Yard sale! In Sunapee, for Nature’s Classroom, May 19

Helping out while cleaning out: Do your spring cleaning and support learning and environmental awareness at the same time.

>> A benefit yard sale for Nature’s Classroom will be held on Saturday, May 19, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Sherburne Gym in Sunapee.

>> If you have items for the sale, drop-off is Friday, May 18, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Sherburne Gym. Please, NO computers, microwaves, stereo equipment, tires, clothing or stuffed animals.

Your goods and your purchases at the yard sale will help next year’s sixth graders at the Sunapee Middle High School attend Nature’s Classroom, a residential environmental program held in Wakefield, Rhode Island.

“Sunapee has been attending Nature’s Classroom for many years,” said SMHS sixth grade teacher Corinne Levasseur. The graduating class of 1990 was the first class to attend when they were sixth graders.

Ellen Pysz and Anna Duke, retired teachers from the central elementary school, initiated the program in Sunapee, explained Levasseur.

Money raised at the yard sale combined with funds from participating families and the school budget pay for Sunapee’s enrollment.

In October, the students from Sunapee will travel to a YMCA camp on Point Judith Pond, part of Narragansett Bay. The camp is one of 15 program sites in New York and New England used by Nature’s Classroom.

“Students participate in team building activities and attend elective classes that involve all curriculum areas, with an emphasis on the outdoors and the environment. The students spend much of their time exploring the habitats of the marine life that is abundant in and around the salt pond,” Levasseur added.

The school encourages all sixth-graders to attend. Most years, participation is 100%, and depending on the year that means 35-40 students share the learning experience.

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