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4th marking period now posted
4th marking period now posted
"Nature Adventurers" Summer Program
Kids entering grades 1 & 2
Monday, July 11 - Friday, July 29 (weekdays only)
White Memorial Conservation Center
Kids entering grades 1 & 2 can join us for three weeks of all-day outdoor discovery, games, books, songs, and crafts that help them learn more about the natural world around them. Sign up by week or for all 3 weeks! 9:30am - 3:30pm each day. Meet in the Museum parking lot.
Pre-registration and pre-payment are required.
Please call 860-567-0857
Space is limited!
Members: $120/week, Non-members: $145/week.

"Natural History Explorers" Summer Program
Kids entering grades 3 - 9
Monday, July 11-August 12 (weekdays only)
White Memorial Conservation Center
Kids entering grades 3 - 9, join us for all-day discovery programs both on and off White Memorial property. Immerse yourselves in nature! Activities include collecting rocks and minerals, investigating aquatic life, exploring different ecosystems, learning to identify wildlife, climbing mountains, hiking trails, and so much more. 9:30 am - 3:30 pm each day. Meet in the A.B. Ceder Room.
Pre-registration and pre-payment are required.
Please call 860-567-0857
Space is limited!
Members: $140/week, Non-members: $165/week.
Grades 3 & 4: July 11-15 & 18-22     
Grades 5 & 6: July 25-29 & August 1-5
Grades 7, 8 & 9: August 8-12
"Wee Discoverers" Summer Nature Program
for 4 & 5 year-olds
Tuesdays, July 19 and 26
9:30-11:30 a.m.
White Memorial Conservation Center
This weekly two-hour series for 4 & 5 year-olds features stories, songs, crafts, games, and outdoor adventures that introduce young ones to the wonders of nature! Sign up by session or for all 5 sessions. Meet in Nature Museum Children's Corner. 9:30 - 11:30am.
Pre-registration and pre-payment are required.
Please call 860-567-0857 or visit
Space is limited!
Members: $15/session, Non-members: $20/session
It's that time of the year again.... Litchfield County 4-H will be sponsoring their annual summer programs. Over four weeks, the Litchfield County 4-H Interns will visit with a hands-on, educational, and always fun program. Check back for Summer 2016's theme soon, but in the meantime please plan to join Litchfield County 4-H this summer on Tuesdays ~ July 19th and 26th at 4:00 p.m.

We will be alternating locations between Warren Woods and the Morris Town BeachFor more information about the program or to register contact the Warren Parks and Recreation office. 860-868-7881 ext. 113 ~ There is NO COST for the program.

If you would like more information regarding the 4-H, please contact them at 860-626-6240 or find them on Facebook at "Litchfield County 4-H".
Page Turner's Club (Grades 4-6)
Wednesdays, June 29 - August 10 ~ 1:00-2:00 p.m.
Oliver Wolcott Library
Get your school summer reading requirement finished at OWL this summer! Receive a complimentary paperback of Under the Egg by Laura Marx Fitzgerald. Each week Mrs. Shaia will lead discussions, read passages aloud, and have game challenges. A pizza lunch will be provided each week.
When Theodora Tenpenny spills a bottle of rubbing alcohol on her late grandfather’s painting, she discovers what seems to be an old Renaissance masterpiece underneath. That’s great news for Theo, who’s struggling to hang onto her family’s two-hundred-year-old townhouse and support her unstable mother on her grandfather’s legacy of $463. There’s just one problem: Theo’s grandfather was a security guard at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and she worries the painting may be stolen.

