Taconic and Green Finds Keys to Success


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"It's all there: accountability, acceptance, respect, and teamworkand maybe a dash of humor to help get through the day."

That's how Sarena Barausky describes T&G Middle School Success, an after-school program for at-risk students in Londonderry, New Hampshire.

The idea for the program came to Barausky after she saw a similar program in the area work with high school students.

"We explored available research that directed us towards creating a program that was student-driven," she tells the New Hampshire Union Leader.

T&G started with 20 7th-graders, and has since grown to 120 students in their last two years at three middle schools and one elementary school.

While the high school program focused on academics, T&G's focus is on social and emotional needs of kids transitioning from elementary to middle school.

"Some kids became the first from their family to go off to college," says Tammy Mosher, executive director of the Stratton Community Foundation, which helped fund the program.

"Others developed skills for a career in the professional trades."

Barausky says the biggest threat to the program's first year was the Covid-19 virus, which shut down all four T&G schools during

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