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Heads Up - School Choice Celebration at Belknap Mill on Feb. 1

Network For Educational Opportunity To Hold School Choice Celebration & Free Children’s Concert at Belknap Mill

The Network for Educational Opportunity (NEO) announced today its inaugural School Choice Celebration to be held during National School Choice Week. NEO’s celebration will take place at the Belknap Mill, 25 Beacon Street East in Laconia, NH on Saturday, February 1st beginning at 12:30 p.m.  NEO staff are holding this first-ever event to kick off their second year of K-12 scholarship operations, and to celebrate the awarding of more than $125,000 in education tax credit scholarships for the 2013-2014 school year.


Free and open to the public, the NEO School Choice Celebration will feature interactive musical experience “Wayne from Maine” and balloon-meister White Marriot.  The celebration will also highlight the need to expand access to educational options for all children.


Organizers expect close to 250 people to attend the event: children, parents, community leaders, and other education choice stakeholders.  NEO staff will make a presentation on scholarships and school choice at 12:30 p.m. and will repeat this presentation following the concert.  NEO’s close-knit community – as well as new families seeking information – are strongly encouraged to attend for scholarship access updates, including information on how to apply.


Under the NH Education Tax Credit law passed in 2012, families may be eligible for financial need-based scholarships from NEO to pay tuition for education options. This has created a flurry of interest from families in need and levels the playing field, giving children whose parents are of modest means the opportunity to attend a school they would otherwise be unable to afford. The need-based scholarships empower families to choose an educational setting that is the best fit for their child.  Options NEO can assist with run the gamut of public schools outside a student’s zoned district, first-time or continued attendance at specialized private schools, as well as financial support for home schooling materials and experiences.


“All of us at NEO are thrilled to have the opportunity to empower NH families to overcome barriers to choosing a school or educational setting that is the best fit for their child. We’re proud to have awarded scholarships to more than 100 children in 2013 and we look forward to celebrating school choice with parents and the community,” said NEO Executive Director Kate Baker.

By participating in National School Choice Week 2014, which runs January 26th to February 1st, NEO joins hundreds of organizations, thousands of groups, and millions of Americans in raising awareness concerning the need to empower parents with the ability to choose the best educational environments for their children.


NH GOP - Kickoff Your Weekend With Tickets to the 160th Birthday Celebration of the Republican Party! 


YRNF Statement on Black History Month

Chelsi PChelsi Henry at YRNF Convention Henry, the YRNF Outreach Chair, issued the following statement on Black History Month:

Often times, Black History Month is overlooked or dismissed for a variety of reasons. Some say that it promotes racial divides, and others point out the fact that it is the shortest month of the year. Though both of these points and many others can be argued, the truth is that these arguments are mere distractions from the significance of the month. 

Black History Month is shared with Valentine’s Day. symbolic maybe? I would argue YES! If the Republican Party is going to lead and solve today’s issues, many that affect the African-American communities in the United States, there must be love and compassion through our actions and policies. 

This is a month that we as Republicans are reminded of our commitment and history of boldly supporting and standing up for freedom and progress. The GOP has a longstanding commitment to these principles. Our Republican Party should continue to rededicate ourselves to expanding the party. We are the party that believes in the advancement of all, no matter your current social economic status, family background, and education level, etc. We embrace American exceptionalism and should be bold in our message to all.

Celebrate with young Americans across the nation- retweet the facts we share, be bold and sharing why you are a Republican with others and how our principles promote the American dream. Reach out beyond your circle and share our conservative vision with your community. 

If you have ideas on how we can continue to share the Republican message, please email me or call me. I am dedicated to improving outreach to young Americans.


Merry Christmas from SGP 

"If men through fear, fraud or mistake, should in terms renounce and give up any essential natural right, the eternal law of reason and the great end of society, would absolutely vacate such renunciation; the right to freedom being the gift of God Almighty, it is not in the power of Man to alienate this gift, and voluntarily become a slave." --John Adams, Rights of the Colonists, 1772


Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
As we gather with our family and friends this Christmas, we want to thank youfor your friendship.  You make all the difference with your enthusiasm, your involvement and your desire to learn more.

May you and yours have a wonderful Christmas and a safe and Happy New Year.

Susan Olsen and Karen Testerman

NH DHHS Celebrates NH’s Adoptive Families During National Adoption Month

Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services

(DHHS) recognized New Hampshire’s Adoptive Families at an event this

afternoon at the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center in Concord. The event,

held during National Adoption Awareness Month celebrates the 96 adoptions

finalized in the State between October of 2011 and September 2012.

National Adoption Month is a time to raise awareness about the need for

adoptive families for children and youth in foster care.

“It is my intention that every child who leaves our system does so with a

lifelong permanent connection,” said Division for Children, Youth and

Families (DCYF) Director Maggie Bishop. “It is events like this one that

give us the unique opportunity to show our appreciation to adoptive

families who live this lifelong commitment every day.”

The focus this year is on post-adoption services and the resources

available for families after finalizing an adoption. “DCYF recognizes that

adoption is not final just because it has been legalized,” said DCYF Bureau

of Community and Family Support Administrator Eileen Mullen. “We believe

that supportive adoptive services should be provided throughout the family

life span and we are committed to providing post-adoption services.”

Lisa Marro, an adoptive mom also spoke at the event. She and her husband

John are the proud adoptive parents of 8 children. Their first child was

placed with them in 1994 and they have continued to grow their family

since. “As our children have grown and matured, we have faced different

challenges as adoptive parents,” said Marro. “The DCYF Post-Adoption Unit

has been fabulous in terms of offering us support, referring us to

community services and providing us with information so that we can better

advocate for our children. We have also been so grateful for the support

of the Community and Faith Based Initiative."

Today’s celebration was held at the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center.

The Heart Gallery, which features children in New Hampshire awaiting

adoption, will be on display at the Center for the month of November. As

part of the afternoon’s event, DCYF recognized Eliot Tatelman and Jordan’s

Furniture for their support of the Heart Gallery and efforts on behalf of

adoption from Foster Care.