PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT GIVEAWAY: ArtSpark at the Garden House

ArtSpark: Dance Party & Auction
Saturday, March 26th, 2011 @ 7m
at Look Park Garden House in Florence

Calling all grown-ups ready to get their groove on for a good cause! Hilltown Families and Hilltown Cooperative Charter Public School (HCCPS) are offering a pair of free tickets to ArtSpark, the HCCPS’s annual benefit dance party and auction at  Look Park’s Garden House on Saturday March 26th at 7pm. Proceeds from the event benefit HCCPS. Deadline to enter to win is 03/23/11. Find out how to enter to win below.

ABOUT ARTSPARK

ArtSpark is the annual benefit gala of the Hilltown Cooperative Charter Public School (HCCPS). This year’s fun event features an 80s theme, great music and dancing, and delicious food from Bread Euphoria. The silent and live auction is one of the Valley’s best, with items at all price points, from local organic food to a glorious weekend getaway, one-of-a-kind handmade furniture to local artisan crafts. So dust off your Ray-Bans, dig out those leg warmers and come Rock the Casbah in your Raspberry Beret in the beautiful Garden House space at Look Park in Florence, MA.

ABOUT THE HILLTOWN COOPERATIVE CHARTER SCHOOL SCHOOL

Founded in 1995, Hilltown Cooperative Charter Public School serves 165 children in grades K through 8 from the hilltowns and the Pioneer Valley. Students use experiential, hands-on activities, the expressive arts and interdisciplinary studies to foster critical thinking skills and a joy of learning. Parents, staff and community members are all part of a school cooperative that guides and supports the academic program. For more information, please call 413.268.3421 or visit www.hilltowncharter.org.

HOW TO WIN

Your chance to win a pair of free tickets to ArtSpark, the Hilltown Cooperative Charter Public School’s annual benefit dance party and auction at Look Park’s Garden House on Saturday March 26th at 7pm is as easy as 1-2-3 (4)!  To win simply:

  1. SHARE THIS PAGE ON FACEBOOK BY SELECTING “LIKE” BELOW
  2. TELL US HOW HILLTOWN FAMILIES HAS CONNECTED YOUR FAMILY WITH LOCAL SCHOOL EVENTS & OPPORTUNITIES (one entry per family) and be sure to tell us your
  3. FULL NAME and where you
  4. LIVE (TOWN/STATE)Must include your town to be eligible.
  5. ACCURATE EMAIL IN THE EMAIL FIELD BELOW (we never share your email address).
  6. We’ll randomly draw a winner and will share the results below.

IT’S THAT SIMPLE! — Deadline is Wednesday, 03/23/11 @ 7pm (EST).

If you don’t win you should still go.  ArtSpark is a fun parents’ night out that supports one of our local public school. Tickets are $15 each, or $25 for two, available in advance at the school or local businesses including Bread Euphoria, State Street Fruit Store, Cooper’s Corner & The Creamery. More info, call 268.3421.

Shake a Bootleg at Artspark!

Shake a Bootleg with the Hilltown Cooperative Charter Public School!

Artspark, an annual auction and benefit for the Hilltown Cooperative Charter Public School, will take place on March 27th, from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the Garden House at Look Park. Shake a bootleg to the speakeasy sound of Unit 7. Enjoy delicious food from The Blue Heron. And browse and bid on hundreds of fun and one-of-a-kind auction items.  Tickets are available at the door, or in advance at the following locations: State Street Fruit Store in Northampton, The Old Creamery in Cummington, Cooper’s Corner in Florence and at the school, located on Route 9 in Haydenville. For more information, visit www.hilltowncharter.org or call 413.268.3421. A great time for a great cause!

ABOUT THE HCCPS

The Hilltown Cooperative Charter Public School currently serves 162 children, kindergarten through eighth grade, from 24 towns throughout the hilltowns and the valley. Students use experiential, hands-on activities, the expressive arts, and interdisciplinary studies to foster critical thinking skills and a joy of learning. Parents, staff and community members participate in a whole school cooperative, which guides and supports the academic program.

For more information contact Deirdre Arthen at the HCCPS at 413.268.3421, http://www.hilltowncharter.org

2009 Winter Fair in the Hilltowns: An Alternative to Traditional Holiday Buying

2009 Winter Fair Eco-Craftmaking and Book Fair

As an alternative to traditional holiday buying, the Hilltown Cooperative Charter Public School will host a family book and eco-craftmaking fair on Saturday December 5, 2009 from 10 am to 4 pm at the “Brassworks” building on Rte. 9 (132 Main St.) in Haydenville, MA. Parents and children alike will have the opportunity to make a variety of craft items, many using recycled and natural materials including full-sized wreaths, fabric gift bags, felt key chains, gnomes and fairies, decorated candles, lavender sachets and gingerbread people.

