Students, school officials from Berlin, Pittsfield plead for more funding from state. May 2019

    Students and school officials from some of New Hampshire’s most economically challenged communities made a plea Tuesday for more funding from the state. The students called on state senators to take action to secure more funds. “Every year, we’re set up to lose more and more, and at some point, there’s going to be nothing […]

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    Pittsfield Listens welcomes new staff! 2019

    Pittsfield Listens is thrilled to welcome new staff to the team: *Amanda Pawlik- Youth Organizer.  As an artist and educator, Amanda brings a passion for exploring stories from many perspectives and giving voice to those who need it most.  *Katie Nikas- Parent Organizer. Katie brings her experience as a Pittsfield community member, Parent, and as […]

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    Student Voice Summit 2018

    On March 23, 2018 over 100 students, educators, and administrators convened at Saint Anselm College. The purpose of this gathering was to connect, collaborate, and learn about the potential impact student voices, when embraced and respected by their school and communities, can have on learning, educational outcomes, and school culture. Organized by NH Listens, the […]

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    Communities Want N.H. to Improve Education Funding, Consider Another Lawsuit. June 2018

    It was standing room only in the lecture hall in Pittsfield Middle School. More than 100 people from Berlin, Franklin, Keene and elsewhere listened as Executive Councilor Andru Volinsky described the history of how the state has funded public education. The main topic was tension over how much money the state sends to local districts. […]

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    “I didn’t feel before like I had a say in the town. I feel differently now.” 2012

    New Hampshire Charitable Foundation 2012 Jen Cole and her daughter Julia stood back when it came to town or school issues. Then they were introduced to Pittsfield Listens, a program that engages community members from diverse backgrounds and different opinions in productive conversations to solve critical problems. Pittsfield Listens is one of eight such independent groups […]

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    Ray Duckler: Problems in Pittsfield? Step right up and see the changes. 2013

    Ray Duckler: Problems in Pittsfield? Step right up and see the changes December 22, 2013 | Concord Monitor Anyone seeking to bad-mouth Pittsfield needs to get past me first. I was in town last Thursday night, at the Scenic Theater, with its colorful cylindrical lights on the walls, and its 20-foot Christmas tree on stage, […]

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    Property-poor. N.H. towns mull an education funding lawsuit against the state. 2018

    6/13/2018 | Concord Monitor Town and school officials from more than half a dozen communities packed the lecture hall at the Pittsfield Middle High School on Wednesday night to learn about how New Hampshire funds its schools and to brainstorm ways to challenge the status quo, including in the courts.  Read more in the Concord Monitor […]

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    In Pittsfield, candidates’ night is at round tables, not podiums. 2013

    In Pittsfield, candidates’ night is at round tables, not podiums March 3, 2013 | Concord Monitor In Pittsfield, the first thing the candidates do after introducing themselves is go sit down among the audience. At the forum hosted by Pittsfield Listens and the Greater Pittsfield Chamber of Commerce yesterday, candidates for elected office in the […]

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    Science teacher reminds Pittsfield students ‘they matter.’ 2017

    Science teacher reminds Pittsfield graduates ‘they matter’ June 17, 2017 | Concord Monitor “Your smile matters. Your tears matter. Your voice matters. Your silence matters. Your intentions, good or bad, matter. What you did, and what you do – matters,” said former Pittsfield middle school science teacher Joshua Shawver. Read the full Concord Monitor article […]

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    Pittsfield Impact Awards Recognize Community Stars. 2014

    Pittsfield Impact Awards Concord Monitor | December 9, 2014 Pittsfield Listens is holding its third annual Pittsfield Community Impact Awards on Thursday, when individuals and groups will be recognized for making positive changes in town.  There will be 15 award categories for the best volunteers, community groups and neighbors.   “Community members are lending each other […]

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