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Out & About: Dartmouth students offer free tutoring to children of essential workers

Valley News Staff Writer
Published: 5/22/2020 9:24:02 PM
Modified: 5/22/2020 9:23:50 PM

HANOVER — A Dartmouth College student group is offering free tutoring for children of essential workers.

Health Access For All, an organization founded by Uma Ramesh, offers one-on-one tutoring sessions to raise money for nonprofit organizations in the Upper Valley that assist people with paying for health care, including the Good Neighbor Clinic in White River Junction. Dartmouth students tutor children throughout the area for $30 per hour and that money is then donated to nonprofit organizations.

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, tutors are offering their services to children of essential workers for free, or at pay-what-you-can rates. Tutoring will take place over videoconferencing. They will also continue to offer paid tutoring. Proceeds will benefit the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health COVID-19 Community Relief Fund and Feeding America.

“We offer tutoring in all academic subjects, but going into the summer we’re going to concentrate on test prep,” Ramesh said. “We’re also helping students brush up on subjects they’ve had trouble in in preparation for the upcoming school year.”

There are about 50 Dartmouth students who are prepared to tutor children in grades 5-12.

“There obviously have been obstacles and challenges associated with this new reality we’re all living in,” said Maddy Schoenberger, a member of HAFA’s leadership team. Tutors can help students adjust to online learning.

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A reminder that members of the public can view Weathersfield’s Memorial Day Ceremony at noon on Monday via Facebook Live on the “Weathersfield Veteran’s Memorial” Facebook page.

In other Memorial Day news, American Legion Guyer-Carigan Post 22 in Lebanon is asking people to light a candle and place it on their porch at dusk in honor of those who lost their lives serving the United States. It is part of a movement started by the national American Legion organization.

American Legion Post 79 in Thetford will hold two Memorial Day services on May 30. The first will be at 10 a.m. at the Veterans Park in Post Mills and the second will be at 11:30 a.m. the Fairlee Cemetery.

Colby-Sawyer College will be hosting a virtual conversation with community leaders titled “Responding to the Pandemic and Planning for What’s Next” from noon-1 p.m. on Friday. The program will feature New London Hospital President and CEO Tom Manion, Colby-Sawyer College President Susan D. Stuebner, Kearsarge Regional School District superintendent Winfried Feneberg and New London town administrator Kimberly Hallquist. RSVP is required at

Catherine Greenleaf, director of the St. Francis Wild Bird Center in Lyme, is asking people to be on the lookout for female snapping, painted and wood turtles that are crossing roads on their quest to lay eggs. The turtles are on the move a little earlier than usual this year, Greenleaf reported.

Those who find an injured turtle or are concerned about one they see on a road can call Greenleaf for assistance at 603-795-4850.

Being added to the list of canceled summer events is the annual Patrick Ross Music Festival, which was scheduled to take place June 19-21 at Harvest Moon Orchard in Newbury, Vt.

Sullivan County Humane Society’s annual Save-a-Stray 5K is going virtual. Participants can sign up to run a 5K route of their choosing between June 1-15. Registration is $10-$20. For more information, visit the “Sullivan County Humane Society of NH” Facebook page.

Since March 23, the Upper Valley Haven has added 100 new volunteers, according to the nonprofit organization’s newsletter.

Editor’s note: Please send community news items to Liz Sauchelli can be reached at or 603-727-3221. 

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