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August 2023 – A Time of Joy

Manchester Proud speaks passionately about the “making of great schools”. It is the core of our mission. It is who we are. However, in the 21 st century, making “great” schools, schools that support and enable all of our students to succeed, is really hard work.

During our years of partnership with the Manchester School District, we have seen firsthand the challenges of bridging barriers of language, culture, poverty, and sometimes traumatized behavior to make learning accessible to our students. We’ve witnessed staffing shortages, scarcity of resources, and facilities in need of modernization.

So, when progress is made in spite of these challenges, we owe it to our school leaders, staff, students, families, and ourselves to express and share the joy of success! Success breeds success, and by
acknowledging achievement we nourish the optimism that sustains us through challenges and inspires continued progress.

The start of a promising new school year is a time of joy. A time for gratitude and celebration. A time to launch the pursuit of bigger dreams and new goals. All of which is the purpose of CelebratED, our community’s annual celebration of Manchester’s public schools.

Please mark your calendars and join us for this year’s celebrations:
September 21 st – State of the Manchester School District at the REX Theater. Doors open at 3:45 pm, program from 4:15-5:30 pm. Come hear Dr. Gillis’ goals for the 23-24 school year and ask questions.

September 23 rd – Our third annual CelebratED festival in Veteran’s Park. 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. A day of
free food, books, activities, and student performances. Experience Manchester’s growing pride in the accomplishments of our students and schools.

Bring your family and friends. Share in the joy and be prepared to cheer!

Manchester Proud Announces New Leadership

Co-Directors announced as Barry Brensinger retires as Coordinator but remains on the Champion’s Council Manchester Proud

Proud Moment – Manchester Proud welcomes three summer interns

We are thrilled to announce the arrival of our summer interns, Lacey, Jasmerlin, and Santiago! 🥳

Op-Ed: City schools are filled with uplifting stories – let’s share them

The story published in the Union Leader on May 31st, 2024. Link to publication here. I’VE

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The power of building and tending to community partnerships is a multiplier, expanding our collective knowledge, expertise, experience, capacity, resources, opportunity, and commitment to our common goal of excellence and equity for all learners. The old saying that, “Two heads are better than one”, certainly applies to our work, and we are so very fortunate to have many, many heads contributing to the success of our District.