School lunches

Elementary schools

Monday: Hot dog on a bun, potato wedge, peas and carrots, fresh orange.

Tuesday: Macaroni and cheese, soft pretzel, peas, chilled peaches.

Wednesday: Tony's cheese pizza, garden salad, fresh apple.

Thursday: Toasted cheese triangles, tomato soup with crackers, vegetable sticks, chilled pears.

Friday: Warm Pizza Dunkers with mozzarella cheese, warm cinnamon apples.

Weekly alternatives: Cheerios, yogurt cup, ham cubes, Graham cracker, orange juice, banana, low-fat milk. All meals are served with choice of milk (whole, low-fat, chocolate) and choice of fresh or chilled fruit or juice. Student meal prices: $1.75 regular lunch, 40 cents reduced lunch; 40 cents milk; $1 regular breakfast, 30 cents reduced breakfast.

Middle schools

Monday: Meatball sub with Parmesan cheese, potato rounds, chilled peaches.

Tuesday: Baked ziti with cheese, green beans, warm apple slices, fresh orange.

Wednesday: Assorted pizza, tossed salad, chilled fruit.

Thursday: Chicken finger basket. baked wedge fries, chilled fruit, dinner roll.

Friday: Veal Parmesan, side of pasta, green beans, dinner roll.

Weekly alternatives: Chicken Caesar salad with pita bread or ham and cheese sub with lettuce and tomato. Student lunch prices: $1.85 student lunch, 40 cents reduced meal; 50 cents milk; $3 adult lunch. Regular breakfast: $1, 30 cents reduced breakfast.

Whittier Vo-Tech

Monday: Veal patty sandwich, mixed vegetables, pear halves.

Tuesday: Baked meatloaf, mashed potato, sliced carrots, applesauce.

Wednesday: Soup and sandwich special, assorted fruit.

Thursday: Spaghetti and meat sauce, green beans, peach slices.

Friday: School pizza, small salad, pretzels, fruit cocktail.

Breakfast served daily as a meal or a la carte. Pizza and sub sandwiches served daily. Choice of 8-ounce homogenized, low-fat chocolate or 1 percent milk served with each meal.



Goldman scholarship

Community Action Inc. is offering a $1,000 Goldman Scholarship to an area resident enrolled in a full-time college or other post-secondary program. The scholarship is named after Gerald Goldman, the former executive director of the agency, who passed away in 1995. College students from Haverhill, Amesbury, Newburyport, Salisbury, Groveland, Georgetown, Boxford, Rowley, Newbury, West Newbury and Merrimac are eligible. Applicants must supply proof of their participation in a full-time college program, a letter of recommendation from a teacher or professor and complete a 200- to 500-word essay on how their post-secondary education experience will help them enhance the principles of Gerald Goldman in their own lives, or how continuing their education will help them make a difference in their communities. The winner will be decided by Jerry Goldman's children and announced in March. Applications are available at the Community Action Inc. main office, 145 Essex St., Haverhill, at the Amesbury office, Town Hall Annex, and at the Newburyport office, 447 Merrimac St. Applications are also available at www.communityactioninc.org. Completed applications are due by Feb. 1. For more information, call Marge Hooper at 978-373-1971.



Professional and cultural exchange program

Rotary International District 7930 is offering a free professional and cultural exchange program, including travel, accommodations and meals for four young professionals, ages 25 to 40, to travel to Minas Gerais, Brazil, May 1 through June 2. Team members will make invaluable vocational contacts and visit sites of cultural and historic significance. All candidates must live and/or work in Rotary District 7930: Amesbury, Andover, Arlington, Belmont, Beverly, Boston, Boxford, Burlington, Cambridge, Chelsea, Danvers, East Boston, Essex, Everett, Georgetown, Gloucester, Hamilton, Haverhill, Ipswich, Lawrence, Lexington, Lynn, Lynnfield, Malden, Manchester, Marblehead, Medford, Melrose, Methuen, Middleton, North Andover, North Reading, Peabody, Reading, Revere, Rockport, Salem, Salem N.H., Saugus, Somerville, Stoneham, Swampscott, Topsfield, Wakefield, Wenham, West Roxbury, Wilmington, Winchester, Winthrop, Woburn. Deadline for submitting applications is Jan. 15. Applications are available at www.rotary7930.org. For more information, contact Ingrid Brown at icybee@verizon.net.



