Remember us on December 10th

We are once again participating in Valley Gives on December 10th, 2014.  
Please stop in at the Greenfield Savings Bank, downtown Shelburne Falls to make your tax deductable donation to the Mary Lyon Foundation. We will have volunteers and members of the Mary Lyon Foundation set-up and ready to make your donation process easy. Plus we will have free refreshments and music to entertain.


Prize after prize after prize…You won’t believe your eyes!

Just a preview of the fabulous collection of gifts to be raffled or auctioned off at the Community Spelling Bee Novemeber, 13th.  

Come…”sit-for-a-spell”….take a few chances on these great gifts.

Great adventures on the water,  in the snow, at the Christmas Tree Farm.  Fun bowling, going to the movies, skating at Interskate 91. Win a bus trip and hotel to Foxwoods, or B+B get-a way, YMCA membership, AAA automobile membership bundled with driving school credit, and gas card. Win local goods, like coffee, honey, jams and candies. Hand crafted jewelry.  Many local business and restaurant gift certificates. Toy and teacher theme gifts. These are just a few of the many very special items you have a chance to win.

 Mary Lyon Foundation Community Spelling Bee

November 13th, starts at 6:30 P.M.

Mohawk Trail Regional High School

fun and free!

shhhh….here comes the teacher!


The Mary Lyon Foundation wants to say thank-you to these great readers for sharing their Fort Friday adventure with us.  We heard from your teacher Ms. Gajda that you are the best readers, and pretty talented fort builders too.   Reading with flashlights is just the “brightest”  idea!   We hope you continue on with great reading adventures.  Books are fun! 













Building a classroom library brings hours of reading fun to students at Hawlemont School.

We read the book called “Ready Freddy and the Reading Contest”. In the story, the main character was trying to win a reading contest at his school and he discovered that if he made himself a fort, he could hide away and read for hours and it would only seem like he had been reading for a few minutes. My students loved this story and were very happy that Freddy and his classmates won the contest.
On Friday afternoon ( a few days after finishing the book), we had a “surprise” delivery of a very large box to our classroom. The box was addressed to Mrs. Gajda’s 2nd Grade classroom. We quickly gathered in our meeting area and the children tore open the box. Imagine their surprise, when inside they discovered a box full of books and sheets and blankets. Also inside was a letter from Freddy, explaining that Friday was “Fort Day” and that the children were going to spend the afternoon creating forts with a buddy in the classroom and then spend the rest of the afternoon in their forts with all of our new books to read to and with each other. Freddy hoped that the children found reading in a fort as wonderful as he had!
After all of the forts were built (future engineers and architects!), all of the lights in the classroom were turned off and everyone got a flashlight to read with in their forts!  Lots of reading, lots of fun……never underestimate the influence a good book can have on us all!
This activity rivaled having “hot buttered toast with a great deal of butter” for a snack after reading “Mercy Watson Saves the Day.”
Thanks again to the Mary Lyon Foundation for help in finding and funding all of the new books for my classroom. You will also be happy to know that many of the big books that were part of the “package” that was purchased have been read to the students in the k-2 lunch cafeteria during the last 5 minutes of lunch and they love them!