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Hangin’ Ten in the Hilltowns

Come Surfin’ with the Hilltown Cooperative Charter Public School!

Poster Design by LAC Design.

This year the event’s theme is “Surfin’ the Hills” and the evening will include dancing to the great local surf band SPF 4! It also includes silent and live auctions with items from local businesses and artists, including weekend getaways, dinners, bodywork, jewelry, and much more. ArtSpark will be held on Saturday, April 11th from 7 – 11 pm at the Williamsburg Grange on Main St.. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door and will be available at HCCPS, State Street Fruit and Deli in Northampton, Cooper’s Corner in Florence, and The Old Creamery in Cummington.

The Hilltown Cooperative Charter Public School currently serves 154 children, kindergarten through eighth grade, from 24 towns throughout the hilltowns and the valley. Students use experiential, hands-on activities, the expressive arts, and interdisciplinary studies to foster critical thinking skills and a joy of learning. Parents, staff and community members participate in a whole school cooperative, which guides and supports the academic program.

For more information contact Deirdre Arthen at the HCCPS at 413.268.3421, http://www.hilltowncharter.org

City School, Country School Honor Martin Luther King Jr. in Western Mass

City School and Country School Honor
The Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Through Community Engagement in Western Mass

In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., students at The Hilltown Cooperative Charter Public School in semi-rural Haydenville, MA and the students at the Martin Luther King Jr. Charter School of Excellence in urban Springfield, MA will take part in a joint celebration and day of service. The City School / Country School project is supported by a grant from the Massachusetts Service Alliance (MSA).

Both schools have initiated a food drive to gather supplies for the food pantry at the MLK Community Center in Springfield which they will deliver on Friday, Jan 16. The full student bodies of both schools – over 400 children – and their teachers will come to the Community Center that morning for a participatory musical celebration of Dr. King’s life and work. Following the celebration, 4th and 5th grade students from both schools will go to the food pantry to help with the distribution of the collected foods and the 6-8th graders from Hilltown will return to the MLK School to volunteer time in the classrooms of the younger students there.

On Monday January 19, the choruses from both schools will be part of the Opening Ceremonies at the Martin Luther King Day celebration at the Eastfield Mall in Springfield, MA.

Deirdre Arthen, the Community Coordinator at the Hilltown Charter School says,  ”This is a wonderful opportunity for all of our students to embody the dreams of Martin Luther King by connecting personally with one another and by offering their time and effort to better the lives of others”.

“MSA is pleased to support the City School / Country School Project during this important and symbolic time.  We hope this resource will enable the schools to help their students learn that they can help meet real community needs in conjunction with the King Day of Service.  We also hope that this project will provide a springboard for continued service throughout the year”, said Emily Haber, CEO of the Massachusetts Service Alliance.

The Corporation for National and Community Service selected Massachusetts to highlight the King Day of Service, encouraging individuals and communities to view MLK Day as a “Day On” rather than a “Day Off.”  Boosted by President-elect Obama’s call for Americans to serve on King Day and throughout the year, community-based organizations across the Commonwealth came out in record numbers to address need.

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Eco-Family Annual Winter Fair in Haydenville

Eco-Family Annual Winter Fair

As an alternative to traditional holiday buying, the Hilltown Cooperative Charter Public School will host their annual family book and “green” craft fair on Saturday December 6, 2008 from 10 am to 4 pm at the “Brassworks” building on Rte. 9 (132 Main St.) in Williamsburg. Parents and children alike will have the opportunity to make a variety of eco-friendly craft items using mainly recycled and natural materials including full-sized wreaths, fabric gift bags, piggy banks, jewelry, vases, candle-holders, and cookbooks.

  • Eco-Family Annual Winter Fair at the Hilltown Cooperative Charter Public School
  • Saturday, December 6, 2008
  • 10 am – 4 pm
  • Brassworks Building (Route 9), Haydenville, MA

Concurrently with the crafts, new books from Scholastic will be showcased featuring the best of children’s literature, with hundreds of award-winning and other popular titles on display. The fair will also feature crafts from local craftspeople and a raffle. All proceeds will be used to support the school library and other educational programs.

The fair will also feature entertainment throughout the day, including the Hilltown School chorus. Home made lunches and baked goods will be available.

What is the HCCPS?

The Hilltown Cooperative Charter Public School is a public school serving grades K-8 and emphasizing mixed-aged classrooms and an arts-integrated approach to curricula. There is no tuition; admission is by lottery and is open to students throughout Hampshire and Franklin counties.

The Hilltown Cooperative Charter Public School in the Brassworks building on Rte. 9 in Haydenville, MA is hosting their Annual Winter Fair for Families on Saturday, December 6 from 10 am – 4 pm. The fair includes eco-friendly crafts and gift-making for all ages, performances, book and craft sales and great home-made foods.  For more information: Call the school at 413-268-3421 or go to http://www.hilltowncharter.org

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