Free dyslexia seminars

New England Dyslexia Solutions will offer informational seminars on Feb. 26 and March 24, 6:30 p.m. at 25 State St., Suite 203, Newburyport, under the direction of licensed Davis Dyslexia Correction Facilitator Karen LoGuidice. Seating is limited. For more information or to register, call 978-337-7753, e-mail info@ne-dyslexia.com or visit www.ne-dyslexia.com.



Northern Essex Community College news

New associate degree offered: An associate degree in general studies with a music option will be available starting in fall 2008. The new program will allow its participants to transfer to most four-year music programs at or very near the junior level. For more information, call 978-556-3223 or e-mail klanger@necc.mass.edu.

Free seminar to explain the Workforce Training Fund on Jan. 25 from 8 to 10 a.m. in the Technology Center. Any company that pays unemployment insurance is eligible to participate. The seminar will highlight how to apply for grants, what resources are available to assist in the application process, new requirements that may be beneficial to a business and opportunities to ask questions about the Workforce Training Fund. A continental breakfast will be served. To reserve a seat, call Allan MacGregor at 978-556-3836.

Accelerated business courses: "Intro to Business" on Tuesday and Thursday from 5 to 7:40 p.m., and "Computer Applications" on Tuesday and Thursday from 7:45 to 9:15 p.m., Jan. 22 through March 13; "Principles of Management" from 5 to 6:30 p.m. and "Integrated Computer Applications" from 6:35 to 9:05 p.m., March 25 to May 12; and "Principles of Retail Management," Mondays from 6 to 8:40 p.m.

The Northern Essex Community College Haverhill campus is 100 Elliott St.



Kids helping kids

Students and their families at Little Sprouts Child Enrichment Centers are accepting gift donations for Debbie's Treasure Chest, a charity developed by three adopted girls, ages 8, 11 and 12, which targets the children in Department of Social Services custody. To donate, e-mail jtodisco@littlesprouts.com. For more information, call 781-929-2858.



Free preschool screening

The Haverhill Public Schools provides free preschool screening to 3- and 4-year-old children in Haverhill. Preschool screening is a brief look at a child's overall development including the areas of language, motor skills and thinking and reasoning skills. Screening is a brief, child-friendly, play-oriented time during which a trained preschool teacher will work with your child. The information gained from preschool screening may help answer some of your questions and help make decisions about good learning experiences for your child. For more information or to make an appointment, call the Moody School at 978-374-3459 or 978-374-3484.



Emergency and cancellation information

Notices of school closings and delayed openings due to inclement weather are announced on radio and television by 6 a.m. Radio stations: WBZ-AM 1030, WRKO-AM 680. TV stations: 4, 5, 7 and 32. Closings and delays are also available on the Emergency Snow Line at 978-469-9078. During delayed openings, school will start two hours later. Bus pickup, therefore, will also occur two hours later. If it is necessary to dismiss schools prior to regular times, announcements will be made over the radio and TV stations normally used for cancellations, along with the school Web site. If a parent or guardian decides that a child cannot travel to school safely due to weather conditions, the child may remain at home. Please provide the school with a written note when the child returns to school.



Fit 'n' Fun after-school program

Cedarland Family Fun Center will offer after-school care for children in grades one through five starting this fall. Children will partake in various indoor and outdoor activities that vary by season and include: indoor play maze, outdoor playground, indoor swimming, sports games, basketball, mini-golf and batting. Homework time and arts and crafts will also be offered. Children can register for anywhere from one to five days a week. Drop-in care will be available if space allows and paperwork is complete. Bus transportation will be provided from Bradford Elementary and Greenleaf schools in Haverhill. Cedarland is located at 931 Boston Road. For more information, call Program Director Beth Bailey at 978-373-1596. To register, visit www.cedarland.net and select Fit 'n' Fun after-school program.



Military help with college loans

You can get help repaying college loans by investing $1,200 in the Montgomery G.I. Bill to receive more than $30,000 for education expenses. Receive an associate in applied-science degree in your specialty from the world's largest community college and the only accredited degree-granting program in the Armed Forces: the Community College of the Air Force. For more information, contact Sgt. James Moore at 978-686-1464; 160 Winthrop Ave., Stadium Plaza, Lawrence; or e-mail to James.Moore@rs.af.mil.



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