goers dressed in style enjoyed classic cocktails, southern inspired food, and dancing on the deck to live music from Nick’s Other Band. Exquisite raffle items, a fun hat contest, and themed games were enjoyed by a crowd of more than 150 attendees. Gathering for a rendition of My Old Kentucky Home, followed by watching the Run for the Roses on the big screen, added to the tradition of this sold-out event. The Derby Party raised over $10,000 in proceeds towards the mission of White Birch Center – to be a community leader in providing exceptional programs and services that support learning and active living for children, adults, and families. Thank you to everyone who helped make this fundraiser such a wonderful success!

Check out more fun photos from the Kentucky Derby Party at www.whitebirchcc.org/kentucky-derby-party/

Amy McKean and John Prieto ready for the Derby

Top photo: Derby-goers dressed in style, l-r: Brenda Connor, Pat Chandonnet, Bob Chandonnet, Roseann Heitz, Ginny Doherty

Photos credits: Beth Ann Paul

White Birch Center Educators Recognized at Credentialing Ceremony

White Birch Center Educators Recognized at Credentialing Ceremony

(From bottom left: Denelle Rittersback, Evelyn Hannemann, Tasha Davis, and Leanna Lorden. Top Left: Kaitlyn Smith, Kayla Irving, and Megan Keim. Not Pictured: Judy Watkins and Jessica Jensen)

An annual statewide credentialing celebration of Early Childhood Professionals was held on April 10, 2018 at Grace Capital Church Auditorium in Pembroke. Educational leaders and State Representatives spoke passionately about the role educators have in teaching, nurturing, and enriching the lives of children and families. White Birch Center, and its education staff, was recognized in multiple categories at the event, hosted by the NH Child Development Bureau in accordance with the Early Learning Alliance of NH and Child Care Aware of NH.

Nine staff members from the White Birch Centers for Early Learning and Extended Education were recognized at the ceremony and awarded education credentials in various levels of specialized training and professional development. Credentialing recipients included: Denelle Rittersback, Evelyn Hannemann, Tasha Davis, Leanna Lorden, Kaitlyn Smith, Kayla Irving, Megan Keim, Judy Watkins and Jessica Jensen. White Birch was also recognized as a Licensed-Plus Child Care Center and a Strengthening Families program participant.

The NH Early Childhood Professional Development System recognizes professional development while providing a process for attaining professional credentials.  Professional development in core competencies and specialized content areas helps improve the knowledge, skills, behaviors, attitudes, and values of the early childhood workforce. This is a critical component of high-quality early childhood programs. Leanna Lorden, Director of Children’s Programs at White Birch, explains “White Birch places significant emphasis on ongoing professional development, quality early learning, formal child assessment practices, and early behavioral supports”. White Birch is an annual participant in this credentialing event.

White Birch Center Educators Recognized at Credentialing Ceremony

Pizza & Paint Night at White Birch Center was a hit!

On January 12, ten participants started their night with pizza and wine followed by a group painting session. Artist and teacher, Elaine Emerson, brought all the necessary supplies and patience to lead a step-by-step class using acrylics on canvas. Participants left with a beautiful winter scene they created. This special activity is sure to return by popular demand!

 

Knitted Donations Warm the Heart

Volunteers from the Active Living Program at White Birch Center have been busy this holiday season. The program’s knitting group, The KnitWits, recently donated their time and talent to support some local and statewide causes by trimming their annual Giving Tree with over 200 hand-knit items.

Numerous charities, including Friends of Forgotten Children, Henniker Lions Club, Hope on Haven Hill, and several emergency shelters, will receive these special blankets, sweaters, hats, mittens, slippers, and stuffed animals. This is the fifth year the White Birch volunteers have participated in this labor of love.

This volunteer initiative is just one of many year-round community service efforts done through White Birch Center. Program members from Henniker and surrounding towns volunteer to drive, facilitate exercise groups, assist with senior meals, teach hobby classes, and support fundraising initiatives. Last year alone, this dedicated group provided over 1,250 hours of volunteer services valued at nearly $30,000.

2018 Active Living Trips

White Birch Center and Banner Tours & Travel are happy to announce that we have planned the following trips for 2018. Please note that there are a limited number of seats for each trip and payment is required with registration. For more information, call 428-3077 or stop by White Birch to pick up a registration form.

White Birch Center Presents:

Washington, DC Tour & Cherry Blossom Parade
April 12 – 17, 2018

Daffodil Days at Blithewold Mansion – Bristol, RI
Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Norman Rockwell Museum – Stockbridge, MA
Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Boston Duck Tour & Old North Church
Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Rhode Island Lighthouse Cruise
Wednesday, July 18, 2018