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 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 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

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