Children’s Trust extends Unsung Hero deadline – The Union Leader



Children’s Trust extends Unsung Hero deadline

CONCORD — New Hampshire Children’s Trust has extended the nomination deadline to Friday for its Unsung Hero Awards, which celebrate parents and caregivers who go above and beyond for their children.

“We often hear about what parents are doing wrong,” said Julie Day, Strengthening Families director at the Children’s Trust. “This is an opportunity to highlight all the amazing things that parents are doing all over the state.”

For the past eight years, the trust has honored parents at the State House, in partnership with the governor’s office. The Unsung Hero Award will recognize 29 parents for the 29 days of February 2016, Parent Recognition Month. For nomination purposes, parents are defined as dual parents, single parents, grandparents, foster and adoptive parents.

The trust said the parents honored will incorporate five protective factors in their lives that help children thrive:

• Parental resilience: They can overcome hard times and bounce back.

• Social connections: They have people who support them.

• Knowledge of parenting and child development: They know where to go to find out about parenting skills and a child’s developmental growth.

• Concrete support in times of need: They know where to turn for help or who can point them in the right direction.

• Social and emotional competence of children: They know how to help a child talk about their feelings and get along with others.

Past award recipients are parents who have overcome adversity, are role models to other parents, or parent with a passion for advocating for their family. To nominate a parent, download a form at nhchildrenstrust.org/unsunghero.

Audubon center plans February Fun Camp

AUBURN — The Massabesic Audubon Center, 26 Audubon Way, is offering a February Fun Camp from Feb. 22 to 26, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The camp is for kids ages 6 to 12 who love snow and nature. Each day, they’ll venture outside for games and explorations. Inside, they’ll visit with Audubon animals and work on nature projects.

Children may attend for a day, several days or the week. The fee is $42 per day for members; $52 for nonmembers. To register or for more information, go to www.nhaudubon.org or call 668-2045.

Curious George coming to children’s museum

DOVER — Curious George and the Man with the Yellow Hat will visit the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 30.

Museum educators will read the classic stories by Margret and Hans “H.A.” Rey throughout the day. A costumed monkey character and the Man with the Yellow Hat will pop in and out to greet children and pose for photos. Monkey-inspired literacy, math and creative activities also are planned.

The visit is part of Books Alive, which aims to make reading a regular family experience. The program is free with admission to the museum, located at 6 Washington St. For more details, go to www.childrens-museum.org.