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Representatives of Tanger Outlets in Tilton delivered a Tanger Kids Grant check to Bridgewater-Hebron Village School last week for their programs in the fields of science, technology, engineering, arts and math. On hand for the presentation were (L-R) Tanger Outlets Associate Assistant Manager Chris LaBranche, Office Administrator Justine Milan, General Manager Eric Proulx, BHVS Principal Dana Andrews and Newfound Area School District Superintendent Stacy Buckley. (Photo by Donna Rhodes) (click for larger version)
May 23, 2019
BRIDGEWATER ¬¬– Representatives from Tanger Outlets in Tilton made a stop at Bridgewater-Hebron Village School last week to present them with a check for $1,224 for their latest STEAM project involving students in grades 3-5.

Principal Dana Andrews was pleased to accept the check, saying it would be used to help students gain more knowledge in the areas of science, technology, engineering, arts and math. Otherwise known as STEAM.

The upper grade level students at BHVS have been engaged this year in a project known as P.O.P., which stands for "Power of Possibility." Together they work as mixed age groups in six categories where they delve into design, research, writing, art, architecture, and computer programming for a project of their choice.

"It's really kind of cool to see them all work together like this," Andrews said. "Together they create things then present their finished products to the whole school. That, in itself, is a real learning experience. At these ages it's not always easy to get up in front of a lot people to explain what you've done, but they do a great job at it."

On hand to deliver the check from Tanger Outlets on May 16 were General Manager Eric Proulx, Associate Assistant Manager Chris LaBranche and Office Administrator Justine Milan.

Proulx said each year the national Tanger Kids Grants program provides grants for schools selected from all across the country. The funds they disperse are made possible through coupon book sales for Tanger stores.

"The national program gives us $1 from every coupon book sold nationwide and this time we were given a total of $4,000 to give back to local schools in central New Hampshire," Proulx said.

While more than 30 schools applied for the Tanger Outlet Kids Grants in Tilton, only four were of the local applications were approved. Those came from BHVS, Newfound Memorial Middle School, Canterbury Elementary School and Gilford Elementary School.

This year marks the second in a row that BHVS has been awarded a Tanger Kids Grant. It will be used to purchase Lego kits and other supplies for the P.O.P. program, while the $800 grant Newfound Memorial Middle School received will benefit the school store.

"We're really grateful for all the support from Tanger," Andrews said.

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