With the help of some unusual new friends, Theo’s search for answers takes her all around Manhattan, and introduces her to a side of the city - and her grandfather - that she never knew. To solve the mystery, she’ll have to abandon her hard-won self-reliance and build a community, one serendipitous friendship at a time. Registration is required. For Grades 4-6. This book club is generously sponsored by the Ellen Keeney Fund

All Oliver Wolcott Library events are free and open to the public.
Space is limited. Registration is required.
or call 860-567-8030.
Teen Dinner & A Book Club & Museum Trip
(For teens entering Grades 7-12)
Wednesdays, June 29 - August 10 ~ 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Oliver Wolcott Library
Get your school summer reading requirement finished at OWL this summer! Receive a complimentary paperback of The Art of Secrets by James Klise. Each week we will have discussions, read passages aloud, and compete in trivia challenges. A pizza dinner will be provided each week.
When Saba Khan’s apartment burns in a mysterious fire, possibly a hate crime, her high school rallies around her. Her family moves into a rent-free luxury apartment, her Facebook page explodes, and she begins (secretly) dating a popular boy.

Then a quirky piece of art donated to a school fund-raising effort for the Khans is revealed to be worth hundreds of thousands of dollars, and Saba’s life turns upside down again. Should Saba’s family get the money? Or the students who found the painting? Or the school?

Monologues, journal entries, interviews, articles, and official documents expose a tangled web of greed, jealousy, and suspicion as students and teachers alike debate, point fingers, and make shocking accusations about what’s really going onRegistration is required. For Teens entering Grades 7-10. This book club is generously sponsored by the Ellen Keeney Fund

All Oliver Wolcott Library events are free and open to the public.
Space is limited. Registration is required.
or call 860-567-8030.
Lunch Bunch Club
Thursdays, June 30 - August 18
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
(For children entering Grades K-3)
Oliver Wolcott Library
Did you know that Winnie the Pooh was a book before it was a Disney sensation? Listen to the original tales and learn fun facts about the series. Mrs. Shaia will read a different chapter from Winnie-the-Pooh and The House at Pooh Corner each week. Test your knowledge about the real Winnie with trivia games such as “Book vs. Movie” and “True or False,” and decorate crafts such as a “Hunny” pot. A pizza lunch will be provided each week. Keep track of the chapters read aloud for your “Read to Me” portion of your summer reading requirement! Registration is required. For children entering K-3.

All Oliver Wolcott Library events are free and open to the public.
Space is limited. Registration is required.
or call 860-567-8030.
Litchfield High School Scholarship Association
Annually the Litchfield High School Scholarship Association interviews graduating seniors from Litchfield High School who have applied for Scholarships and also reviews the applications from previous Litchfield graduates.  This year a record total of $311,000 was awarded to LHS graduates embarked on their post secondary education.
In early June at a Breakfast Ceremony for senior recipients and their parents, F. Robert Petricone presented Scholarships to 30 seniors including the Valedictorian Sophie MacDonald, and the Salutatorian Conor Courtney, who received Merit Awards for academic excellence. Following in the tradition of Mr. Joseph D’Assern, a former member and benefactor, of the 78 year old Scholarship Association, they also received rare books. The books are selected for the top ranked male and female in their fields of interest.
As well as the 30 seniors who received $148,000 in awards, 55 previous graduates of LHS, who maintained good academic standing in college, and reapplied for funds received Scholarships totaling $163,000.
Graduating seniors receive many named scholarships. Some were established in memory of loved ones by their families, or by bequest. These include the Pinnington, the D’Assern, the Seherr-Thoss, J. Deming Perkins and Edith Rockhill, Dorothy Bull, F. Kingsbury Bull for William Pruner, Rose M. Brennan, John Cappello, Charles Carpenter, Joseph A. and Mary B. Concannon, Carl Goodhouse, Bradford and O.B. Griffin, Kristina Herman, Florence M. Hunt, Dr. Benjamin Katzin, Edward Kolakoski, Kenneth J. Lang, Jr., Aaron Maziarz, Terrence McGurk, Raymond O’Connell, Dr. G. Francis Osborn, Rita B. Rolli, John Scanlon, Steadman/Abby Fund, Marlene D. Skonieczny, and Dr. Edward F. Wallace, Jr.
Family Funds and Annual Awards have been established for the Booth Family, and the Ebersol Family. Organizations supporting the Scholarship Fund include the Northfield Women’s Club and the Litchfield High School Alumni.
Donations are always welcome for any of the funds, and can be made to the Litchfield High School Scholarship Association; P.O. Box 652; Litchfield, CT 06759. If designated for a particular fund, the name of that fund should be noted. Information about the scholarships is available at the LHS Guidance Office.
Morris Public Library
Children’s Summer Reading Program
Tuesday, June 14, 2016 through Wednesday, August 17, 2016;
registration is open through July 14, 2016.
Upon registration, children will receive an Activity Log (Pre-K) or Time Log (K-6). Complete the activities (Pre-K) or read for as long as you can (K-6), and enter your name to win BIG PRIZES in the FINALE RAFFLE at the END OF SUMMER PROGRAM PARTY (Wednesday, August 17, at 2 PM).

