Methuen Adult Learning Center Students Visit Statehouse

METHUEN — Students of the Methuen Adult Learning Center recently had the opportunity to visit the Massachusetts Statehouse for a tour, where they learned about the legislative process in the Commonwealth.

The Learning Center serves more than 150 adults annually. It offers classes in basic literacy, math, digital literacy, civics and adult secondary education to help students prepare for the HiSET or GED exams, the equivalent of a high school diploma.

The programs are funded through the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, Methuen Public Schools and the city of Methuen. All classes are completely free for students.

"We have a tradition of making the trip every spring and the learning center is very appreciative of the unwavering support of the state legislators for our programming," said Susan Prior, supervisor of adult basic education at the Learning Center.

"The students who attend the Methuen Learning Center are doing all they can to prepare themselves for gainful employment and to contribute to their communities," said state Rep. Linda Dean Campbell, D-Methuen.

"The programs have proven to be successful and these students are shining lights in our community and are truly worthy of my support in the budget."

State Reps. Diana DiZoglio and Frank Moran, Methuen and Lawrence Democrats respectively, also voiced their support for the Learning Center and for the continued funding of the programs it offers through the Statehouse.

PMA students to compete on game show

Presentation of Mary Academy is one of 12 high school academic teams that will compete in a live tournament this week.

WGBH is collaborating with “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” author Jeff Kinney for a new event series, “High School Quiz Show: Extra Credit” that will be held in his Plainville bookstore, An Unlikely Story.

Four teams will compete per night, answering questions on topics including science, math, literature, history and current events, in the same vein as on “High School Quiz Show.” The team with the most points at the end of each competition will be named that night's champion.

Competitions begin Tuesday, May 22 and continue through Thursday, May 24. Presentation of Mary Academy will take on Maynard High School on Thursday.

The competition begins at 6:30 p.m. each night. Family, friends and the public are invited to attend for free, but reservations are required. Sign up for each day here:

Touch-a-Truck, Kids Muster set

DERRY — The Touch-a-Truck and Kids Muster family event is 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 2 at West Running Brook Middle School, 1 West Running Brook Lane.

There will be hands-on opportunities for children to explore, climb and touch trucks, emergency vehicles, heavy machinery and other equipment.

A Kids Muster will be held on the rear field. Sign up in groups of five at school offices and compete against other schools, grades or individually.

A BMX stunt show will also be held promoting helmet safety sponsored by Derry Police Department.

For information on the Muster, contact fire department Assistant Chief Scott Jackson at 603-432-6751, Touch-a-Truck information is available by contacting Lt. Michael LaValley at 603-432-6121, and BMX stunt show information is available by calling police Capt. George Feole at 603-432-6111.

Get ready for police summer camp

HAVERHILL — Applications for the Haverhill Police Department’s GREAT/DARE summer camp will be available beginning June 1 at the police station, 40 Bailey Blvd.

The camp is free to Haverhill children ages 8 to 11 and runs from July 9 through Aug. 10 at the Consentino School, 685 Washington St. The camp consists of scheduled recreational activities, guest speakers and field trips. Camps hours are from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., weekdays.

Parents/guardians of children planning on participating in this program will be asked to fill out a permission slip, complete with medical information, and return it to the Haverhill Police Department no later than June 30. As has been the case in the past, Officer Steve Iannalfo will contact all interested members to confirm their attendance. No child has ever been turned away from the program; however, funding and space is limited.

Lunch and snacks will be provided by the Haverhill Public Schools summer meal program but parents/guardians must provide drinks for their children. Soda is not allowed at camp.

Please arrange for your child's transportation and inform camp officials of those arrangements so that no one is left stranded at the end of the day. Children who actively participate in all activities on a daily basis and attend camp on a regular basis will be considered for field trips throughout the summer.

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