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The Valley Breeze & Observer 11-28-2018

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SMITHFIELD SCITUATE FOSTER GLOCESTER | VALLEY BREEZE & OBSERVER | NOVEMBER 29-DECEMBER 5, 2018 NORTH COUNTY 9 SCITUATE – A local organization has a new look thanks to 12-year-old Madison Scanlon's logo design for Scituate Connected, a community group focused on creating home- grown connections. Madison said her logo design was inspired by all the words that remind her of Scituate. The logo depicts two hands with fingers bent and touching to form an open heart, shaped from the repeated words "love," "together," "commu- nity" and "connected." A member of Scituate Connected, Madison said the group helps stu- dents meet other people they would not have otherwise known. She was introduced to kids from her Scituate Middle School class that she had not previously met through sports or other activities. "We run things for the community to come together and talk and get to know each other," Madison said. The group is new to Scituate, starting last April, and continues to grow in the community. According to founder Lisa Moreau, student safety is a top priority for Scituate Connected, who creates community events to connect students and edu- cate the community about mental health issues. Moreau said the group felt that a lack of community connection caused students to become unhappy in school, and possibly instigate school violence. She and other par- ents were concerned about the well- being of their children, and decided to do something about it. Moreau said she other parents joined together with their children and said, "why not us?" Scituate Connected is "bringing back the welcome wagon," and creat- ing a sense of community, Moreau said. The group's goal is to build empathy and compassion in stu- dents to create kind and competent children throughout Hope, North Scituate and Clayville. "We really just wanted our kids to make sure that every single kid in the community felt connected," Moreau said. Scituate Connected finds its suc- cess through teaming up with groups like Students Against Destructive Decisions, which uses evidence-based research to educate students on men- tal health, drug and alcohol preven- tion. "It's like if you know somebody and know a little bit about them, you're less likely to be unkind to them," she added. With the community's support, she said students are empowered to lead in Connected's youth leadership program. Youth, like Madison, work within the school to help lead the way, while adults work on bringing togeth- er local partnerships to give the kids the same message. "Things work better when we work together," Moreau said. Scituate Connected holds several meetings a month that can be found online or in the town e-mail blast. Recently, the group invited resi- dents to decorate their homes and businesses for the holidays. Residents will judge the competition online via email or Facebook, and the winner will receive a $25 gift certificate to The Home Depot. For more information, contact Scituate Connected at scituatecon- nected@gmail.com . The winner will be announced on Dec. 23. Group makes connections to create safe community By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer jackie@valleybreeze.com MADISON SCANLON, 12, won the Scituate Connected logo contest cre- ating heart-shaped hands made with words that remind her of Scituate: love, connected and together. Holiday decorating contest in Scituate Book clubs meet at Greenville Library SCITUATE – Scituate Connected is hosting a Holiday decorating con- test, with entries due by Thursday, Dec. 13. • Decorate your home or business exterior • Enter the contest by submit- ting the address to scituatecon- nected@gmail.com or the Scituate Connnected Facebook page • A list of contestant addresses will be shared with the town • Residents will vote for their favorite via email or Facebook • Winner will receive a $25 gift certificate to The Hope Depot and bragging rights SMITHFIELD – Greenville Public Library's Mystery Book Club will be reading "The Couple Next Door," by Shari Lapena, and will meet on Tuesday, Dec. 4, at 1:30 p.m. A Novel Bunch Book Club will be reading "The Rosie Effect," by Graeme Simsion. The group will meet on Thursday, Dec. 13, at 6:30 p.m. The Picnic Table Reads Book Club will be reading "Rich People Problems," by Kevin Kwan. The group will meet on Thursday, Dec. 20, at 1 p.m. For more information, visit www. yourlibrary.ws or call 401-949-3630. SMITHFIELD NEWS

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