Come to the Library to find our special CHAMPION CHEST with prizes, and choose a prize any time you visit the Library and check out a book!
Litchfield High's Class of 2016 bids final farewell (06-21-16)
Wamogo graduates embark on a course for the future (06-15-16)
Congratulations to the Wamogo and LHS valedictorians (06-17-16)
Litchfield County Head Start Now Enrolling for 2016-2017
Head Start at EDUCATION CONNECTION is now enrolling 0-5 year old children and prenatal women in Litchfield County for the 2016-2017 program year at all locations.
Dedicated to kids, passionate about education, and connected with the community, Head Start staff and programs specialize in comprehensive, early childhood education and school readiness programming. Kathi Bleacher, Director for Head Start at EDUCATION CONNECTION, comments, "We work in partnership with families and communities to provide Head Start students with diverse opportunities for growth and development. Our goal is to prepare these children to enter kindergarten with the key skills and knowledge that will support their ongoing success."

Head Start programs operate within certain income guidelines for families. For instance, families receiving Temporary Family Assistance or Social Security are automatically eligible for participation, as are all foster children. To learn more about income guidelines and how Head Start may be able to serve your family, please call 860.567.0863 x180.
2016 USDA Summer Food Program
As soon as school ends, EDUCATION CONNECTION begins hosting USDA Summer Food Service Programs (SFSP) at sites in Torrington and Winsted. Children from all districts, ages 18 and younger, are welcome to join us for breakfast and/or lunch, free of charge. A parent or guardian must accompany each child to the site where they can enjoy a meal and make new friends! This year, EDUCATION CONNECTION is hosting meals at the following SFSP-approved sites:
CT Junior Republic | June 20, 2016 – August 12, 2016
Open Feeding Site – Available to ALL children 18 and under
168 South Main St., Torrington, CT 06790
Lunch 11:30 a.m.  - 12:45 p.m.
Help us ensure that no child goes hungry this summer. 
For further site details, please dial Infoline @ 2-1-1. To learn more about EDUCATION CONNECTION’s Summer Food Programs, please call 860.567.0863.
About USDA Summer Food Service Programs
The USDA Summer Food Service Programs (SFSP were created in 1968, to ensure that children in low-income areas could receive nutritious meals during summer months when school is not in session. Summer Feeding provides meals to educational, community based, recreational, or social activities already established in the area. SFSP provides free, nutritious meals during school vacations. The program is administered at the federal level by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Services (FNS). Learn more at

Food Services at EDUCATION CONNECTION is a professional food service management program. Specializing in providing healthy school meals for students in grades K-12 in the Torrington, Litchfield, New Hartford, Region #12 and Thomaston School Districts, Food Services works collaboratively with the State Department of Education Office of Child Nutrition and implements School Lunch Programs, Breakfast Programs, After School Snack Programs, and Special Milk Programs as well as the Summer Food Program. Learn more at
Region 6 ~ 2016 Governor’s Summer Reading
The 2016 Governor’s Summer Reading Challenge is under way. Region 6 appreciates your involvement in your child’s summer reading life. Please keep track of books read over the summer. We are hoping for 100% participation.