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CelebratED MHT! A Festival of OUR Public Schools and Community

Come one and all to Manchester’s second annual festival of our public schools and community: CelebratED MHT!, presented by USI Insurance Services. The festivities will roll out on September 17th, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm at Veteran’s Memorial Park in Manchester, NH.

It’s time to welcome back our students, families, teachers, and staff – and to launch a new school year filled with joy and promise.

It’s time to recognize the accomplishments of our students, teachers, and staff – and the diversity of talents and opportunities that is the Manchester School District.
It’s time to have fun! – to bring our community together for a day of unity and celebration.

The Manchester School District, Manchester Proud, and more than 30 city departments and organizations have joined forces to present a city-wide festival, celebrating Manchester’s public schools and community.

The festival will be FREE to ALL and include:

  • LIVE performances by the Akwaabe Ensemble, Barranquillo Flavor, Manchester High School Marching Bands, Manchester School Choirs, The
    Freese Brothers Big Band with Alli Beaudry, Aaron Tolson Speaking in Taps, and more
  • FREE food for all kids and families
  • FREE books for all Manchester School District students, with book readings by City Year throughout the day
  • Visits by our kids’ favorite comic book characters and Fungo, the Fisher Cats’ mascot, who will be giving away free tickets to the evening’s home baseball gam
  • Kids, activities throughout the day, including Manchester Police and Fire demonstrations, robotics competition, student art show, sidewalk chalk drawing, games, dance lessons and more

FREE school bus transportation will be available to and from the event, with hourly pick-up and drop-off between 9:30 am and 4:30 pm on the following routes:

  • Starting at Parkside Middle School, to West High School at the corner of McGregor & Hecker Street, to Veterans’ Memorial Park
  • Starting at Elmwood Gardens, to Beech Street Elementary School, to Veterans’ Memorial Park

CelebratED MHT! A festival to celebrate public schools and community at Veteran’s Memorial Park on September 17th!

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Celebrate with Purpose

By: Barry Brensinger, Manchester Proud Coordinator

CelebratED 2022 is now only days away!   We are looking forward to seeing you in Veteran’s Park on September 17th for a day-long festival to celebrate our public schools and community.  If you enjoy great food, live entertainment, swelling pride, and the glowing faces of happy kids, you don’t want to miss it!

During a recent Champion’s Council meeting, it was noted that between our School-Community Partnerships, The Compass, communications initiatives, and CelebratED, Manchester Proud has so much good work underway that it’s hard to keep up.  Many organizations would consider any one of these efforts to be a worthwhile annual agenda.  We are indeed busy, but always remain mission focused: Engaging and uniting our community in the making of exceptional public schools.

Everything we do is purposeful and our work continues to be shaped by lessons learned every day.  CelebratED, for example, is not just a day of fun in the park. Here are some insights into how it profoundly advances our work:

Team Building

The CelebratED Planning Team is a remarkable assembly of 30 smart, caring, and hard-working representatives, including Board of School Committee, school leaders and teachers, city departments, local businesses and non-profits, and parents.  Producing CelebratED to the high standards set by the Team has taken nine months and countless hours of work. Along the way we have established invaluable relationships and friendships.  The mutual trust earned between Manchester Proud and the leaders of our schools and community is among our greatest assets and will lead to ever more productive partnerships in the months and years ahead.


We need ALL of our citizens to be “Manchester Proud”! Toward that end, the CelebratED Team has taken great strides toward making the festival welcoming and accessible to everyone. Our event notices have been shared in multiple languages spoken in the District.  The event is free to all, including food, entertainment, books, Fisher Cats tickets, and dozens of planned activities with give-aways for our students.  All on-stage activities will include an interpreter with American Sign Language.  Free bus transportation has been arranged, as well as additional handicapped parking on Central Street.  And a Sensory Tent will be available on-site, for those who need some quiet time.  CelebratED continues to help us better understand how to bring us ALL together as a community.


CelebratED is serious business.  As a corollary to the old adage “You are what you eat”, communities become what they value – what they “celebrate”.   Celebration of our students and schools promotes awareness and understanding of the countless success stories being lived in the Manchester School District every day. By accentuating the positive, we inspire ever greater pride and progress.  Our ultimate success will be realized when the making and maintaining of great public schools and commitment to the success of ALL of our students are part of our collective civic conscience – When we and the world know Manchester to be a great place to learn and live.

Don’t miss CelebratED 2022.  Certainly, it will brighten your day!   Perhaps even more importantly, you will be further supporting the growing movement that is Manchester Proud – Citizens engaged and united in the making of exceptional public schools for ALL of Manchester.

See you in the park!